While immediate relief dollars went to housing, food and clothing, the CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund was established to invest in long-term projects that fill gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce. CDP requested grant applications from NGOs committed to projects that cross broad disciplines to ease the transition from disaster to normalcy; foster collaboration among donors; use existing local philanthropic networks and work to strengthen local philanthropy; promote cross-sector coordination with academics, donors, think tanks, and public and private humanitarian actors; and support innovative research that informs policy and strengthens future disaster preparation and response.

The CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund grant advisory committee included:

  • Committee Chair: Lori J. Bertman, President & CEO, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation
  • Doug Bauer, Executive Director, The Clark Foundation, Senior Vice President, The Clark Estates, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Greenstein, Director of External Affairs, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Bob Ottenhoff, President & CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Irwin Redlener, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Nina Stack, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

CDP made the first round of grants in September 2013, a second in October 2013, and a third in February 2014. Grantees include the following:

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A $15,000 grant was made to Human Services Council (HSC) to support its forum, Sandy One Year Later: Assessing Community Recovery and Anticipating Another Disaster,  took place Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.  HSC connected leaders of the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors and discussed recent survey findings about the nonprofit human services sector’s response to Superstorm Sandy, continuing recovery efforts, and approaches to preparing for the next disaster.

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A $45,000 award was made to Brooklyn Community Foundation to develop a planning tool to assess needs and conditions at the neighborhood level; create a series of neighborhood maps that illustrate the recovery progress; train community partners how to use data for long-term planning purposes; and support civic dialogue on community recovery and planning.

A $75,000 award was made to Community Foundation of New Jersey to fund a collaborative project among Creative New Jersey, WHYY, and Citizens Campaign. The three organizations provided training and tools to support community organizing efforts to respond to disasters. WHYY’s NewsWorks hosted community dialogue. Creative New Jersey brought its community organizing expertise to the effort, and Citizens Campaign empowered citizens by helping them understand and navigate local and state governments to enable effective participation in decision-making that impacts their communities.

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
used its $25,000 grant to create an innovative Philanthropy Playbook  to help funders consider best practices and the most effective strategies for disaster giving.

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The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University
used the $48,000 award to write a trade book designed to advance knowledge about Superstorm Sandy, climate change, and the future of cities to inform recovery efforts and strengthen community resilience.

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Make the Road New York
invested its $50,000 gift in expanding work with Hispanic populations in Staten Island. The grant helped them identify urgent needs and connected families for immediate help; provided legal services; helped train community members and placed them in jobs; and made the voices and interests of the community heard as important decisions were made about the recovery effort across the affected area.

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New Jersey Future
used its $25,000 grant to build Sandy-affected towns’ capacity to manage recovery issues while taking the longer-term view and planning to become more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. Specifically, it created a network of local recovery planning managers for three significantly impacted municipalities, who focused on medium- and long-term community needs.

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The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development
received $26,600 to extend the reach of its Hurricane Sandy Victim Outreach Initiative to immigrant populations. The group supported 124 people through food vouchers, Wal-Mart gift cards, and access to case management, homelessness prevention, rental assistance, career development, housing counseling, senior services, and energy assistance.

Turnaround for Children, Inc.
, received $65,000 to partner with 10 New York City schools to provide specific interventions designed to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma exacerbated by Sandy.

Foundation Center
used $20,000 to implement a research project and produce a report on how the philanthropic community responded to Sandy and how dollars were allocated across geographic areas, target populations, and topical areas.