Philanthropy's Response to 2021 Severe Winter Storms

Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response


In February, states across the United States saw extreme cold, snow, and ice in many areas unaccustomed to this type of weather. Southern states have seen the largest impact with large-scale power outages, boil water advisories, food shortages, extensive road closures, and deaths. A comprehensive overview is provided by Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) on their 2021 Winter Storms page.



As various local, state and regional community foundations and philanthropic institutions establish response funds for disaster recovery, we will keep this information up to date.


  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters. For more information, see their 2021 Winter Storms page
  • FEMA is a critical federal partner of the Council that often relies on community foundations and place-based funders before, during, and after a disaster hits. Visit FEMA's Sever Winter Weather in the Southeast¬†press release for addiitonal news, information, and links to specific states to apply for assistance and impacts of COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The Council's Senior Advisor for Public Policy and Partnerships, Stephanie Powers, remains a vital resource and connection between communities and FEMA.

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Stephanie Powers

Senior Advisor for Public Policy & Partnerships