Letter from the Chair

Chair AnneMarie Staley (third from left) and other board members  pause for a photo while sorting food at the San Antonio Food Bank

AnneMarie Staley, CBCP, MBCI
Chair, DRI Foundation

It can be hard to sit back and focus on the long-term impact of the work that we all do – the cycle of response and recovery can be all-consuming. It’s important to take a moment to recognize the extraordinary commitment and passion of our professional community. The Annual Review provides a great chance to recognize all we do to promote resilient communities worldwide at the Disaster Recovery International Foundation.

This year was a banner year for the DRI Foundation in which we dramatically expanded our outreach and programs. The DRI Foundation is strongly committed to promoting volunteerism, as showcased on Volunteer Day, which is organized every year for the Saturday before the DRI conference as a way to give back to our host cities. We were honored to receive citywide proclamations declaring DRI Foundation Day from both Las Vegas and Nashville.

In keeping with the spirit of giving back in ways that support our professional community, our Veterans Outreach Program and brand-new Women in Business Continuity Program grew by leaps and bounds under the leadership of our fiercely dedicated, volunteer-led committees. We awarded scholarships and created initiatives to give qualified candidates a hand up and into a rewarding career path in business continuity. Be sure to page through the 2017-2018 Annual Review for some great pictures!

Our commitment to education was also exemplified by the award of two scholarships for the children of Certified Professionals – you won’t want to overlook their inspiring essays! In addition to these DRI Foundation-led programs, we also fundraised to support the ongoing recovery from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which posed a tremendous challenge for our professionals and the broader community.

These initiatives reflect the needs we see from our professional community. We are so proud of our continued efforts to advance the Foundation’s mission of promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education and aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism.

We invite you to read the 2017-2018 Annual Review and learn more about all the great programs that reflect our funding priorities. As always, we want to hear from you, so please reach out with your ideas, feedback, and to find out how you can help.

Sincerely,

AnneMarie Staley