Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
12/10/12, Submitted by Robert G. Ottenhoff - President and CEO
Q 1: What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?
A 1: The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has raised approximately $400,000 through its
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund.
Q 2: Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
what other purposes will funds be used for?
A 2: More than ninety-five percent of funds will be used for Hurricane Sandy, with up to
five percent retained by the Center to cover our research and grantmaking activities.
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: No monies have been dispersed to date. The Center has a focus on medium- to long-term
recovery and will not disperse funds until longer-term needs emerge.
Q 4: What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
provide in the future?
A 4: The Center has provided timely and relevant Sandy-related information through its
website and hosted two teleconferences for the private philanthropic community. These
efforts are designed to support the donor community to make more effective allocations
to responding organizations. Furthermore, our efforts are designed to keep Hurricane
Sandy in the mind's eye of philanthropists across the medium- and long-term recovery
In the future, the Center will conduct a needs assessment to understand the needs that
will prevail across the medium- and long-term recovery phases. Once the Center
completes its needs assessment, it will launch an RFP inviting need-relevant
organizations to apply for funding from the COP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund.
Proposals will be reviewed by Center staff and board, and then allocated to nonprofit
organizations that demonstrate they are effectively meeting the most pressing needs of
We will distribute funds across all Sandy-affected areas based upon the findings of
our needs assessment. New York, New Jersey, and the Caribbean are likely geographies
that the Center will target.
Q 5: Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
your organization determine the need for funding?
A 5: To date, the Center has not provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts. Going forward, the Center will solicit proposals from a cache of
organizations responding to the prevailing needs faced by vulnerable populations. We
will review the proposal, conduct a staff-led internal review and due diligence, and
submit proposals for board review. Approved proposals will be allocated funds by the
COP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund.
Q 6: Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
determine the need for assistance?
A 6: The Center does not plan to provide direct financial assistance to individuals,
families, or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Q 7: Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.
A 7: The Center plans on dispersing 100% of funds raised.