Atlantic Council Receives $25 Million for Center for Resilience

Atlantic Council Receives $25 Million for Center for Resilience

The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., has announced a $25 million gift from executive vice chair Adrienne Arsht, chair emerita of TotalBank, to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience.

The center, which recently received a $30 million commitment from the Rockefeller Foundation, will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center. By identifying, implementing, and scaling solutions to the urgent crises of climate change, migration, and insecurity, the center, which was established in 2016 with a gift from Arsht, will work to enhance the resilience of a billion people by 2030, deploying a variety of innovative and evidence-based approaches to that end, including policy frameworks, finance and risk transfer tools, and technology and communications strategies.

The center will work with the Urban Institute to develop its methodologies, and will partner with a range of public- and private-sector entities, including Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., the Red CrossGlobal Island Partnership, Swiss Re, HR&A Advisors, and governments across the Caribbean. Its first community partner will be Miami-Dade County, which has been deeply involved with resiliency projects, including the Rockefeller Foundation's soon-to-be-terminated 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

"It's gratifying to be in a position to help create and deliver solutions on the ground in communities and across geographies," said center director Kathy Baughman McLeod. "The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center is committed to bold and accelerated action. The need is urgent, and partnerships will be critical to achieving our goal of reaching one billion people globally by 2030."

The push to make societies more resilient is "about equity and ensuring that as many people — and vulnerable people in particular — have a fair shot at a safe, productive life," said Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv Shah. "[Our goal] is a billion people actually leading better and more meaningful lives."

(Photo credit: Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center)