Wildfire Relief Fund

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.

Since the Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003, we have granted more than $6 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 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 respiratory equipment and information to people with lung disease; educated homeowners about green rebuilding; and provided disaster preparedness information.

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.

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

The California Community Foundation is waiving all fees on gifts to this fund, ensuring that 100% of donations go to organizations making a difference in communities affected by wildfires.

UPDATE: On December 18, the California Community Foundation announced $1.2 million in grants to key organizations working on the ground in communities affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Focused on immediate needs and emergency response, these grants represent the first round of funding. In the coming months, CCF will work with stakeholders to identify longer-term recovery needs, and additional grants will be awarded. A list of recipient organizations can be found below:

Northern California (Camp Fire)

  • North Valley Community Foundation: conducts emergency response including facilitating and improving public access to free and low-cost health and human services.
  • United Way of Northern California: connects disaster victims to interim housing and provides residents with emergency cash assistance to make up for lost work wages, cover transportation and meet other immediate needs.
  • American Red Cross Gold Country Region: operates emergency shelters for evacuees of the Camp Fire and is providing meals as well as health and mental health services for individuals and families who have been affected.
  • Salvation Army: supports disaster victims and first responders by providing vital social services including meals, essential items and emotional care.
  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Services: deploys volunteers to assist affected communities with the recovery process, including providing emergency aid resources for immigrant and low-income communities.
  • North Valley Animal Disaster Group: conducts rescue, recovery, and reunification efforts for animals affected by the Camp fire.

Southern California (Woolsey & Hill Fires)

  • Ventura County Community Foundation: provides shelter and long-term housing, legal services, education, healthcare and other resources to meet immediate and long-term needs of disaster victims including undocumented immigrant and refugee families who have been affected.
  • Boys and Girls Club Malibu, Malibu Fire Relief Fund: conducts immediate emergency relief efforts including providing individuals and families with interim housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, medical supplies and school materials.
  • Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: provides essential equipment, training and public outreach programs to the firefighters and first responders who protect our communities, property and the environment.
  • Ventura County Animal Services: rescues and provides supplies for animals evacuated from the areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires.
  • Big Heart Ranch: is providing shelter, food and medical attention for animals who escaped the Woolsey Fire.

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

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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.

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