The California Community Foundation’s wildfire recovery fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts. Since 2003, the fund has granted more than $32 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of devastating California wildfires.

Grants from the Wildfire Recovery Fund have supported those who were displaced or lost housing, belongings and/or employment, or suffered physical or mental health problems; helped to rebuild homes; provided case management services, basic needs assistance, mental health services and financial assistance; upgraded 2-1-1 phone and information system; assisted California wildfire victims with follow-up medical care and supplies; provided in-home care providers, domestic workers, and day laborers with financial assistance, health and safety education; provided financial disaster aid, information on farmworker labor laws, immigration services, and immigrant rights support to low-wage immigrant or mixed status families; and provided firefighters with updated safety equipment.

Learn more about our grantmaking efforts in 2020 and 2021 in the #LATogether blog posts below:

2022 Wildfire Season

CCF will continue to monitor wildfires as they arise and as more information becomes available to determine the immediate needs of those affected as well as the long-term recovery efforts.

For more information, contact us at disaster@calfund.org or call 213-413-4130.

See the complete list of CCF’s Wildfire Recovery Fund Grantees in 2020 here, and in 2021 here.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Wildfire Recovery Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

The powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14 injured and displaced thousands of people and, as of August 23, took the lives of over 2,200 residents in the Caribbean nation. Rescuers continue to look for survivors among the rubble of crumbled homes and buildings. The devastation is compounded by oppressive heat, overcrowded hospitals and widening concerns about Tropical Storm Grace, which is expected to bring heavy rain, flooding and landslides, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffered from a 2010 earthquake that claimed the lives of 300,000 people and continues to face challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, economic underdevelopment and political instability.

The recovery process will be long and difficult. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • Direct Relief International provides emergency assistance after natural disasters around the globe. In Haiti, Direct Relief is working with a larger coalition of responders, and has begun shipping and equipping prescription drugs, IV solutions, medical backpacks, emergency health kits, and wound care items to responding hospitals in Haiti. Donations restricted to supporting Direct Relief’s response in Haiti can be made at this link.
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) is organizing relief efforts internationally to support emergency relief efforts to the Haitian earthquake. Working with partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the IFRC is supporting the Haitian Red Cross in securing food, supplies and physicians for affected regions. Donations restricted to supporting the international relief effort in Haiti can be made here.
  • Team Rubicon leads US military veterans in disaster relief and recovery efforts across the United States and around the globe. They have already deployed teams on the ground for search and rescue in Haiti. More information can be found in this update from the field. Donations to support their Haiti work can be made here.
  • UNICEF is on the ground in the aftermath of a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, where children were already suffering amidst surging COVID-19 cases, severe acute malnutrition and gang violence. Support for UNICEF’s response efforts can be made here.
  • World Central Kitchen focuses on emergency food relief following disasters. They have already deployed staff, containers and food preparation equipment to Haiti where they’ve begun sourcing local food to prepare nourishing meals for impacted Haitians. Donations to support WCK’s work in Haiti and in other areas of critical need can be made here.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

Photo: Edgar Kamalyan via AP

CCF supports all of Los Angeles’ diverse communities, among them the largest Armenian community in the world outside Armenia.  Our hearts break for those impacted by the current conflict in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in the southern Caucasus region.

To help victims of this conflict, you can support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross. For those wishing to support family and friends in Armenia, please visit the Armenia Fund, which was established in Los Angeles in 1994 and to UNICEF Armenia.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

Power lines hang over a street in Lake Charles, Louisiana | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hurricane Laura, Category 4, slammed Louisiana on in the early hours of Thursday, August 27. While the full extent of damage isn’t yet known, preliminary estimates indicate that thousands of homes could either be destroyed or have major damage across Louisiana and Texas. Some areas are still unreachable, heavy debris is still blocking some roads, and more than 272,000 households are still without power. For some it could be weeks before power is fully restored. People are facing high temperatures and some have seen their homes destroyed after being out of work for months due to COVID-19.

We encourage you to learn about and donate to many worthy organizations providing emergency relief to those impacted by Hurricane Laura. The list below will be updated to reflect additional organizations and resources being made available.

  • The American Red Cross is providing emergency shelters, supplies and vehicles and mobilizing thousands of disaster workers in communities affected by the storm. The organization is also requesting urgent blood donations in an effort to meet critical need.
  • Team Rubicon is providing rescue and recovery equipment in communities along the coast to assist with response efforts.
  • World Central Kitchen is providing nutritious meals to evacuated families in shelters and in the community.
  • Operation USA is assisting with damage assessment and working with community-based organizations to offer support to affected communities.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

Since July 1st, 2019 large parts of Australia have been devastated by wildfires that have burned millions of acres of land across the country killing people, destroying homes and compromising the rich biodiversity of the continent. The record-breaking temperatures combined with months of drought make these fires dangerous and very hard to contain.

The severity of the widespread fires has raised concerns about the long-term health effects for those living in Australia who have been exposed to toxic air conditions for months. In addition, the damage and destruction to sensitive ecosystems can have serious repercussions on a global scale.

The recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • Australian Red Cross is disbursing emergency grants to aid in the recovery process and allow those whose homes were lost in the wildfires to purchase basic needs.
  • NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. (WIRES) is assisting in wildlife rescue as well as long-term outcomes for native animals affected by the wildfires.
  • NSW Rural Fire Service is support volunteer firefighters who are on the front lines fighting the wildfires.
  • Firesticks is working to support the training of over 100 accredited Cultural fire practitioners across Australia to apply cultural fire regimes that care for and protect Country, life and property.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established a Global Recovery Fund focused on international disasters, which will provide grants for strategic medium and long-term recovery efforts.
  • Global Giving has established the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund to support immediate rescue and relief efforts for people and animals affected by the wildfires.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare has been working on the ground to focus on crisis management and hands-on support to wildlife care groups across impacted areas.
  • Save the Children is setting up Child Friendly Spaces in bushfire-affected regions to help children cope by giving them a place to be kids again.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

A collapsed home after an earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico, on 1/7/2020. (Source: Reuters TV)

Since the beginning of 2020, Puerto Rico has been trembling for over a week and it hasn’t stopped. On January 6th, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the U.S. territory, followed by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake just a few days later—the worst earthquake for the island in more than a century. A barrage of tremors continue to cause further damage to not only buildings and roads, but to the physical and emotional well-being of the island’s residents.

The earthquakes and aftershocks have knocked out power to much of the island, seriously damaging homes and infrastructure and leaving at least four people dead. The governor of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency saying the island has never been exposed to this kind of emergency in 102 years. These earthquakes come two years after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, the worst natural disaster in the island’s modern history.

The recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • The UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program serves the immediate and long-term needs of Puerto Rican families and communities affected by the earthquakes.
  • ConPRmetidos supports immediate- and long-term structural repairs in disadvantaged communities.
  • Fundación Comunitaria contributes to the development of Puerto Rican communities through personalized philanthropic advice to individuals, families, corporations and foundations and provides emergency funds to assist communities affected by the earthquakes.
  • World Central Kitchen is providing free lunch and dinner at five locations in Puerto Rico (Ponce, Yauco, Guanica, Peñuelas, and Guayanilla) for residents and disaster-relief workers.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy funds strategic, long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts to help strengthen communities and position them to better withstand future disasters.
  • Operation USA is a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.
  • Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need.
  • Direct Relief continues to support the island’s recovery, strengthening health and power infrastructure damaged by natural disasters.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

(PHOTO CREDIT: JES ASNAR, NEW YORK TIMES)

The Taal Volcano—located on an island in the middle of a lake just 40 miles south of the capital, Manila, in Batangas province—has spewed ash, dust and noxious sulfur dioxide fumes, forcing tens of thousands of people to abandon their homes. Mass evacuations continued in the Philippines as resident’s brace for further eruptions . Nearly 44,000 people have fled the 9-mile “danger zone” around the volcano, an area that is home to some half-million people. In their rush to escape the eruption, many people had to abandon livestock and pets and other personal possessions.

The potential threat alarms a country that has suffered from many natural disasters like typhoons, earthquakes, mudslides, tsunamis and floods.  Emergency crews have managed to restore power and electricity to some areas, though a large part of the region still remained in the dark. The Philippines is situated in an area of increased seismic and volcanic activity known as the “Ring of Fire” that forms a rough circle around the Pacific Ocean where several tectonic plates come together. Memories of the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which killed hundreds of people and blanketed large swaths of the country in thick ash, have been on officials’ minds since the Taal eruption.

The recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • OpUSA is in contact with partners on the ground in the Philippines, and is assessing any/all opportunities to provide aid in the wake of recent disasters.
  • Direct Relief has a staff member on the ground in the Philippines who is actively coordinating the organization’s disaster response.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy is tracking the disaster.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019 then lingered, pummeling the northern islands of the Bahamian archipelago for more than three days.

The majority of homes on Abaco Islands have been destroyed. More causalities are expected as flooding continues in the region. There is deep concern for the Abaco Islands, which took the full brunt of the hurricane, because many Haitian migrants live there in two shantytowns, known as the Mudd and Pigeon Peas.

The recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents.

Dorian is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record and a Category 2 storm as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard. We are monitoring the needs of residents in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • Global Giving has established the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to provide emergency supplies and long-term assistance to help in rebuilding.
  • World Central Kitchen, set up by the chef José Andrés, provides food to people after natural disasters. Mr. Andrés and a relief team have arrived in Nassau, the capital, and have begun to identify places where they can set up kitchens on the affected islands.
  • Operation USA is assisting with damage assessment and working with community-based organizations to offer support to affected communities.
  • Yacht Aid Global has set up “Operation Topaz” to bring emergency supplies like food, tarps, hygiene kits and medicine to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. The organization works with yachts in the region to coordinate support.
  • Team Rubicon, an organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, is in the Bahamas.
  • International Medical Corps– is providing emergency medical care and supplies to those affected by these disasters
  • Direct Relief is delivering medical aid to affected areas, and additional emergency medical caches are being routed to the Bahamas from Florida and Direct Relief’s main distribution hub in the U.S.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

Tropical Cyclone IdaiOn March 15, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, hundreds of thousands of residents are without power and local officials estimate the death toll at more than 1,000 people. Storm surges caused by the cyclone led to catastrophic flooding in four countries, with more than 100,000 residents in need of urgent rescue and sparking shortages of food and clean water for the more than 3 million people living in the flood zone.

Continued heavy rains and mudslides have hampered relief efforts and made it difficult to assess the full extent of the damage, but United Nations officials are calling it one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere. What is known for certain is that residents are facing massive immediate needs and a long and expensive recovery process.

The list below contains links to information and local resources for those affected as well as to organizations providing immediate and long-term relief. It will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • Direct Relief is working with local partners to provide medical support in communities affected by the cyclone.
  • Save the Children is partnering with local government and other relief organizations to provide food, health and hygiene supplies and temporary shelters to children and families in the disaster area.
  • Doctors Without Borders’ local staff are providing emergency medical supplies and care in affected communities throughout Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
  • UNICEF is providing emergency supplies, medicine, temporary shelters and hygiene products to families that have been displaced by the cyclone.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

On September 28, 2018, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The force of the quake devastated the region around the provincial capital of Palu and spawned a tsunami, which slammed into the island mere minutes after the quake. The two disasters have already killed nearly 850 and left tens of thousands of residents homeless. All told, more than 2 million people have been affected by the twin disasters. Blocked roads and loss of power have cut much of the region off from the outside world, making rescue and damage assessment efforts difficult.

The people of Sulawesi face a long and difficult recovery. The organizations listed below provide immediate and long-term relief to residents affected by the earthquake. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

  • International Medical Corps is providing emergency medical care and supplies to those affected by these disasters.
  • Operation USA is assessing relief needs and preparing long-term recovery support.
  • Direct Relief is providing support to local organizations working on the ground in Sulawesi to provide medical supplies and assistance to victim of the disasters.
  • Americares is working with local partners to assess the health needs of survivors and delivering emergency medicine and relief supplies to affected communities.
  • Save the Children is distributing emergency supplies, providing physical and mental health care to affected children and working to reunite families separated by the disasters.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future.