Disaster Relief

When disaster strikes, it often brings with it an incredible outpouring of generosity. Empathy sparks action, and the world comes together to help.

How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Donations

Following the steps below, you can increase the effectiveness of your donations to disaster relief efforts and maximize your impact on affected communities, whether in Los Angeles or around the world.

 

  1. Give money, not goods. Food and clothing drives can be gratifying, but they come with substantial burdens to the nonprofits involved. Receiving, sorting, transporting and distributing these require time and money that are in short supply in the wake of a disaster. By giving cash, the organization can receive your gift immediately and put it towards the most pressing needs of affected residents.
  2. Give to the organization, not the disaster. Donors always have the option of earmarking their gifts for use only on a specific project or relief effort. But by marking your gift as general operating support, you allow the organization to both respond to the current crisis and prepare for the next one.
  3. Take the long view. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, there is a huge influx of money and attention. But real recovery takes time, and relief needs continue long after the cameras are packed up and the media moves on. When you support organizations that focus on medium- and long-term efforts, you ensure that affected communities can not just survive but return to their full strength.
  4. Do your homework. The California Community Foundation vets all recommended organizations to ensure that donors can create the greatest impact with their gifts. When researching a potential recipient organization, tools like Candid and Charity Navigator allow you to learn about a charity’s finances and internal workings. This article from Forbes magazine provides useful information on how to evaluate the effectiveness of nonprofits.

 

Below you can find specific information on current disasters and ways that you can support relief and recovery efforts. To learn more, contact us at disaster@calfund.org.

Current Disaster Relief Efforts

Wildfires have a devastating impact on thousands of California residents each year. CCF’s Wildfire Recovery Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts. 

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The tragic events on January 21, 2023, that led to the deaths of 11 people, impacted the Monterey Park community at large. Recognizing the need to facilitate healing of the community, the City of Monterey Park has partnered with the California Community Foundation to establish the Monterey Park Community Healing Fund.

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A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake that impacted Haiti on Saturday morning has injured and displaced thousands of people and, as of August 16, has claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 in the Caribbean nation.

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