Philanthropy's Response to Spring 2020 Severe Storms

Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response

Disaster Overview

Communities across the South and Southeastern United States are reeling from at least 34 tornadoes and severe storms that have left many dead and more than a million people are without power. This is particularly devastating for an area of the country that has been grappling with the impact of COVID-19 and will test the already stretched public health and emergency response systems in the region. 

As updates about the storm's impacts and opportunity to support long-term recovery in affected communities are available, this page will be regularly updated with more resources and information on any funds established to support disaster response and recovery. 


The Council is co-sponsoring a webinar series with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the next webinar on April 28 will be about managing multiple disasters during a pandemic.

Council Disaster Grantmaking Resources

Foundations can access our Disaster Grantmaking Resources to understand how to effectively respond to a disaster.

Disaster Philanthropy Resources

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters.

FEMA Resources

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. 

Response Funds

As various local, state and regional community foundations and philanthropic institutions establish response funds for disaster recovery, we will flag them here.

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Stephanie Powers

Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Partnerships