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Supporting Communities Affected by Wildfires

We’ve compiled a list of trusted organizations working to help communities impacted by the wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and California.

September 16, 2020

As wildfires continue to blaze across Washington, Oregon, and California, we are sharing a list of local organizations working on the ground to support affected residents and responders. Below are a few trusted resources for those who want to support these communities with immediate help, such as emergency shelter, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding. This list will be updated as we are made aware of relief efforts.


As of Sept. 15, destructive wildfires continue to move quickly through the state, with firefighters battling approximately three dozen fires in Washington and Oregon. With these fires, thick smoke has settled over the region, causing severe health concerns for many in our community – especially those already at risk. Areas of Eastern and Central Washington were hit particularly hard.

  • Community Foundation of North Central Washington is providing support to families and communities affected by wildfires through the NCW Fire Relief Fund. Learn more and donate.
  • United Way of Whitman County is committed to supporting those impacted by the Whitman County fires. In the town of Malden alone, 80 percent of the homes and structures have been destroyed. This emergency fund at the United Way of Whitman County will help those impacted by this disaster. Learn more and donate.
  • Helping Our Wenatchee Immigrant Community: Farm worker communities now face raging fires and debilitating smoke, in addition to the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice has partnered with Parque Padrinos, and the Latinx and Immigrant Solidarity Group in fundraising and collecting and distributing aid those who have been displaced. Learn more and donate through GoFundMe.
  • United Ways of the Pacific Northwest launched the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund in response to the wildfires devastating parts of Oregon, Idaho and Washington.  Learn more and donate.

Across the country, community foundations work with local nonprofits to determine the short- and long-term relief and recovery needs of a particular place. Seattle Foundation stands in solidarity with our fellow community foundations in Washington, Oregon, and California.



  • California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports both mid-term and long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires. Since the Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003, CCF has granted more than $24 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of these devastating wildfires. Learn more and donate.
  • California Immigrant Resilience Fund can direct you to local efforts in Northern California to ensure undocumented families impacted by wildfires have support and resources necessary to recover and rebuild their lives. Learn more and donate.
  • The Latino Community Foundation is reactivating the Wildfire Relief Fund (formerly designated only for NorCal) to deploy contributions to Latino-led organizations supporting families displaced by the current wildfires across all the state of California. Learn more and donate.
  • San Francisco Foundation provides a useful summary of several local community foundations in Northern California responding to wildfires. Learn more and donate.
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established the San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties Wildfire Relief Fund that will benefit those affected by these destructive fires and their aftermath. Learn more and donate.

Climate Justice

With rising global temperatures, experts say we will continue to see intense wildfires and difficult circumstances unless we actively work to combat the effects of climate change. Reducing the risks of climate change requires addressing its root causes, identifying and adapting to its impacts and ensuring community resiliency to respond to climate change.

The Climate Justice Impact Strategy is Seattle Foundation’s comprehensive work to ensure that communities of color and low-income communities are leading and shaping efforts to reduce the disproportionate effects of climate change that they experience. We invest in community-based research, build coalitions that bridge social and environmental justice and strengthen the capacity of nonprofits working to advance climate solutions. We use our voice, exercise our leadership and align philanthropic efforts to increase climate justice for our most vulnerable communities.

Learn more about Seattle Foundation’s Climate Justice Impact Strategy.

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