Disaster Giving & Grantmaking

Disaster Giving & Grantmaking

Wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes have caused devastation both on our shores and beyond. We stand with those affected and have compiled selected resources to help inform effective giving. As we know from past local experience with the Soberanes Fire and Big Sur Relief Funds, effective areas of support include relief, recovery and rebuilding.

How to Give: 4 Areas of Support

When giving in response to a disaster, its important to keep in mind there are several ways to provide assistance.

1. Respond to immediate need
2. Fund recovery
3. Invest in mitigation or reform
4. Get ready for the next one

(Excerpted from: 4 Tips for Donors Responding to Hurricane Harvey by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Contributor, Forbes 8/28/17)

What to Give

  • Time Research the websites of local organizations who have experience in the area to see where help may be needed most, as needs may change over time.

Resources for Families

  • The State of California’s Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians provides detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster assistance services available in California. Although some of the resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful immigration status, there are many services available to all Californians impacted by the wildfires, regardless of legal status.

Where to Give


Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Gilroy Foundation has announced the creation of a charitable fund to assist victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. The July 28, 2019 shooting resulted in four deaths, including the gunman and 13 other injuries. All funds raised will be distributed by the Gilroy Foundation to victims and local nonprofit organizations assisting. Learn more: www.siliconvalleycf.org/gilroy-relief-fund


10/2019 Kincaid Fire – Sonoma County

11/2018 Camp Fire – Butte County

11/2018 Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire – Ventura & Los Angeles counties

Funds for Previous Fires

8/2018 – Northern California Wild Fires

2017 Southern California Wild Fires

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Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Florence

  • Central Carolina Community Foundation One SC Fund — The One SC Fund was established by former Governor Nikki Haley after the 2015 Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from state-declared emergencies. The fund provides grants to nonprofits that are providing relief, recovery, and/or rebuilding assistance to affected individuals and families. 100 percent of monies donated will go directly to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
  • North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund — The North Carolina Community Foundation this week reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund to help North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence. All funds raised for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of North Carolina.
  • Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

To help those affected in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands:

Mexico Earthquake Relief

Mexico Earthquake Relief

If you have a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, you can direct a grant to any qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit. You can log on to Donor Central, call 831.375.9712 or email our Philanthropic Services staff with any questions.

Rebuilding After Disaster

RebuildingAfterDisasterIn a 2017 Washington Monthly article, Community Foundation for Monterey County CEO Dan Baldwin teamed up with colleagues from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation to dive into how their organizations responded to disasters, ensuring confidence in relief and recovery grantmaking through the unique abilities of community foundations.

Updated 11/20/18