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

Cal Poly Black Student Scholarship Fund

Cal Poly has prioritized the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body. One of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is to offer scholarships to specific student groups.

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LA County Summer Learning Initiative

California Community Foundation (CCF), in partnership with the LA County Office of Education and the Greater LA Education Foundation (Greater LA), seeks proposals from schools, districts/LEAs, and nonprofit organizations in L.A. County to support extended learning opportunities for low-income and vulnerable K-12 populations in summer 2020.

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Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists

The J. Paul Getty Trust has initiated a relief fund to support Los Angeles-based non-profit museums and visual arts organizations in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

The J. Paul Getty Trust has initiated a relief fund to support Los Angeles-based non-profit museums and visual arts organizations in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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We are Santa Monica

The Santa Monica COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide critically needed funds to organizations to help them obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies, provide food to those experiencing food insecurity, and support volunteer relief efforts.

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LA Students Most In Need

Support LAUSD students who no longer have the benefit of being in school every day.

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COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through our Pass it Along […]

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