The Center for Disaster Philanthropy Receives $5 Million Commitment from The Humana Foundation for Its CDP COVID-19 Response Fund

Support for nonprofits working directly to respond to the pandemic among vulnerable populations

WASHINGTON (May 4, 2020) – Through a commitment from The Humana Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy announced today a $5 million grant to its CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to aid pandemic response in the United States. With this grant from the Foundation, CDP is better positioned to support response and recovery among communities that need it most.

The Humana Foundation’s gift is part of its historic April 30 announcement to commit $50 million to coronavirus relief and recovery efforts to a select group of organizations supporting essential workers, food security, behavioral health and local communities. The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund grants are going to social service organizations focused on supporting low-income households, small businesses, immigrants, refugees, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, older adults, people with disabilities, and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the crisis.

“The Humana Foundation understands the far-reaching strain the pandemic has placed on many organizations working on the frontlines to provide healthcare, food and employment for those disproportionality affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, and our aim is to remove barriers and help them respond, recover and rebuild,” said Walter D. Woods, chief executive officer of The Humana Foundation. “Our intention with this commitment is to not only help provide immediate crisis relief, but also serve as a catalyst in building sustainable achievement and long-term community resilience.”

“We are grateful for this exceptionally generous grant from The Humana Foundation,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “Our Fund is already providing critical resources to people and organizations on the frontlines of the crisis and to those in need. The Foundation’s gift will help us to continue and expand this important work.”

To date, the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed more than $4.6 million to 21 organizations working in the U.S. and abroad.


About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP is currently managing six domestic and international 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.

About The Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit

Humana and The Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

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.