In response to several major Napa County fires that started burning the night of October 8th and have displaced thousands of area residents thus far, Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has mobilized its Disaster Relief Fund.
The Fund was established in response to the South Napa Earthquake of 2014 with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners, and ultimately helped provide services to more than 12,000 earthquake victims, and cash aid to 1,400 of those hardest-hit by the last declared disaster in the region.
In the days ahead, NVCF will be convening decision-makers from the nonprofit sector and local government to assess urgent needs, identify short term gaps and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. NVCF will do this work in collaboration with Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (aka, the Napa Valley COAD), a grouping of community service organizations brought together by the Foundation to improve coordination and communication among nonprofits - and between local government agencies, the charitable sector, faith communities and the private sector - following a disaster.
The Foundation will also distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local nonprofits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. All of these nonprofits received intensive technical assistance from NVCF to boost their capacity to respond to events such as the fires now underway in Napa County.