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.

U.S. Coast Guard members rescue locals from flood water on their flat-bottom boats in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 2016. The Coast Guard sent water and air assets to assist the victims in the Baton Rouge area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)
U.S. Coast Guard members rescue locals from flood water on their flat-bottom boats in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 2016. The Coast Guard sent water and air assets to assist the victims in the Baton Rouge area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

Overview

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.

Grantmaking Timeline

The Fund was inaugurated with a $200,000 lead gift.

Grantees

Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded.

Take Action

For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:

Robert G. Ottenhoff
President & CEO
(202) 595-1026
bob.ottenhoff@disasterphilanthropy.org

Lori J. Bertman
President and CEO, Pennington Family Foundation
Co-founder and Board Chair, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
(225) 806-9109
Lori@penningtonfamilyfoundation.org