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Resources for California Fires Webinars

Publication date: 
November, 2018

Philanthropy California held two urgent webinars to offer funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on local and state agency responses to the fires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Our speakers provided an overview of the current situation on the ground and how it could develop in the coming weeks; perspectives on immediate and anticipated community needs that are being addressed by local community foundations (with a focus on the people who have the least access to resources); and information on how funders accross the national can help most effectively. 

On this page, you will find links to resources, our downloadable meeting notes, and webinar recordings for whoever will find it useful as they continue to aid in this recovery process. 

November 13, 2018 Webinar: California Fires Briefing with Local Responders and Funders

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  • Lidia Armas, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Vanessa Bechtel, President and CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation
  • Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Assistant Director of Major Initiatives, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Kelly King, Senior Program Officer, California Community Foundation
  • Larry Olmstead, President and CEO, United Way of Northern California
  • Alan Kwok, Director, Disaster Resilience, Northern California Grantmakers (Moderator)

November 19, 2018: Immediate and Emerging Needs Arising from the California Fires

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  • Julie Aguilar Rogado, Deputy Director, Legal Services of Northern California
  • Masha Chernyak, Vice President of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation
  • Bryan J. Del Rosario, Legal Counsel, Council on Foundations
  • Ronit Rubinoff, Executive Director, Legal Aid of Sonoma County
  • Sonja Edd-Bennett, President, NorCal VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
  • Alan Kwok, Director, Disaster Resilience, Northern California Grantmakers (Moderator)


Northern California 
  • United Way of Northern California – A fund to provide immediate cash grants to those who lost their homes, provide gift cards, gas cards, and other essentials to people who have been evacuated, and support recovery in the weeks and months to come
Southern California
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP California Wildfire Recovery Fund. The Fund is designed to support the medium- and long-term recovery needs for individuals, families and their communities over the weeks and months to come

Learn More

We will be hosting another webinar on Monday, December 12th at 10:00 am - 11:00 am. You can register here.

Learn more about these funds and others by visiting Northern California Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers websites. 
PDF icon Nov. 13 Webinar Notes.pdf286.23 KB
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