A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico on September 19, 2017, killing nearly 400 people. In Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City, close to the earthquake’s epicenter, there was widespread damage to homes, schools, businesses, and public infrastructure. While the Government of Mexico has an incredibly high capacity to respond to disasters, international assistance will be necessary to support a full recovery for all affected communities.

The earthquake left many buildings destroyed across the city, including this one in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. (Photo by Natasha Pizzey for Direct Relief)

In response to the needs that will arise following the earthquake, the CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term recovery needs. We expect the long-term needs to include: rebuilding homes, meeting the education and protection needs of young children; providing water, sanitation, and hygiene services; economic development; and supporting mental health needs. Specific locations and unmet needs will be determined by a grant committee that will be established to guide CDP’s staff and board.

The Fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this earthquake.


The CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface throughout the earthquake-affected area of Mexico long after our attention has turned 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 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