Supporting the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's operations

Supporting the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's operations

Posted on April 21, 2014 by The Patterson Foundation
We work locally and beyond to drive purposeful partnerships in philanthropy. One of our national partners, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is transforming how the philanthropic sector looks at and responds to disasters in more effective and meaningful ways.

This kind of transformation takes time and attention to quality operations, which is why we have been staunch supporters of CDP's operations fundraising through matching challenges. We recently contributed a $50,000 gift of unrestricted operating funds to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). The gift is in addition to our current 1:2 match opportunity for CDP, which, once completed, will provide up to $600,000 in operating funds for the organization in 2014.

In 2013, we challenged CDP to raise operating funds to sustain itself during its first year of operations. The dollar-for-dollar match from The Patterson Foundation was an incentive for CDP, which gained $440,000 for its operations – including $220,000 in match dollars from the foundation.

Following Hurricane Sandy, we issued a match up to $200,000, which resulted in $401,400 available through CDP’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund to support long-term relief efforts.

Since launching in late 2012, CDP has worked to enhance the impact of disaster-related donations through:
  • Emphasis on collaboration across the philanthropic landscape, including coordination between public and private entities
  • Focusing on the continuing need for donations during the entire life cycle of a disaster
  • Providing strategic resources and expert advice to corporations, groups and private individuals to promote effective giving

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  • Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.


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