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.

June/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

Maureen Lawless, Interim President & CEO, The Funders Network

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


Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded.

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:

Anna Hurt
Assistant Director, Disasters and Grants
(785) 307-1007

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