Wildfire Relief Fund
The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports immediate, mid- and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as support for animals affected by wildfires. Since the Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003, we have granted more than $22 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of devastating California wildfires.
Grants from the Wildfire Relief 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 and behavioral health services; 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.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the wildfires and is seeking assistance, please visit our Southern California Wildfire and Northern California Wildfire resource pages. Please note that the Wildfire Relief Fund cannot accept donations of food, clothing or other supplies.
If you would like to give to preparedness and resiliency efforts, visit our California Disaster Fund.
For more information, contact us at disaster [@] calfund [.] org or call 213-413-4130.
UPDATE: On September 16, 2019, the California Community Foundation announced an additional $11 million in support to key organizations working on the ground in communities affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Determined through consultation with on-the-ground partners in affected areas, the current grants focus on longer-term efforts like access to affordable housing, free or low-cost mental and behavioral healthcare, economic recovery, and bolstering the local social safety net. These grants include $8.3 million in support for Northern California communities affected by the Camp Fire and $2.7 million for Southern California communities impacted by the Hill & Woolsey Fires. These grants represent the third round of funding, bringing the total granted to communities affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires to $17.2 million.
UPDATE: On February 28, 2019, the California Community Foundation announced $5 million in support to key organizations working on the ground in communities affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. With a mix of longer-term recovery grants and grants focused on immediate needs of fire survivors, these grants represent the second round of funding, bringing the total granted to communities affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires to $6.2 million. In the coming months, CCF will work with stakeholders to identify additional longer-term recovery needs, which will guide future grantmaking.
A complete list of Wildfire Relief Fund grants, along with pictures and stories from grantee organizations, can be found on the our Community Impact Page. To stay informed on how these and future grants help wildfire-affected communities recover and rebound, subscribe to our Impact Updates.
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 Relief Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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.
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.