The Coca-Cola Foundation Grants $2 Million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2020) — The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) announced today a $2 million grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund, which has a focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the communities most vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

“In this unprecedented time, we know that we all must act and act quickly in order to support our medical professionals and those for whom this virus is causing significant hardship,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “We are incredibly grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for this generous grant and for their leadership in rapidly mobilizing resources to help communities respond and recover.”

The grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation will be directed in the United States, to places particularly hard hit by COVID-19, including northern California, Washington, New York City and Washington, DC.

“We are deeply concerned about the growing impact of coronavirus, especially in the most vulnerable parts of our communities,” said Helen Smith Price, president, The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We are using our resources to support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy as they support local agencies on the front lines at this difficult time.”

Since its founding in 2010, CDP has raised funds, developed and granted resources, and engaged the philanthropic community in strategic approaches to build effectiveness in disaster response and medium- to long-term recovery.

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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: https://disasterphilanthropy.org, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us @funds4disaster.

The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, The Foundation has awarded more than $1 Billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world, including protecting the environment; empowering women; and the overall well-being of communities through education, youth development, arts and culture and economic development.


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that 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 @funds4disaster.