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: