Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017, as a Category 3 storm after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean, including significant devastation throughout the Leeward, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti.

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to assist in rescue operations for Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/Released).
Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

Grantmaking Timeline

We have raised just over $1.4 million for this Fund. Some donors restricted their gift to Florida sites; others restricted contributions to Caribbean sites.

July 2018 – Begin fund distribution

Grant Committee

The grant committee for the CDP Hurricane Irma 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.

Michael Corley, Senior Consultant, Administration, The Patterson Foundation

Robert “Bob” McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network

Jacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program

John Slocum, Independent Consultant and Associate Senior Researcher CIDOB, Barcelona Center for International Affairs

Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy


New grantees will be posted as additional grant funds are awarded.

The NAACP received a $10,000 grant from CDP’s Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund. They used the funds to train and certify representatives from 25 branches of the NAACP Florida State Conference as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. The CERT program trains volunteers to prepare for, respond to and recover from the types of disasters that their communities may face. The NAACP CERT members will serve as stewards of civil and human rights, and help support their communities before, during and after disasters.

Take Action

The CDP Hurricane Irma 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
Vice President
(206) 972-0187