As a resource for community members, nonprofit organizations, government entities and donors during and following a disaster, the Regional Disaster Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate impact in disaster response, recovery, rebuilding and preparedness.
If you need immediate assistance regarding a contribution to the Regional Disaster Fund, please contact (619) 814-1332.
October 2007 Wildfires
The October 2007 wildfires comprised one of the largest natural disasters in California’s history. Combined, the fires scorched more than 575 square miles in San Diego County – destroying more than 1,600 homes and impacting thousands of residents county-wide.
The Disaster Fund responded by commissioning a disaster-wide community needs assessment that included a five-point recovery strategy: Community Infrastructure for Recovery (Community Recovery Teams); Recovering Lives; Rebuilding Homes; Restoring the Environment; and Preparing for Future Wildfire Disasters.
In total, more than $10 million was granted in support of response, recovery, rebuilding, and preparedness efforts related to the 2007 fires. We are extremely grateful to the 2,200+ donors who contributed funds in support of our region’s recovery.
San Diego Regional Disaster Fund Board
Ed Kitrosser, Chair
Retired, San Diego Office Managing and Partner – Moss Adams LLP
Jill Olen, Vice Chair
Regional Program Director of Emergency Management, U.S. Navy
Frank Ault, Treasurer
Chair, San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation
Darcy Bingham, Secretary
Vice President, University Advancement, California State University San Marcos
Mark Fisher, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Executive Director, San Diego Regional Fire Fund
Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego
Interim Chief Executive Officer, The San Diego Foundation
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Retired, Deputy Chief of Operations with CAL FIRE San Diego Unit