Disaster Relief

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

Australia Wildfire 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 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.

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief

Since the beginning of 2020, Puerto Rico has been trembling for over a week and it hasn’t stopped. 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.

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Philippines Volcano Relief

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. 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.

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