High winds are causing wildfires to spread rapidly through California, destroying homes and prompting mass evacuations. This fund will support immediate relief efforts for people impacted by the fires in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, and will eventually transition to funding long-term assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support wildfire recovery.
Strong winds have caused the Kincade fire to spread to more than 30,000 acres and prompted one of the largest evacuations in Sonoma County history. Meanwhile, the Getty wildfire by Los Angeles continues to grow and spread. Several of GlobalGiving's local nonprofit partners are responding to survivors' immediate needs and have asked us to help fund local relief and recovery efforts.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for Californians affected by the 2019 wildfires. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. The fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in region. We monitor the impact on affected communities and work with partners on the ground to allocate funds to where they're needed most.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like wildfires. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.
When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.