California Wildfire Relief Fund 2021

by GlobalGiving
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2021
Photo: Sonoma Community Animal Response Team
Photo: Sonoma Community Animal Response Team

Thank you — we can’t say it enough! Over the past few years, California’s fire seasons have increased in frequency and severity. There is no longer a fire season in the state but a fire year. As a result, the record-setting wildfires of 2021 uprooted entire communities and displaced thousands of residents. As these catastrophic wildfires continue to threaten Californians, local nonprofit organizations across the state remain on the front lines of response. They are committed to long-term recovery and preparing for the next fire event.

GlobalGiving’s 2021 California Wildfire Relief Fund powered 13 grants to 12 high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis. Our team wanted to share a reflection from Sarah, Executive Director of Sonoma Community Animal Response Team, about the impact of your gift:

Since 2017, Sonoma CART has responded to wildfires and floods in Northern California. Of all the largest wildfires in California history, most have occurred within the last eight years, so we have been busy. We receive no government funding and are entirely funded by the community and grants. Your help makes all the difference in our ability to save animal lives during a disaster.

Your generous donation has supported organizations such as: 

  • Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT)  works to conserve and restore Indigenous cultural and natural resources within the traditional territories of Indigenous Mutsun and Awaswas peoples. Their cultural knowledge and Indigenous stewardship can aid in managing fires more effectively, and the AMLT team hopes that these practices will be more widely accepted and implemented by land managers.

  • The California Community Foundation is committed to supporting local organizations' immediate and long-term needs and disaster-vulnerable populations. The grants from its Wildfire Recovery Fund have provided firefighters with updated safety equipment, supported families who were displaced or lost housing, and assisted California wildfire survivors with follow-up medical care and supplies. 
  • Sonoma Community Animal Response Team assists the Sonoma community and local animal response agencies in preparing for future disasters by providing training and education in animal disaster preparedness. It mobilized a team of trained veterinary professionals after multiple fires across Northern California. Its teams drove through affected areas to ensure all survivors and their pets had access to basic needs and veterinarian care.
  • Chico Housing Action Team has helped more than 100 households access safe, affordable housing through its CHAMP program. This program provides landlords incentives to lease their properties, financial assistance, and case management support to families impacted by wildfires.

Your support of the 2021 California Wildfire Fund is advancing community-led recovery, and it helps ensure organizations, like Chico Housing Action Team, receive critical resources to help their community rebuild and prepare for future disasters.  

We have completed our final round of grants, and this fund is no longer accepting donations. Once again, thank you for your generosity and support. GlobalGiving stands ready to support our network of trusted partners in California as more fires potentially take place this year. 

You can stay connected with our work through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our Learn Library, where we regularly share stories about the incredible impact of the powerful GlobalGiving community. If you haven’t already,  subscribe to get periodic email updates from our team here. We hope you’ll stay in touch! 

With gratitude,

Victoria Méndez + the GlobalGiving team 

GlobalGiving Nonprofit Partners Supported By This Fund

Amah Mutsun Land Trust

California Community Foundation

Chico Housing Action Team

Community Foundation Of Mendocino County

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Humboldt Area Foundation

Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)

North Valley Community Foundation

Plumas Crisis Intervention And Resource Center

Sonoma Community Animal Response Team

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Ventura County Community Foundation

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Thank you for your generous donation to our 2021 California Wildfire Relief Fund. Since earlier this summer, donations from the Fund have supported emergency grants to high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations helping their neighbors. 

Here is what Logan from the North Valley Community Foundation wants you to tell you about the current situation in northern California:

Three of the most destructive fires in California history have hit our area in the past four years. Even in an area accustomed to wildfire, this is unprecedented territory. Every time we think we are making progress, a new fire has us starting over again. It's a long road to recovery and help from beyond our rural area is necessary and appreciated.” 
- Logan Todd, North Valley Community Foundation

Here is a brief overview of the nonprofits that have received our first round of emergency grants:

  • The Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Community (PCIRC) is Plumas County’s leading nonprofit working to support people experiencing homelessness that were impacted by several fires, including the. Beckwourth andDixie fires. PCIRC is providing gift cards, grief counseling, and support accessing other services.
  • The North Valley Community Foundation is a long-time GlobalGiving partner that recently extended its reach beyond Butte County to assist harder-to-reach communities in the rural parts of adjacent counties, including in response to the Dixie Fire. 
  • The Humboldt Area Foundation is supporting nonprofits providing direct services such as shelter, gift cards, food, and other resources to residents that have been impacted by a number of fires this year. 
  • The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund is supporting nonprofits on the ground—particularly those who lost their homes and belongings in the Caldor Fire.

Your support of the GlobalGiving  2021 California Wildfire Relief Fund means local organizations like these get the critical resources they need to help their community recover.  

With gratitude, 

Donna + GlobalGiving Team 

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