When your disaster giving falls outside typical grantmaking processes or organizational priorities, you need a strategic plan that enables you to respond quickly and effectively. Our consulting services team provides the one-on-one guidance you need to ensure your disaster giving is more intentional. And, our pragmatic focus means that your plan can be easily implemented.

CDP works with you to design custom strategies that align with your organization’s priorities, grantmaking experience, and values. We take the time to get to know what really matters to you and your organization.

The CDP strategic planning process is designed to help you:

Advance your values. Achieve your disaster-related giving goals by implementing a rigorous grantmaking program that advances your organizational objectives and values. Find out how we helped the Westfield Insurance Foundation become a more strategic disaster grantmaker.

Leverage cross-sector opportunities. In 2013 and 2014, CDP made long-term recovery grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects that filled gaps where public resources were unavailable or scarce. These were awarded to organizations that promoted interdisciplinary and cross-sector approaches to recovery; fostered collaboration among donors; and supported innovative research to inform policy and strengthen future disaster preparation and response.

Respond globally. Take an innovative, high-impact approach to international disasters by leveraging CDP’s programmatic expertise and extensive partner network. Our focus is on helping you invest well rather than quickly in order to meet the greatest needs and fill funding gaps that may still be emerging. Through our Global Refugee Crisis Fund, we have helped funders collectively address immediate issues while building solutions to long-term challenges.

Lead your community. Become a leader in planning and preparing your community for disasters. As part of a series of disaster resilience workshops in the Midwest, see how CDP’s consulting services team helped Duluth increase the community’s disaster capacity. Through our Midwest Early Recovery Fund, we regularly host and facilitate convenings with funders, disaster specialists, government leaders, and nonprofit service providers on leadership for low-attention disasters where funding, media coverage and government support is limited.