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30 Oct 2014

25 Years After Loma Prieta and Days After Napa: Philanthropy’s Role in Mitigating the Impact of Disaster on the Most Vulnerable

October 30, 2014 -
8:30am to 11:30am
World Affairs Council
How do funders prepare communities and organizations for disasters and ensure that institutions and social supports can recover quickly? Using the lens of Loma Prieta, Napa, Katrina, Sandy and other disasters we'll talk about the role of...
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Resources for California Fires Webinars

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11/2018
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...
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One Part Resilience, Two Parts Grit: The Wildfires One Year Later.

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10/2018
It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. The most destructive in California history, the fires took lives, homes and livelihoods. While these communities are on the path to recovery, Mendocino and Lake Counties are also coping with more recent fires. During this event, we spoke to local leaders to hear where they now stand, what issues are newly emerging, how our colleagues have personally dealt with the challenges, and where help is still needed. They shared what’s currently happening in their communities and the...
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Report: North Bay Fires and the Arts, One Year Later

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09/2018
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...
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Resources from Social Justice in Disaster: Neighborhoods and Nonprofits Point the Way

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04/2018
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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Resources from The Long and the Short of It: A New Model to Strengthen the Region

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03/2018
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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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

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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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