Disaster Recovery Fund Activated

Apr 27, 2024 Disaster Recovery Fund

On behalf of Greater Des Moines, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is activating the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF). The DRF was created in partnership with disaster response and charitable organizations in Greater Des Moines to develop a collective strategy for giving during times of disaster. 

As our neighbors in Pleasant Hill recover from the impact of severe storms and tornadoes on the evening of April 26, the DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to support evolving needs. The flexibility of the fund ensures that the community will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal programs.


The DRF is a critical component of the community's collaborative Disaster Recovery Plan. The DRF Coordination Team consists of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, Polk County Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross-Central Iowa Chapter, IMPACT, Polk County and Community Family and Youth Services-Polk County. The DRF extends beyond a single disaster and is a key part of the community's coordinated disaster response. It is activated in times of disaster as recommended by local Emergency Management authorities. We may not know what tomorrow will bring, but thanks to support of the DRF we have the confidence to stand ready to meet the challenge.

Our community has proven time and again that we are better together and this collaborative spirit will prevail as we support our neighbors in need.