Photo: Krish Dulal used under a Creative Commons License.

The earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015, with a magnitude of 7.8 was the worst in more than 80 years. Earthquakes can be more devastating than other natural disasters because they usually occur without warning. They can also be more difficult to respond to because the ability of relief organizations to access and maneuver within the affected region is hampered by damage to airports, roads blocked by debris, and buildings unsafe to enter.

While the world focused on Nepal’s immediate needs, CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund focused on medium- and long-term rebuilding and recovery. This disaster left hundreds of thousands of people without permanent shelter, access to clean water, and appropriate medical care.

Through our unparalleled expertise in disaster management and grantmaking, the CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund invested invest in projects and initiatives that supported vulnerable populations; emphasized medium- and long-term funding; filled in funding gaps; and fostered collaborative relationships among funders and nonprofit organizations.

The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, staff, and advisory council—paired with an extensive network of disaster management actors and academics—guided the organization’s grantmaking strategy.

The grant advisory committee included:

  • Lori J. Bertman, President & CEO, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation
  • Bob Ottenhoff, President & CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Bikash Pandey, Director of Innovations, Clean Energy, Environment and Water group, Winrock International
  • Erin Potts, CEO & Co-Founder, Revolutions Per Minute
  • George Varughese, Country Representative, Nepal, The Asia Foundation