Examining 2015’s Accomplishments and Looking Forward to the Work of 2016

It’s hard to believe that we are just six weeks away from the end of another year. This past year has been an exciting one for those of us at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy working with hundreds of philanthropic leaders around the country to make giving to disaster related activities more strategic and more intentional.
This past year has also been the first full year of work for our Midwest Early Recovery Fund. We continue to be amazed by the important work that goes on in small communities, where hundreds of people are often left to struggle following disasters regarded by the rest of the nation as insignificant.
In addition, as many of you remember, last April and May, Nepal was rocked by two significant earthquakes. The following summer months brought hundreds of aftershocks and a heavy monsoon season. We launched the CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund following the earthquake, focused on meeting the long-term needs of this disaster, even after the world’s attention shifted to other crises. Over 260 donors decided to participate. Before the end of the year, we’ll be able to share with you our grantees and the focus of their work in Nepal’s recovery.
Each of these represents a piece of our ongoing mission to transform disaster philanthropy. How has a disaster this year changed the way you approach funding in a crisis? We’d love to hear your story.

Robert G. Ottenhoff

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