In 2014 the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation was invited to participate in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP). The program is a cohort of 23 community foundations and grantmaking associations from across the heartland, all of which have had to respond to significant disasters.
Twice a year since joining, members of the Community Foundation’s program team have met with the cohort to share and build skills and leadership capacity. With curriculum provided by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, PPREP aims to make community foundations better equipped to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
Because community foundations work daily to connect donors, nonprofits, community-based organizations and public programs, we are in a unique position when disasters strike. Central to our grantmaking strategy is service to vulnerable populations, who are often neglected in disaster recovery efforts. Participation in PPREP ensures that when Linn County experiences another natural disaster, we can continue to pool and distribute resources and funds in the most effective, efficient and impactful ways possible.
To learn more about PPREP, click here.