The United States’ first major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane to make landfall since Hurricane Wilma washed ashore in South Florida in 2005, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. Recovery efforts are ongoing as long-duration flooding hampered response and recovery activities. FEMA indicates more than 135,000 homes were affected with more than 22,000 homes suffering at least five feet of inundation across 29 counties in Texas.

Texas Army National Guardsmen assist residents affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Aug. 27, 2017. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West

Right now, attention is rightly focused on providing immediate relief to survivors – temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs – and watching how the storm unfolds over the course of the next week. We know from past disasters, especially through our experiences with hurricanes and floods, that full recovery will take many years.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is uniquely focused on highlighting the long view of disaster recovery. In response to the needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs. We expect the long-term needs to be rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors.


The CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that continue long after the TV cameras and news teams rollup coverage and turn the eye of the world away from this disaster. 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 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 be 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 or for additional assistance, please contact:

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

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