Disaster Grantmaking

Philanthropy has responded generously to a range of extreme natural events over the past few years, from wildfires to earthquakes to floods to hurricanes and to heatwaves.Recent extreme natural events have exposed the vulnerability of marginalized communities – especially low-income communities and communities of color – in preparing for and responding to disasters. However, we have largely ignored the underlying mechanisms that contribute to racial, gender, and wealth inequality long after a disaster.

Philanthropy California is offering funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on the fires, local and state agency responses, and how to aid local efforts and avoid fraud. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, United Philanthropy Forum, and League of California Community Foundations.

The devastation of Hurricane Florence has wide-reaching impacts that will require strategic, long-term investments. The Council co-sponsored this webinar on Tuesday, September 18, with CDP, Southeastern Council of Foundations, and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Look for the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, -- details about this fund are provided during the webinar.

Nearly 9,000 wildfires tore through the State of California in December 2017, burning 1.2 million acres of land, destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing at least 46 people.