Mexico Beach, Florida in January, nearly four months after Hurricane Michael made landfall with winds topping 155 miles per hour.


In response to the needs that will arise following Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael and other storms that may hit throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs, including rebuilding homes and businesses; meeting the needs of young children; and supporting mental health services (among other needs). Specific locations and funding gaps to address unmet needs will be determined by a grant committee that will be established to guide CDP’s staff and board.

The Fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this season’s Atlantic hurricanes.

The 2017 hurricane recovery funds are emblematic of CDP’s approach to investments. For Hurricane Harvey, allocations were made within months following the hurricane’s landfall. Meanwhile, Irma and Maria presented unique situations – particularly in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean – that required rigorous, extended assessments to reflect the complex on-the-ground situation to ensure good stewardship of the funds.

The CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface throughout many parts of the United States and the Caribbean long after our attention has turned away from these major weather events. Through CDP’s unparalleled expertise in disaster management and grantmaking, we will invest in projects and initiatives that:

  • Support vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated.
  • Emphasize funding that is medium- and long-term in nature and based upon prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come.
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce.
  • Foster collaborative relationships among donors – including the sharing of information with funders and nonprofit organizations.
  • Promote cross-sector coordination with government agencies, academics, donors, think tanks, and public/private humanitarian actors.

The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, staff and advisory council – paired with an extensive network of disaster management actors and academics – guides our grantmaking strategy. Emphasis is placed on investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may yet to emerge. CDP will provide due diligence so donors can give to the fund with confidence and ensured.

Major Donors

Thank you to the following donors for their generous support of the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund:

Grant Committee

The grant committee for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund includes:

Committee Chair: Anita Whitehead, Principal at KPMG. Anita is a CDP board member.

Ret Boney, Executive Director, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Laura Harwin, Director of Nonprofit Relations, Community Foundation of North Florida

Leslie Ann Jackson, Vice President of Community Investment and Engagement, North Carolina Community Foundation

Cherry Jochum, Philanthropy Advisor, FEMA

Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Take Action

For information on the work of CDP’s 2017 hurricane funds and how money is being allocated, please see:


For more information, contact:
Regine A. Webster, Vice President                                                          
(206) 972-0187

Robert G. Ottenhoff, President & CEO
(202) 595-1026