Disaster Recovery Fund

On behalf of Greater Des Moines, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is activating the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) as our neighbors in Pleasant Hill recover from the impact of severe storms and tornadoes on the evening of April 26. 

The DRF was created in partnership with disaster response and philanthropic organizations in Greater Des Moines to develop a collective strategy for charitable giving during times of disaster. The DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs during times of disaster. 

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About the Disaster Recovery Fund

Dollars received will first focus on disproportionately affected communities. The long-term application of the fund will focus on additional needs that will inevitably arise. This long-term recovery work will be ongoing and it is the intent that this fund continues to grow and serve as a source that can be activated quickly in the face of whatever the next disaster may be.

The DRF extends beyond a single disaster and is a key part of the community’s coordinated disaster response. Preparedness work will be continuous and ongoing. The fund is activated in times of local 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 that we stand ready to meet the challenge. Our community has proven time and time again that we are better together and this collaborative spirit will once again prevail as we support our neighbors in need.


• To read FAQs on the DRF, click here.

• For general questions, inquiries about the DRF or interest in partnering, please contact Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, chief community impact officer, at trettin@desmoinesfoundation.org or 515-244-0340.

• For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Emily Toribio, vice president of marketing and communications, at toribio@desmoinesfoundation.org or 515-447-4205.

• To make a donation by check, please send to:
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
c/o Disaster Recovery Fund
1915 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50309

• To give using other other assets, such as stock, contact Lynne Yontz, chief charitable giving officer, at yontz@desmoinesfoundation.org or 515-447-4203. Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to our partners

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government and business to support our community through the DRF.

About the Disaster Recovery Fund

The DRF was created as 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.