Californians now battle wildfires - and their longer-term effects - on an ongoing basis. In 2020 a heat wave and lightning sparked the second-largest fire in the state's history and hundreds of smaller fires burned across the state. Within months, areas impacted by fires face the risk of landslides and mudslides, flooding and more. The COVID-19 pandemic adds complexity to any relief efforts.
All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts for Californians affected by wildfires and related threats. Initially, the fund helps first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter. As needs emerge we will support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in the region. We monitor the impact on affected communities and work with partners on the ground to allocate funds to where they're needed most.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like wildfires. By funding the relief and recovery efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.