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Southern California Fires: What You Can Do

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dear colleagues,

This week, Southern California has been ravaged by a series of powerful wildfires. Fueled by dry conditions and the Santa Ana winds, these fires have caused widespread damage in multiple counties in our region, including Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Today, the federal government approved a disaster declaration for California.

We at Southern California Grantmakers are wishing for the best for those that have been affected by the fires. Many organizations are responding to the fires, causing a stress on the regional nonprofit infrastructure. During this time period and into the future, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our members and the communities they serve. To that end, we have created a Southern California Wildfires resources page that lists regional funds that have been set up to help with short, medium, and long-term response and recovery efforts for the fire-affected communities. We will continue to add relevant information to this page as it becomes available.

In addition, we are discussing setting up a funder briefing call to go over how people can support response and recovery efforts; please stay tuned for more information soon.

At SCG, we see our role in these disasters as helping to share information on what is needed now; inform best practices in emergency relief and disaster recovery philanthropy; vet and publicize trusted funds for relief and recovery; advise on how best to meet short and long-term needs; and connect our members with government officials and other key stakeholders.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you want us to share any resources with our audiences.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers


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