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Southern California Wildfires

Publication date: 
12/2017
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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Resources from Fires: Post-Program and Community Support

Publication date: 
10/2017
On October 17th, we were joined by over 150 participants on our funder call with leaders of local community foundations and disaster experts located in the areas most affected by recent Northern California wildfires. We heard a firsthand report of the situation, and learned what funders, nonprofits, and government are doing to assist at this stage of the emergency.
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Resources from Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning

Publication date: 
10/2017
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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Resources from After Hurricane Harvey and Irma: Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees

Publication date: 
09/2017
In this webinar co-sponsored with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, members learned about unique post-disaster challenges facing immigrants and refugees, particularly those who are low-income and limited English proficient, and explored both their immediate and long-term needs. We discussed ways that philanthropy can most effectively support recovery and rebuilding efforts in diverse affected regions in the months and years that lie ahead.
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Resources from Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Resilient Cities

Publication date: 
06/2017
At NCG’s May 31 event, Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Cities , the Chief Resilience Officers of Oakland and San Francisco each shared their city’s resilience strategy and ways for philanthropy to support resilience. The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, also offered her perspective on resilience and current efforts in Oakland. The Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge shared details of this new effort to catalyze innovative, collaborative planning to build resilience in advance of disaster. Although the Berkeley Chief Resilience Officer was...
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Resources from 25 Years After Loma Prieta and Days After Napa

Publication date: 
11/2014
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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Who’s Organizing the Volunteers? A Look Behind the Scenes in Local Disaster Response

Release Date: 
08/25/2021
As we find ourselves in the midst of yet another devastating wildfire season, I want to share the importance of the little-known or often misunderstood community-based network known as the VOAD – Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. A VOAD,...
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Everything Wrong with The Verge’s Article, “What to Expect from the 2021 Fire Season in the West”

Release Date: 
08/04/2021
As fire season sets in, the stream of well-meaning articles entering our news feed is on the rise. They’re intended to help us make sense of and respond to the threat of wildfire and smoke. What worries me though, is what’s missing from these pithy...

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