Cyclone Idai aftermath in Mozambique. (Photo by Denis Onyodi: IFRC/DRK/Climate Centre; CC BY 2.0)


We know all too well that disasters can – and do – strike at any time, in any place around the world. Some disasters make headlines; most others, particularly those in other countries, do not. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) regularly monitors the status of disasters internationally, including the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the far-reaching Venezuelan refugee crisis; the destructive impacts of Tropical Cyclone Idai – one of the most devastating cyclones to hit the Southern hemisphere; and the world’s largest humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

Private philanthropy has a unique and critical role to play in the relentless spread of global humanitarian crises by providing urgently needed help and support to people globally, whether they are affected by drought, disease, civil war or natural disasters. These crises have become a defining epidemic of this decade. Your vital support will assist organizations on the ground in countries focused on recovery efforts.

CDP has established a Global Recovery Fund, our exclusive fund for international disasters. This fund allows donors to earmark contributions to meet specific philanthropic goals for any global crisis to support medium- to long-term recovery work.  Or, there is the option to allow CDP to allocate your investment where it is needed the most. The Global Recovery Fund provides an efficient, flexible solution to expedite a gift to address medium- to long-term recovery at sudden on-set disasters or protracted humanitarian emergencies.

CDP launched the fund during the Cyclone Idai: Responding to an International Crisis webinar. Watch the webinar recording to learn more: 

Major Donors

Thank you to the following donors for their generous support of the CDP Global Recovery Fund:

  • The Patterson Foundation – To read more about their contribution click here. TPF will donate $250,000 each time other donors contribute $250,000 (up to $750,000).
  • James R. Meadows, Jr. Foundation

Grant Committee

CDP will establish a standing grant committee that will review and approve both designated and non-earmarked funding; the grant committee may advocate for pooling flexible funding for international disasters. To guide grantmaking selections, CDP will create comprehensive impact reports with a broad selection of sub-stories and beneficiary highlights to draw from for a designated gift or for the committee’s consideration.

Read about CDP’s grantmaking, CDP Global Refugee Crisis Fund.

Take Action

The CDP Global Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to meet the ongoing and ever-expanding challenges presented by international disasters.


For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:

Laura Starr
Director of Development
(301) 219-7248