CDP Launches Fund to Support Tornado Recovery

Arkansas National Guard relief photoFollowing a string of deadly tornadoes across the Midwest and South, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is activating its Fund for mid-term and long-term recovery. You can learn more about The CDP Disaster Recovery Fund by visiting our website.

“Immediate needs must be met. Lives must be saved and vital functions restored. But if disaster funding begins and ends there, the opportunity for strategic long-term recovery and true rebuilding of the community has passed, said Robert G. Ottenhoff, President and CEO of CDP.  “The CDP Disaster Recovery Fund is a way for donors to collaborate and coordinate their disaster giving through several stages of this disaster.”

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

In addition to awarding grants for specific emergencies, the fund makes strategic investments in research, preparedness, and planning, fully demonstrating the value of a streamlined, long-term approach.

A severe storm system swept across the Midwest and South on April 27-28, with heavy rains, hail and tornadoes, causing damage in at least 10 states. At least 30 people were killed by tornadoes in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, according to FEMA. Severe weather also caused damaging storms and tornado activity in North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Georgia.




The Center for Disaster Philanthropy mobilizes philanthropy to strengthen communities’ ability to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. It provides expert advice and resources while managing domestic and international disaster funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. Find out more at and on Twitter @funds4disaster.