Center for Disaster Philanthropy

About Center for Disaster Philanthropy

We mobilize philanthropy to strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur.

Since 2010, CDP has been helping individuals, foundations and corporations increase the effectiveness of their philanthropic response to disasters and humanitarian crises.

We envision a world where the impact of disasters is minimized by thoughtful, equitable and responsible recovery for all.

With our emphasis on medium- and long-term recovery and equity-focused disaster giving, we:
-> Direct financial and technical support where it is needed most.
-> Provide expert and timely advice from professionals with deep disaster planning, response and preparedness expertise, and experience as philanthropists.
-> Offer educational resources so you can make informed decisions about where and when to give.

Our Theory of Change:
-> Educate and inform. As the expert on all issues regarding the life cycle of disasters, CDP will be active throughout the year, widely disseminating our expertise through our website, the media, webinars and our partners.
-> Help donors collaborate. CDP will help funders learn, present opportunities for collaboration and help leverage their collective strength through funds and other activities.
-> Be a thought leader. We will provide leadership in transforming the way government and philanthropy respond to disasters.
-> Coordination. We will help philanthropists coordinate giving across sectors to achieve maximum impact, leverage and timing of gifts.
-> Increase effectiveness and impact. We will help to increase the effectiveness of donor dollars given for disasters.



June 2020 - January 2021 Washington, DC
“Working at CDP was a wonderful experience. I not only had the opportunity to work on multiple projects and expand my skill set but I also had the chance to met and learn from a welcoming and informed community of CDP leadership and staff. ”
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