Responding to the Oroville Emergency

The Foundation's donation supported frontline response efforts during the Oroville spillway emergency

The Foundation distributed $20,000 to three nonprofit organizations that provided immediate relief to those impacted by the recent Oroville spillway emergency, which precipitated one of the largest evacuations in California in several decades. 

The funds were collected from donations made to the Sacramento Region Disaster Fund for Oroville Spillway Evacuee Relief, which the Foundation activated following the announcement of mandatory evacuations in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties. The Foundation supplemented those donations with a grant from its fund that responds to local emergencies.

"Our region responded to the evacuation in typical fashion: generously, and with deep concern about the impact of the emergency on the lives of those affected," said Linda Beech Cutler, our chief executive. "When we opened the fund and asked people in our community to donate to the response effort, they gave immediately."

"Working together is the most effective way to respond to events like this,” said Gary Strong, chief executive of American Red Cross, Gold Country Region—one of the nonprofits that received a Foundation grant to offset the costs of its on-the-ground efforts during the emergency—and a member of our Board of Directors. “We cannot give enough thanks the people in our community who rallied with the Foundation to support organizations like ours."

In addition to the American Red Cross, the Foundation also awarded grants to the California Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army.

“The extraordinary efforts of local and state agencies, along with the generosity of people in our community and all over California helped temper a potential disaster,” said Cutler. “The Foundation is honored to have been a part of that remarkable response.”