In the weeks following the deadly wildfires that started on October 8, 2017 and continued to burn through October 31, it became clear very quickly that the scale of this fire was like no other, devastating the lives, homes, and businesses of tens of thousands of residents overnight. For our community to recover, support would be needed for many years to come.
With this in mind, Community Foundation Sonoma County immediately established the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, a disaster fund addressing our community’s mid- to long-term recovery needs.
The Resilience Fund is the largest long-term recovery fund in Sonoma County. To identify where our support will be needed most, our grantmaking team engaged in a comprehensive community needs assessment, including meetings with hundreds of local nonprofit leaders, surveys to over 450 nonprofit organizations across Sonoma and Napa counties, and interviews with foundations in New Orleans, Houston, San Diego, and other areas impacted by disasters. Based on this work, the Foundation has identified three key areas of greatest need and will be investing in these areas starting in the summer of 2018.
You can quickly and easily support the nonprofit Resilience Fund in the following ways:
To learn about more ways to give, contact us.
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to Sonoma County.
As funders, we rely on research, data and experience to guide our decision making. We also value transparency and are committed to sharing our learning. Here you will find reports from the convenings and research data we have conducted on community needs after the fires, to help guide our grantmaking strategy for the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.
Community Foundation Sonoma County and Napa Valley Community Foundation engaged the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) Advisory Services to survey nonprofit organizations in Sonoma and Napa counties about the impact of, and their response to, the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. The goal was to learn about how local nonprofits have been affected, their immediate response services provided for fire survivors, the broader needs of the community, and any suggestions for recovery efforts.