CDP’s funds allow donors to collaborate and assist communities with long-term rebuilding aer disasters.
CDP’s funds allow donors to collaborate and assist communities with long-term rebuilding after disasters.

Five key elements drive our grantmaking process.

1. Analysis
CDP experts carefully assess the overall impact of the disaster across three priorities:

  • geographic impact of the storm (e.g. specific cities, towns, and counties)
  • populations affected by the storm (e.g. women, children, older adults, medically dependent)
  • underattended issues that arise resulting from the storm (water, housing, mental health)

We also work to identify how other funders in the region are allocating their dollars.

2. Expertise
While CDP staff drive the analysis portion of our work, we benefit tremendously from the expertise of a fund-specific grant committee. The committee brings together 5 to 8 representatives of local and national philanthropy, the NGO community, and members of the disaster-affected area. These individuals inform our needs assessment, offer advice on unmet needs, review proposals, and make grant recommendations to the full CDP board. This process typically starts four months after a disaster strikes, and concludes at the six-month mark.

3. Community Connections
A third element that drives our grantmaking is community connections. Our team leverages existing relationships with the philanthropic and nonprofit community, makes new ones, utilizes data and maps, connects with community members and other funders, reviews media reports, and takes into account others’ assessments as well. We have no intention of ‘going it alone,’ and our strategic fund distribution process benefits from voices on the ground.

4. Grantee Balance and Focus
Our belief is that when missions match and solid relationships are in place, the grantmaker and grant recipient relationships flows seamlessly. We believe in building local capacity and planning for the future. To do this, we work closely with the grant committee to allocate funds across large and small organizations, local and national organizations, and, organizations that focus on the geographical, population, and issue areas that are highest in need.

5. Grant Solicitation
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy does not accept unsolicited proposals. The results of our needs assessments determine which nonprofit organizations will be invited to apply for funding.