Responding to the Northern California Fires

October 16, 2017

We are pleased to share the below information on responding the California’s wildfires from the Northern California Grantmakers:

Community Needs

With fires active and evacuations expanding, relief operations continue to be the focus of activity at this time. The community foundations active in these areas are now meeting with partners, grantees, and government agencies to assess broader, longer-term community needs. New information will be posted here as it becomes available.


Join a webinar on October 17th with leaders of the community foundations and disaster response experts to hear how they’re doing, what they know so far, and what kind of support is most helpful at this stage of the emergency. Register >

Funder Activity

Community Foundation Sonoma County
Community Foundation Sonoma County has established the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid- to long-term needs of their community. Learn More > 
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County has established the Disaster Fund for Mendocino County to provide disaster relief and recovery services in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Learn More >
Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation is raising funds to support three local latino nonprofit organizations: North Bay Organizing Project, in Santa Rosa; La Luz Center, in Sonoma; and UpValley Family Centers in Calistoga – that are working to support families, farmworker communities, and are coordinating regional resources for immediate and long-term needs. Learn More >
Napa Valley Community Foundation 
Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has activated a Disaster Relief Fund for fire victims. NVCF will also distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local nonprofits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. Grants will focus on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fire. Learn More >
Northern California Fire Fund 
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties’ community foundations have jointly mobilized the Northern California Fire Fund housed at Silicon Valley Community Foundation to respond to the devastating fires that have displaced thousands of residents and destroyed vast numbers of homes and businesses in their region. Learn More >
United Way Joint Fund
This is a joint fund between the United Way of the Bay Area and United Way of the Wine Country. The goal of the United Ways’ Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund is to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to North Bay residents affected by the wildfires that have spread throughout the region. Learn More > 
United Way of the Wine Country
In the short-term United Way of the Wine Country will be providing immediate assistance in the form of cash grants to residents who have lost their homes. Learn More >