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 was 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)


Center for Disaster Philanthropy research identified several needs that exceed the capacity of government and local nongovernmental capacity including: housing, medical and mental health needs, and small business recovery.

Grantmaking Timeline

Approximately $300,000 was donated to the CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund.

February 2018 – Full fund distribution

Grant Committee

The grant committee for the Mexico Earthquake 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.

Aryah Somers Landsberger, Director of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Eliza Brennan, Program Officer, Education/Arts & Culture , International Community Foundation

Carlos E. Mejia, Humanitarian Change Goal Manager, Oxfam America Foundation

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


Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded

Take Action

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