The 2017 hurricane season was 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.
Though the transition from relief to recovery typically takes place four or five months after a U.S. disaster, that has not been the situation in the Caribbean. While tremendous work is occurring by federal and nongovernmental partners, significant relief work continues and mid- and long-term needs are still being determined. Given this unique situation—particularly in Puerto Rico and the USVI/BVI—CDP is adjusting our grantmaking timeline to incorporate a more rigorous, extended assessment and to reflect the complex on-the-ground situation.
Approximately $2.6 million was donated to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund.
August 2018 – Begin fund distribution
The grant committee for the CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund includes:
Committee Chair: Lori J. Bertman, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge- based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Lori is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of CDP.
Brennan Banks, Operations Manager, Hurricane Irma, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Dee Baecher-Brown, President, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Janice Petrovich, Executive Director, Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico
Sara Moffitt, Program Officer, Crown Family Philanthropies
Javier E. Zapata-Rodríguez, Deputy Director for Economic Development, PathStone Enterprise Center
Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded.
The CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that continue long after the media and public have moved away from this disaster. Please consider supporting the long-term recovery of those most in need.
For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:
Regine A. Webster