CrowdRise Partners with Center for Disaster Philanthropy for High-Impact Disaster Fundraising

Washington, DCCrowdRise, the largest and fastest-growing fundraising platform dedicated to charitable giving, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), a trailblazer in the transformation of disaster giving, have partnered to help individual donors have a greater, more effective impact on disaster-affected communities. By collectively driving dollars to the nonprofits working on-the-ground, the partnership maximizes resources to meet the full range of relief and recovery needs.

“We created CrowdRise to make it easier than ever to provide help quickly to those who need it most and our partnership with CDP allows us to do just that,” said Robert Wolfe, Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdRise. “We love how passionate and relentless they are when responding to disasters and making sure that donated funds are put to good use.”

In immediate response to major disasters, CrowdRise coordinates with CDP to establish a crowdfunding campaign that summarizes general short- and long-term needs of the impacted community and the nonprofits who are meeting those needs. With a focus on recovery and rebuilding, CDP disperses the donations according to an in-depth assessment of how local response is progressing and the challenges nonprofits are facing as the disaster unfolds.

“In times of disaster, people want to respond quickly while making sure their donation makes a real difference,” said Robert G. Ottenhoff, president and CEO of CDP. “Through our partnership with CrowdRise, donors can accomplish both goals by collectively supporting the long-term recovery of those communities in greatest need.”

CrowdRise? is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising.  CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.
Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to date. For more information visit

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy‘s mission is to transform disaster giving by providing timely and thoughtful strategies to increase donors’ impact during domestic and international disasters. For more, please visit:

With an emphasis on recovery and disaster risk reduction, CDP aims to:

  • Increase the effectiveness of contributions given to disasters;
  • Bring greater attention to the life cycle of disasters, from preparedness and planning, to relief, to rebuilding and recovery efforts;
  • Provide timely and relevant advice from experts with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy;
  • Conduct due diligence so donors can give with confidence; and,
  • Create plans for informed giving for individuals, corporations and foundations.


Julia Bucciero


Kathy Gutowsky
Center for Disaster Philanthropy

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.