Responding to Emergencies

Dear Friends of the Foundation,

As you know, communities in the greater Sacramento region are reeling from recent emergencies — including devastating wildfires and the refugee resettlement crisis — and donations from the public are needed to help offset the cost of the extraordinary response services that are required during, and will be necessary following, these emergencies.

Fundholders with Donor Advised Funds: You can make a grant to response efforts at the organizations mentioned below from your fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Yolo Community Foundation, or Lodi Community Foundation using DonorCentral. Please contact Chelsea Fahr, Director of Donor Engagement, with any questions at or (916) 921-7723 ext. 2021.

California Wildfires

Together with our fundholders, the Foundation has donated more than $40,000 to the local and front-line relief efforts below.


When emergencies strike, community foundations are uniquely equipped to respond; each has deep connections within the community it serves and relationships with the organizations that make an impact—during times of crisis and recovery. Our colleagues at the El Dorado Community Foundation and Placer Community Foundation have opened funds to support relief efforts for the Caldor Fire and River Fire, respectively:

El Dorado Community Foundation


Placer Community Foundation

River Fire Relief Fund


In addition to the funds listed above, many local organizations serve the impacted areas and are helping meet community needs. You can assist immediate recovery efforts by donating directly to nonprofits like the American Red Cross Gold Country Region and The Salvation Army Del Oro Division, both of which are deploying people and supplies to provide relief, as safely as possible.


The impacts of wildfires like these cascade long after the flames are extinguished, even in communities beyond the fire-scarred regions. Breathe California Sacramento Region and California Fire Foundation are two local organizations whose services address some of the terrible consequences of wildfires. We encourage donors interested in discovering organizations that support causes they care about, like these two, to visit GivingEdge, a database of local nonprofits that is searchable by keyword, mission category, and location.

Visit GivingEdGE

Refugee Resettlement

A past grant to Opening Doors helped increase their storage capacity and tracking abilities.

Like you, we have watched events unfolding in Afghanistan with deep concern. The Sacramento region is among the largest resettlement destinations in the country for refugees who assisted the U.S. government in Afghanistan and have received Special Immigrant Visas. As U.S. troops withdraw, many nonprofits that help welcome Afghan refugees to our region have rapidly mobilized their services in anticipation of new arrivals.


To support those efforts, the Foundation and our donors have directed $20,000 to a number of nonprofits in our region that help welcome and settle refugees, including Opening Doors, World Relief Sacramento, and International Rescue Committee in Sacramento. In addition to financial gifts, many refugee-serving organizations gladly accept welcome packages and volunteer applications. For details on each, please visit the websites linked above.

Thank you!

Our thoughts are with our neighbors whose lives are affected by these crises. We are always heartened by the Sacramento region's response to emergencies and, as ever, we appreciate your generosity.