An active 2015 for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

An active 2015 for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Posted on January 06, 2016 by Michael Corley, consultant with The Patterson Foundation

Looking back, 2015 was another active year for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), which is a partner of The Patterson Foundation. CDP's CEO Bob Ottenhoff provided an update in his latest blog post, which we are re-sharing here:

Dear Friends of CDP,

2015 brought more natural disasters around the world with more intensity than ever before, affecting millions of people. It has been very gratifying for us at CDP to work with so many of you here in the United States and around the globe to explore how to better respond to disasters - from more comprehensive planning, to more effective response, to building resilient communities.

We know our work is long-term and requires many different, but simultaneous, paths. Our efforts this year have included:

  • Launching the second edition of the annual research report, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions. The online platform combines information from six global sources and allow users to view and interact with multiple streams of data simultaneously.
  • Bringing together more than 300 donors in 15 different countries, including CDP's largest single contribution, to support the people of Nepal after a devastating earthquake.
  • Establishing and managing Funds for the Ebola Crisis and Refugee Crisis.
  • At the request of the Rockefeller Foundation, connecting 40 governmental jurisdictions competing for HUD's $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition with hundreds of philanthropic organizations.
  • Continuing development of the first-ever Disaster Philanthropy Playbook: A Guide for Philanthropists and Funders, a digital guide to help communities prepare for and recover from disasters more effectively.
  • Designing and implementing the Midwest Early Recovery Fund to efficiently and effectively allocate monies to organizations supporting the needs of vulnerable populations affected by low attention disasters in ten states in the Midwest. Awarded twelve grants totaling over $645,000 to nine agencies in seven communities in four states.
  • Stewarding the curriculum design and implementation of a program supporting 17 community foundations around the topic of disaster response and preparedness.

As the year comes to a close, we hope that we can count on you for your continued support so we can keep bringing you the most comprehensive work on disasters and disaster philanthropy. Thank you for remembering CDP in your year-end giving.


Best wishes,

Robert G. Ottenhoff

President & CEO

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