Honoring Our Partners
On June 11, 2015, the Save the Children board of trustees hosted a Partner Recognition event honoring leadership from top corporate and foundation partners – especially those who stand with us to support emergency preparedness and response. The event was held at the National Restaurant Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Themed “Spotlighting Innovative Investments in Times of Crisis,” the evening celebrated Save the Children’s private-sector partners, particularly those providing significant support to emergencies. In 2014, the honorees were instrumental in enabling Save the Children to respond to 103 emergencies, reaching almost 11 million people, including nearly 6 million children.
Some of those honored support Save the Children’s response to natural disasters, while others enable us to mitigate the effect of conflict-driven emergencies. Still others partner with us to ensure that families and communities in the U.S. and around the world are prepared for the next crisis.
Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles opened the event by citing the vital importance of foundation and corporate partners to Save the Children’s emergency work. Her remarks were followed by a keynote address by Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the State Department. Richard addressed current humanitarian challenges, including the ominous trend of “festering, persistent crises” and the fact that these crises have driven 51 million people from their homes, a higher figure than at any time since World War II.
A highlight of the evening was a “fireside chat,” moderated by Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Panelists were Hugh Chang from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Karen Kawanami from The Walt Disney Company; Johann Huleatt of Bruderhof communities; Katie Loovis from GSK and Brennan Banks from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Led by Ottenhoff, the panelists had a discussion about their organizations’ giving philosophies and their roles in emergency preparedness and response. They also discussed funding of long-term emergencies, such as that in Syria, and the impact of field visits to see the results achieved through their donations.
The final event of the evening was the presentation of Recognition Awards by Save the Children Board Chair Anne Mulcahy to some four dozen Foundation and Corporate partners.