Search and rescue operations in Abaco Island and Marsh Harbor Bahamas on Sept. 5, 2019. (CBP Photo Kris Grogan)


The 2019 prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is for a 45 percent chance of a more active-than-average hurricane season. NOAA predicts 10 to 17 named storms with two to four becoming major hurricanes with winds exceeding 111 miles per hour. We have already seen the fury of Hurricane Dorian and its devastating impacts on islands in The Bahamas, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Canada’s Maritime provinces. NOAA’s forecast is concerning – 45 percent is the same percentage predicted for the record-breaking 2017 season when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria battered the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and islands across the Caribbean.

The CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, much like CDP’s other funds, will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs, which may include rebuilding homes and livelihoods; meeting the needs of vulnerable populations; supporting mental health services; and addressing pressing needs that will arise after immediate relief needs are met.

Specific communities and funding gaps to address unmet recovery needs will be determined by a grant committee, comprised of local stakeholders and recovery experts, that will be established to support CDP’s staff and board. The fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this season’s Atlantic hurricanes. Funders also have the opportunity to designate their contribution to a particular region.

The CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface long after our attention has turned away from these major meteorological events. Donors wishing to designate their investment to Hurricane Dorian recovery or a particular country or region can do so by indicating the designation on their donation or by contacting CDP. Otherwise, funds will be pooled to support recovery efforts where funding is needed most. 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, based upon prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months after the disaster.
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce.
  • Foster collaborative relationships among grantees and other organizations.

The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, staff, grant committee 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 in order to address 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 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund:

  • The Patterson Foundation – To read more about their contribution, click here.
  • The UPS Foundation
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • New York Life Foundation

…And the countless number of individuals who have stepped up to support the communities affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Take Action


If you wish to mail in a check, please send to:
Laura Starr
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20005

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

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

Laura Starr, Director of Development
(301) 219-7248