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.
Community Foundation Sonoma County partnered with United Way of the Wine Country to administrate a grants program for law enforcement and fire personnel who lost their homes in the October 2017 wildfires.
Funds for the Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel Recovery Grants Program were made possible by proceeds from ticket sales for the Thicker Than Smoke two-day event at the Green Music Center in August 2018.
The application period is now closed.