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


All Hands and Hearts received $200,000 in the form of a matching grant for their Rebuilding Resilient Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael program which will provide critical repairs and interior finishes to 18 homes in Bay County.

CORE (Community Organized Response, Resilience, Recovery Effort) was awarded $250,000 to support their North Carolina Housing Rehabilitation and Resiliency Program in Robeson County which targets the Lumbee Native American community to assist with housing repairs to 50 homes and build community resilience through local capacity building efforts.

Disabilities Rights North Carolina received $150,000 to improve disaster services and assistance through indirect and direct assistance to people with disabilities, advocacy and more inclusive emergency management planning.

Habitat for Humanity of Bay County was awarded $177,163 for their Hurricane Michael Critical Home Repair Program which will provide repairs to 55 homes in Bay County to low-to middle- income families.

Land Loss Prevention Project received $50,000 for staff support to provide legal services to address immediate critical needs of homeowners, landowners and farmers in the 34 disaster recovery counties.

Legal Services of North Florida was awarded $100,000 to support their Hurricane Michael Legal Advocacy program which provides persons affected by Hurricane Michael with legal assistance, information and access to resources to maintain or secure housing.

Mennonite Disaster Service received $250,000 for building materials to build up to four new homes or perform 10 critical home repairs for families still in need referred by local disaster case management and the North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group in rural Jackson and Calhoun Counties.

North Carolina Baptists on Mission was awarded $250,000 to provide direct support and assistance for housing repairs to 60 families using their three program support hubs (Robeson, Craven and Duplin counties) which will feed, house and mobilize up to 300 volunteers a day.

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle received $200,000 for the critical repair of 20 homes in Bladen and Pender counties.

ToolBank was awarded $50,000 to establish a tool bank with up to 5,000 square feet of warehouse space in Panama City to provide tools free of charge to nonprofits and community-based organizations working in housing recovery.

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