CDP awards CCUSA grant to help with wildfire recovery

February 11, 2021
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One of CDP’s largest grants will support disaster response in wildfire-affected areas in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State

 Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) receives $1 million from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) Disaster Recovery Fund to assist long-term recovery efforts from the recent wildfires. One of the largest that CDP has awarded a single organization, this grant will help Catholic Charities agencies meet the needs of communities across California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State impacted by the multiple devastating wildfires in 2020.

Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA, said, “We are grateful to CDP for recognizing the importance of long-term disaster recovery, enabling Catholic Charities agencies to provide individuals and families with direct aid, home repair, home rebuilding, health care services and other programs that enable long term financial stability.”

CCUSA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, deploys disaster response experts to support local Catholic Charities agencies in their work providing direct assistance to affected communities and identifying long-term recovery needs.

“People and communities affected by disasters often need help assessing and accessing financial aid and other resources that could stabilize their lives and livelihoods, and begin the road to recovery,” said Brennan Banks, director of Disaster Recovery Funds at CDP. “This is why we are proud to support CCUSA’s efforts to reach communities where the needs from wildfires are greatest or the resources in some of the more rural communities are limited.”

The CDP grant is made possible by donations from the CDP Disaster Recovery Fund and support from Google.

About Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 13 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website.

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP manages domestic and international Disaster Funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. For more information, visit:, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us @funds4disaster.

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