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

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.

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.

Where to Give

3/2020 Tennessee Tornados

  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund In the wake of destructive tornados, power outages, road closures and rescues throughout Davidson and surrounding counties, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs. Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing vital services both immediate and long term.


1/2020 Australian Wildfire Relief

Funds for Previous Fires

10/2019 Kincaid Fire – Sonoma County

11/2018 Camp Fire – Butte County

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

8/2018 – Northern California Wild Fires

2017 Southern California Wild Fires

Ventura & Southern California Wild Fires

7/2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Gilroy Foundation created of a charitable fund to assist victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on July 28, 2019. 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

Hurricane Relief

Funds for Previous Hurricanes

8/2019 Hurricane Dorian

8/2018 Hurricane Florence

9/2017 Hurricane Irma

9/2017 Hurricane Maria

To help those affected in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands:

8/2017 Hurricane Harvey

Earthquake Relief

1/2020 Puerto Rico

Funds for Previous Earthquakes

9/2017 Mexico

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.

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