In 2016, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy publicly launched the Gulf Coast Resilience Innovation Fund (GCRIF) with a lead gift from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation in honor of the tenth anniversary of Katrina and the many donors who contributed over time to the recovery of the Gulf. The gift is an outgrowth of the experiences of the Pennington Disaster Resilience Fund, which was the first proactive grantmaking fund that created and funded solution-based programs throughout the entire life cycle of a disaster, and is meant to encourage other foundations to contribute to this Fund.
The purpose of the GCRIF is to identify best practices, lessons learned, and innovative experiments from the Gulf Coast that can be replicated in other areas of the world. At the same time, the Fund identifies innovations elsewhere that can be applied with Gulf Coast communities.
The Fund was inaugurated with a $200,000 lead gift.
Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded.
For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:
Robert G. Ottenhoff
President & CEO
Lori J. Bertman
President and CEO, Pennington Family Foundation
Co-founder and Board Chair, Center for Disaster Philanthropy