CDP Disaster Recovery Fund

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As dramatic images circulate alongside startling statistics of lives lost and billions of dollars in damages, we are moved to do something – anything – to help right after a disaster. Immediate needs must be met, lives must be saved and vital functions restored. But if disaster funding begins and ends there, we have missed the opportunity to support strategic long-term recovery and rebuilding.

Imagine, instead, the tactical allocation of funds across the entire disaster life cycle, from disaster preparedness to long-term recovery. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Disaster Recovery Fund allows donors to target contributions to meet specific philanthropic goals for any domestic disaster to help communities rebuild stronger and prepare for future disasters. Click To Tweet
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In addition to awarding grants for specific emergencies, the CDP Disaster Recovery Fund makes strategic investments in research, preparedness and planning, fully demonstrating the value of a streamlined, long-term approach. As a permanent resource for the disaster philanthropy community, the fund extends beyond the crisis of disaster response to help create thriving communities, all the while combining efforts for greatest impact.

With thoughtful analysis ahead of disasters, each dollar given can be used to its full potential. That means less waste and duplicated efforts. Combined dollars can also reach further toward lasting solutions to systemic inequities.

To support the recovery efforts for the fires in California and Colorado, please donate to the CDP California Wildfires Recovery Fund and CDP Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund

To support hurricane recovery efforts, please donate to the CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund.

This fund supports disasters such as:

Mental health

Following a disaster, communities are often faced with mental health crises.

Advocacy for equitable recovery

This includes support for those advocating for wage earners and workers who lost their income as a result of the wildfires, affordable housing, housing repair and utility assistance.

Social services

We fund programs for disproportionately affected populations as they see needs for social services continue.

Leadership accountability and trustworthy information

We support efforts to ensure those holding leadership positions are accountable for systems failures. We also fund organizations working to disseminate accurate information about existing challenges.

Mitigation and preparedness

We support building response capacity and improving infrastructure to mitigate risks to the most marginalized communities affected.

With support from our Disaster Recovery Fund, our grantee partners are helping affected communities rebuild stronger.

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Supporting direct assistance services to address unmet needs quickly

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Thank you to the following donors for their generous support of the CDP Disaster Recovery Fund.

Crown Family Philanthropies
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Nike Foundation logo
Lisa Douglas Goldman Fund logo
  • William F. Bukart
  • Kim Seats
  • Allison Pearce
  • Bright Funds Foundation
  • Jim and Mary Fuller Giving Fund

CDP’s Disaster Recovery Fund, shepherded by a team of experts in disaster philanthropy, offers a place for donors to give with confidence, knowing that monies given will target both emerging and imminent needs.

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For more information on the situation and to learn about available resources, contact Sally Ray, Director, Domestic Funds.

To make a give or learn more about the Fund, please contact our Development Team.

Photo of airmen, soldiers and civilians with the National Guard repair the home of Michelle Samuel of LaPlata, Md., during “National Rebuilding Day.” (Credit: Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard)

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