Center for Disaster Philanthropy Grants Total $10.9 Million in Support of Disaster Recovery in the US and Abroad in 2019

Strategic investments to 65 organizations in support of recovery, particularly among vulnerable populations

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 30, 2019) — The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) announced today a summary of its 2019 grants in support of recovery efforts in communities affected by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires and cyclones. With a focus on vulnerable and at-risk populations, CDP prioritizes investments in community-based organizations to support programs essential for individuals to rebuild their lives and for communities to recover.

The grants were made possible by foundations, corporations and thousands of donors contributing to a $10.9 million portfolio, entrusting CDP to effectively invest in on-the-ground nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) where the dollars can have the most impact. The list of the 65 organizations that received grants is available here.

CDP supports targeted, localized and holistic grantmaking, including major initiatives such as:

  • In northern California after the deadly Camp Fire, a grant to support expanded mental health outreach, assistance and services for school-aged children and their families across Butte County.
  • In North Carolina for Hurricane Florence recovery, a grant to improve disaster services and assistance through indirect and direct assistance to people with disabilities, advocacy and more inclusive emergency management planning.
  • In Malawi and Mozambique, Cyclone Idai had major impacts on the agriculture and health sectors. Grants were awarded to support recovery, risk reduction and resiliency to advance preparedness measures.
  • In Texas, two years after Hurricane Harvey, grants to continue repair and rebuild of houses, disaster case management and support of immigrant communities as long-term recovery efforts continue.
  • On Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, grants to fund debris removal programs with a cash-for-work approach to support livelihoods for the local community — a first step toward families returning home and the islands’ recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

CDP grantmaking in disaster-affected areas in the U.S. and abroad support strategic, long-term recovery to build stronger, more resilient communities.


About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)
Our mission is to transform disaster giving by providing timely and thoughtful strategies to increase donors’ impact and effectiveness during domestic and international disasters. In the face of intensifying natural disasters and worsening humanitarian crises, CDP also works to raise awareness of the urgent need to support the full life cycle of disasters, from mitigation and preparedness to long-term recovery and resilience, particularly among vulnerable populations. CDP is currently managing six Disaster Funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. For more information, visit:, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us  @funds4disaster.

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.