The 2017 Hurricane season has become one of the most active seasons on record, with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey making direct hits on the U.S. mainland, as well as devastating Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Cuba. Hurricane Maria made a direct pass over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm, devastating the area for the second time in the span of ten days. Hurricane Jose made an indirect pass on the Carolinas and the northern seaboard as it swept back out to sea.

On Sept. 8, three storms threatened from left: Tropical Storm Katia, Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose, which would intensify into a hurricane. Credit NOAA/NASA GOES Project

In response to the needs that will arise following these storms and others that may hit throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, the CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term recovery needs. We expect the long-term needs to include: rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure; meeting the needs of young children; and supporting mental health needs. Specific locations and unmet needs will be determined by a grant advisory committee that will be established to guide CDP’s staff and board.

The fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this season’s Atlantic hurricanes.


The CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface throughout many parts of the United States and the Caribbean long after our attention has turned away from these disasters. Through CDP’s unparalleled expertise in disaster management and grantmaking, we will invest in projects and initiatives that:

  • Support vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated;
  • Emphasize funding that is medium- and long-term in nature and based upon prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come;
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce;
  • Foster collaborative relationships among donors – including the sharing of information with funders and nonprofit organizations; and,
  • Promote cross-sector coordination with government agencies, academics, donors, think tanks, and public/private humanitarian actors.

The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, staff, and advisory council – paired with an extensive network of disaster management actors and academics – guides our grantmaking strategy. Emphasis is placed on investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may yet to emerge. CDP will provide due diligence so donors can give to the fund with confidence and ensured accountability.

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Disaster philanthropy has become an all-too-necessary practice in recent years. Yet donors still are challenged to determine how, when, and to whom to give to have the greatest impact. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy helps individual, family, corporate, and institutional donors answer the question, “How can I help?” more easily and quickly in the wake of a disaster. The Center provides a platform of learning and connection with leading disaster experts and other disaster philanthropists that brings more private money to disaster response efforts.

For more information, please contact:

Regine A. Webster
Vice President
(206) 972-0187

Robert G. Ottenhoff
President & CEO
(202) 595-1026