Regional Disaster Fund

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.

December 2017 Wildfire

In 2017, the Lilac Fire burned through the Bonsall and Fallbrook communities of San Diego, seriously injuring two people, destroying 114 homes and damaging over 50 more. Once the fire was fully contained, the impact stretched across 4,100 acres in the region.

In response to the significant devastation and at the request of the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect and manage donations to help the survivors and their communities with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts.

In total, more than 200 local companies and individuals generously contributed $426,000 to the Regional Disaster Fund in support of Lilac Fire recovery and rebuilding. While the long-term recovery efforts are still ongoing, the Lilac Fire donations have translated into critical needs for those communities and individuals hit hardest by the fire. Read about the impact of San Diego Regional Disaster Fund in the aftermath of the Lilac Fire here.

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.

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San Diego Regional Disaster Fund Board

Ed Kitrosser, Chair
Retired, San Diego Office Managing and Partner – Moss Adams LLP

Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH, Vice Chair
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego

Frank Ault, Treasurer
Chair, San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation

Darcy Bingham, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Cathy Baur
Vice President, University Advancement, California State University San Marcos

Mark Fisher, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

Craig Garner
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Joan Jones
Executive Director, San Diego Regional Fire Fund

Connie Matsui
Interim Chief Executive Officer, The San Diego Foundation

Dave Snyder
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Kelly Zombro
Retired, Deputy Chief of Operations with CAL FIRE San Diego Unit


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