Addressing Community Needs and Resilience Arising from Drought, Extreme Heat, and Wildfires | Part 1

Host Organization: Northern California Grantmakers


Discussion theme: Supporting and Protecting Latinx and Undocumented Communities

The worsening drought, heatwaves, and wildfires in California will require urgent and coordinated efforts from the philanthropic sector to support community response, recovery, and long-term resilience. Philanthropy California invites funders who are currently responding or looking to respond to our current natural hazard crises to participate in our monthly funders discussion that addresses immediate and emergent community challenges, as well as opportunities to build climate and disaster resilience.

Each meeting will focus on a theme (see event details) with short presentations from funders, frontline nonprofits, and/or government representatives. Funders are encouraged to share their approaches in responding to current and anticipated community impacts from California’s drought, heat, and wildfire events.

Session Info:

Thursday, October 7th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am:
Special Program: Addressing Drought Relief and Water Resilience California (registration will become available)
Thursday, October 28th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am: 
Discussion theme: Enhancing Wildfire Mitigation in Low-Income Neighborhoods. To register click here >.
Thursday, November 18th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am:
Discussion theme: Climate and Disaster Resilience with California’s Tribal Communities. To register click here >.


  • Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California – Irvine
  • Rico Peralta, Director of Program and Training, United Way Fresno and Madera Counties
  • Samantha Sandoval, Grantmaking and Special Projects Director, Latino Community Foundation

Target Audience

This program is open to Funders only (members and nonmembers).

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