Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP)
Building Community Foundation Leadership and Capacity to Help Create More Resilient Communities.


The purpose of the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) is to create and support a community foundation disaster preparedness and response learning cohort in a ten-state Midwestern region of the United States, roughly correlating with the watershed of the Missouri River. By the conclusion of the cohort program, the goal is that more community foundations in the ten-state service area will have the knowledge, skills, tools and capacity to improve how their communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters and strengthen overall community resilience.

Geographic Focus

Community foundations engaged in the cohort are drawn from the following ten-state region:

  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana

PPREP initially began in 2014 as a two-year cohort program with 17 community foundations. The program—now PPREP 2.0—has been extended through June 2019, and has grown to include three additional community foundations and three regional associations of grantmakers, for a total of 23 participants.

Participating organizations include:

  • Arkansas Community Foundation
  • Central Kansas Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Initiative Foundation
  • Lincoln Community Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Minot Area Community Foundation
  • North Dakota Community Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation
  • St. Louis Community Foundation
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Tulsa Community Foundation
  • West Central Initiative
  • Willmar Area Community Foundation
  • Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Kansas Association of Community Foundations
  • Minnesota Council of Foundations

About Us

PPREP provides participating community foundations with knowledge, skills, tools and resources about disasters and the unique roles that community foundations can play within the cycle of disasters: preparedness (including strengthening resilience and adaptation), response and recovery. The program includes four primary components: learning, tools and technical assistance, grants, and network stewardship. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy serves as the curriculum development and technical assistance partner for the program.


Every year, communities in the United States are challenged by natural disasters including floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Every time a major disaster strikes, community members are forced to figure out how to respond, often with little preparation. With support from individuals, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, funders and local/state/federal agencies, incredible work gets done, but perhaps not as effectively or as efficiently as it could.

PPREP was created to provide resources for community foundations to build their skills and leadership capacity in order to be better informed and prepared should a natural disaster strike their community. The program is intended to build community foundation leadership and capacity that will help their institution and community be better prepared for, respond to and recover from natural disasters. Working with partners in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, community foundations have a unique ability to convene service providers, community-based organizations—including CBOs working with low-income communities, immigrant communities, vulnerable populations, and others who are often neglected after a disaster strikes—corporations and businesses, government actors and others who all have an interest in contributing and making a difference. They also have a unique capacity to pool funds from donors and distribute funds efficiently to the most effective actors and through the most effective means, ensuring that the communities most in need get access to resources in a timely and effective manner. Moreover, as communities begin the long process of recovering after a disaster—when the media are gone and attention has shifted to other pressing matters—community foundations can provide leadership and support to local communities in the recovery process, making sure that the people and organizations who are most affected during the recovery phase are part of the process, and that rebuilding decisions increase community resilience and help communities to adapt to their changing circumstances.


  • Dawn Ganje, Senior Development Officer, Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Don Hickman, Vice President for Community & Workforce Development, Initiative Foundation
  • Kelly Thompson, Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
  • Louise Knauer, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Nancy Fasching, Community Impact Director, Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Elizabeth Cwik, Program Officer, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Jenna Manders, Knowledge Management Director, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Roger Reinert, Vice President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Susan Lamb, Director, Hesston Community Foundation


Contact Navita Persaud
(305) 667-6350 ext. 211