Philanthropy's Response to California's Storms

Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response


California experienced one of the state's most devastating disasters this January when historic storms devastated a large portion of the state, leaving at least 20 people dead. There have been 9 atmospheric rivers, bringing massive flooding, tornado-like winds, dangerous mudslides, and contaminated floodwater. With the hazardous conditions created, more people have died in the storms in recent weeks than the number of those lost in wildfires in the past two years. A state of emergency as been declared, as experts say the damage from weeks of storms could exceed $1 billion dollars

As updates about the impact of this disaster are known and opportunities to support long-term recovery become available, this page will be updated with resources and information.


Relief Funds


  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters.
  • FEMA is a critical federal partner of the Council that often relies on community foundations and place-based funders before, during, and after a disaster hits. Visit FEMA'S California's severe winter storms page for additional news and information.

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