2018 November California Fires: How to Help

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
CalFire firefighters battle the beginnings of the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.
(Photo SF Gate) 


Philanthropy California wil be offering funders an up-to-the-minute briefing in January. We will cover the recovery process for communities affected by the fires. You can register here. 

NCG is tracking fires across Northern California and connecting with trusted local funders on what’s needed. We are also in touch with Philanthropy California partners Southern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers to coordinate philanthropic responses to fires across the state. We will keep this site updated with information on how to help. NCG is in touch with funders across the region to identify partners to reliably support response and recovery from this disaster. Check this page for resources from past webinars and updates for webinars to come. 

For information on the fires burning in Northern and Southern California, KQED is updating what you need to know. See the Latest Updates >

How to Help the Northern California Fires

  • United Way of Northern California: UQBA has set up a disaster relief fund to provide both immediate and long-term support for disaster survivors and non-profits that support them. This is the first organization that we have vetted and the CEO (Larry Olmstead) and I have chatted several times since the start of the fire to discuss local needs. At the moment, UWNC is providing emergency cash grants to those who have lost their homes to support basic needs. We have directed several of our members to support this fund.
  • Salvation Army - Del Oro Division: The Salvation Army is providing meals, essentials, and emotional support to displaced residents.  This organization has been vetted by our partner at Sacramento Region Community Foundation. We have also vetted them to be doing amazing work via our partner at the Northern California VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).  There are two funds at the Salvation Army – one for disaster survivors and the other for first responders. Please choose the former if this is an organization you’d like to support.
  • California Vocations: This organization serves developmentally disabled individuals in Butte County. A fund has been set up to support them and employees to help rebuild, as most of them are now homeless. This organization has been vetted by Sierra Health Foundation, a member of NCG that has been working closely in this rural county. The Sierra Health Foundation has already made an emergency grant to them.
  • North Valley Community Foundation: Our partner at the League of California Community Foundation has recommended the North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Relief Fund, which has been created to provide both short and long-term recovery support.  Furthermore, with many schools in and around Paradise destroyed or badly damaged, the Butte County Office of Education has set up the Schools Fire Relief Fund to support students and schools in their recovery.
  • Butte Humane Society:  The Humane Society is sheltering and caring for animals and pets displaced by the fire. NCG has vetted this organization as providing exemplary support to human’s best friends.

How to Help the Southern California Fires

Our Philanthropy CA partners are tracking ways to help respond to the Woosley Fire and the Hill Fire affecting the southern part of our state. How to Help > 

Additional Resources

To access our two recorded webinars from November 12th and 19th, please visit our resource page here. To register for our next briefing on December 12, register here.