The Miami Foundation has played an integral role in investing more than $20 million in more than 600 community-based organizations throughout Greater Miami since Hurricane Irma, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Surfside building collapse. Since these events, our team has been listening and learning about ways that we can become more proactive in building resilience against future potential disaster events.  

 

In 2022, we launched our Miami Disaster Resilience Fund as part of a unified and proactive approach to build year-round capacity for our local community-based organizations working to prepare our most vulnerable communities and to expedite a response for our community in times of need. Reports show that for every $1 invested in community disaster preparedness, $6 in community savings is produced. This will be a collaborative effort among our local elected officials, donors, and other funders.  

 

This program grew from the Resilient305 initiative – a collaboration of Miami-Dade County, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach – and launches with a $5 million leadership investment from Citadel Founder and CEO Ken Griffin. Significant support for the fund also comes from philanthropists Daniel Lewis and Valerie Dillon, with additional funding from the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Coral Gables Community Foundation, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Univision, and others.

 

With support from this permanent revolving fund, grants will be deployed in the following ways: 

 

  • Annual Preparedness Grants: Investments in the organizations working to advance equitable resilience-building, community education, and preparedness.

 

  • Pre-Disaster Stabilization Grants: Reserve funds to deploy to frontline organizations in advance of a disaster event.

 

  • Post-Disaster Recovery Grants: Reserve funds to support long-term equitable recovery. 

 

As we work to ensure our community is prepared for the effects of future disasters, please contact Nikisha Williams for more information.

For donors

Want to be a part of Miami’s resilience?
Donate to the Miami Disaster Resilience Fund.

For nonprofits

Does your organization respond in times of disaster? Join the Miami Strong Disaster Resilience Network.

ABOUT THE DISASTER RESILIENCE FUND

The Disaster Resilience Fund is a permanent, revolving fund that aims to raise $20 million to support nonprofits working to advance disaster preparedness, provide grants for relief efforts to frontline grassroots organizations in advance of a disaster and invest in long-term equitable recovery.

 

The goal of the Fund is to minimize the time it takes for nonprofits to receive resources after a disaster from 14 days to two days, reduce costs by 600%, and ready the philanthropic and nonprofit community at the start of each hurricane season with a preemptive, permanent source of support.

 

To make an investment in the Fund, click here.

Previous Disaster Recovery Initiatives

To find out more about the Foundation’s response to past disasters in Miami-Dade County and within our region, please visit the following pages: 

The Miami Foundation