The Patterson Foundation Contributes 100,000 Dollars to CDP Tornado Recovery Fund

The Patterson Foundation Contributes 100,000 Dollars to CDP Tornado Recovery Fund

Posted on April 26, 2023
The 2023 tornado season is already one of the most active seasons ever recorded, with each month exceeding the average for tornado activity. More than 400 tornadoes have been confirmed since January, killing approximately 70 people and damaging thousands of homes across several states. Many of the communities hit by these tornadoes are smaller, rural towns with gaps in resources or infrastructure, creating additional challenges in their recovery.

To strengthen vital medium- and long-term recovery efforts in the communities nationwide that have been and will be hit by these severe tornadoes, The Patterson Foundation has given $100,000 to its longtime partner, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), in support of the CDP Tornado Recovery Fund. The CDP Tornado Recovery Fund will focus on recovery needs such as rebuilding homes and livelihoods, mental health services, and other challenges identified in partnership with affected communities as recovery efforts progress.

“The scenes of devastation coming out of towns throughout the south and beyond are a sobering reminder of the constant threat disasters from natural hazards pose to all of us,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The Patterson Foundations understands the long-term challenges caused by a sudden, violent storm. Working with trusted partners such as CDP gives The Patterson Foundation an opportunity to strengthen strategic, invested recovery efforts now and in the future, no matter where the next tornado or disaster strikes.”

CDP works to identify gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most. CDP is the only full-time national resource dedicated to helping donors maximize their impact by making more intentional giving decisions in response to domestic and international disasters. CDP’s expertise and tangible impact on communities worldwide have helped it evolve into a trusted resource for both major philanthropists and grassroots donors in over a decade of work. Additionally, CDP consults with foundations and corporations on disaster-related giving strategies that best align with their missions.

“The number, severity, and geographic spread of tornadoes this year are serious causes for concern,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of CDP. “Entire communities are being destroyed, with limited options available to them for their recovery. On their behalf, I thank The Patterson Foundation for their generosity and for once again setting an example to other donors.”

Since 2013, The Patterson Foundation has given nearly $6.3 million to CDP for operations and recovery efforts in the aftermath of disasters around the world.

Learn more about ways to support the CDP Tornado Recovery Fund.

Visit The Patterson Foundation’s website to learn more about its approach to disaster funding.

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