The devastation and destruction from Hurricane Sandy was unimaginable. Across 16 states and several nations, millions of lives were affected. While more than $400 million has been raised for immediate relief efforts, recovery is expected to take up to five more years in the United States, and even longer in the Caribbean.

The CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund was created following the Superstorm to give donors an opportunity to maximize the impact of their generosity to support the full lifecycle of the disaster. The 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.

News Release: The Fund raised close to $500,000, including a match gift of $200,000 from The Patterson Foundation.

Meet the CDP Hurricane Sandy Fund Grantees

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

Screenshot 2013-10-21 13.33.21A $15,000 grant to Human Services Council (HSC) to support its forum, Sandy One Year Later: Assessing Community Recovery and Anticipating Another Disaster.  The forum connected leaders of the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors to discuss 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. Read a Grantee Spotlight on HSC


A $45,000 award to Brooklyn Community Foundation to help develop a planning tool to assess neScreen Shot 2013-08-12 at 4.15.25 PMeds 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.


Screenshot 2014-03-16 18.30.52A $75,000 award to Community Foundation of New Jersey to fund a collaborative project among Creative New JerseyWHYY, and Citizens Campaign. The three organizations will provide training and tools to support community organizing efforts to respond to disasters. WHYY’s NewsWorks will host community dialogue. Creative New Jersey will bring its community organizing expertise to the effort, and Citizens Campaign will empower citizens by helping them understand and navigate local and state governments to enable effective participation in decision-making that impacts their communities.

Screenshot 2014-03-16 18.32.55Council of New Jersey Grantmakers will use its $25,000 grant to create an innovative Philanthropy Playbook  to help funders  consider best practices and the most effective strategies for disaster giving.


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

Screenshot 2013-10-21 13.48.07Make the Road New York plans to invest its $50,000 gift in expanding work with Hispanic populations in Staten Island. The grant will help them identify urgent needs and connecting families for immediate help; provide legal services; help train community members and place them in jobs; and make the voices and interests of the community heard as important decisions aremade about the recovery effort across the affected area.


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New Jersey Future will use 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 will create a network of local recovery planning managers foe three significantly impacted municipalities, who will focus 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 expects to support 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.


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




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