When a local situation or event overwhelms local capacity, a good resource to help donors make more thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gifts is found at a Community Foundation.
Amid all of the fire devastation hitting Northern California, many people are searching for ways to help and the top need right now is monetary donations, especially from those outside of the fire area. Among other options, we have made our Donor Advised Fund holders at PCF aware of emergency relief funds set up by the Community Foundations in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties.
If you wish to use your fund at PCF to contribute to one or more of these funds, use our Grant Suggestion Form here.
We offer the following funds as a good resource for anyone who may be looking for a way to help. You can trust that these Community Foundations convene decision-makers from the nonprofit sector and local government to assess urgent needs, identify short term gaps and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts.
Northern California Wildfires
Sonoma County Resilience Fund>
Community Foundation Sonoma County
Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund>
Napa Valley Community Foundation
Disaster Fund for Mendocino County>
Community Foundation of Mendocino County
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties’ community foundations have also jointly mobilized the Northern California Fire Fund, held at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
What To Give
Monetary donations are preferred over material items, which can often go to waste and create difficulties for recovery groups.Look for trusted organizations, like community foundations worldwide, in the affected area, who know the landscape of local nonprofits.
Give to organizations with a proven track record and Investigate those you are unfamiliar with to avoid scams. You can visit sites like www.guidestar.org for information.
If you have time to give, there may be volunteer needs in the affected areas. Research the websites of local organizations who have experience in the area to see where help may be needed most, as needs may change over time. You can also search general volunteer opportunities for non-emergency volunteer opportunities.
Short term relief: American Red Cross>
Broward Cares> (Community Foundation collaboration)
Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Marlin Counties Hurricane Assistance Fund>
Community Foundation of Sarasota Hurricane Irma Relief Fund>
The Miami Foundation> (Relief, Recovery and Caribbean funds)
To help those affected in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands:
Hurricanes Irma & Maria Response and Recovery Fund> (Silicon Valley Community Foundation – 100% for relief)
Unidos> A fund for Puerto Rico supported by NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, managed by nonprofit Hispanic Federation
Fund for the Virgin Islands> Community Foundation for the Virgin Islands fund for hurricane relief and recovery