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Disaster Resilience, Relief and Recovery Resources

Our Philanthropy California colleagues are responding as they can to the wildfires in Southern California. We are lending our expertise where it is needed.  

Wildfires in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties are forcing thousands of people from their homes and destroying millions of dollars in property. We will keep this page updated with information that could be helpful in responding appropriately to these disasters.

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December, 2017

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

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April, 2020

In this October 26th program, two disaster-tested philanthropic leaders shared lessons about disaster planning for funding organizations, drawing on their experiences with disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating Cedar Rapids flood in 2008, and disasters in Louisiana.

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October, 2017

In a March 15th program, we hosted a discussion with Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge about the role the philanthropy community can play in strengthening our region’s resilience to the effects of climate change, while addressing urgent regional concerns related to displacement, income inequality and more. 

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March, 2018

In an April 10th program, we heard from local leaders and nonprofits from the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma as they discussed how they are helping their communities, and what they need to be effective in disaster. Two Bay Area funders will discussed their disaster support and how it fits into their missions and broader programmatic work as well as ways that funders can support grantees and local leaders.

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April, 2018
Using the lens of Loma Prieta, Napa, Katrina, Sandy and other disasters this program explored the role of philanthropy and nonprofits in preparing for, responding to, and mitigating disasters and how we can help communities get back to "normal."
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November, 2014

October 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of the Northern California firestorm. With funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers commissioned Learning for Action, an independent San Francisco-based research firm, to conduct this study to understand the extent of the fires’ impact on the arts community in the three most affected counties: Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino.

The study, North Bay Fired and the Arts, One Year Later, draws upon quantitative and qualitative data collected in each of the three counties from individual artists affected by the fires and from arts organizations serving the region.

Publication date:
September, 2018

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices, innovative approaches and lessons learned in order to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters. It is designed as an interactive website which your organization can use to personalize your future disaster strategies.

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It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

Publication date:
October, 2018

Developed with input and insights from the people of Berkeley, the Resilience Strategy is designed to articulate solutions that make our city more resilient not only to physical challenges, such as earthquakes, sea level rise, and aging infrastructure, but also to social challenges, such as racial inequity. At its core, the Resilience Strategy is about building resilience by building community. Strong connections between neighbors and lasting partnerships between community-serving organizations are vital to helping all residents, especially those most in need and historically underserved, to thrive. Berkeley’s Resilience Strategy is the launch point for several programs that foster these connections and partnerships. 

Publication date:
March, 2020

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