When natural or man-made disaster strikes, the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund accepts charitable donations, and makes grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate impact in disaster response, recovery, rebuilding and preparedness. Following a disaster, the Fund is a resource for survivors, community members, nonprofit organizations, government entities and donors.
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
Tracy Jarman, Chair
Retired, San Diego Fire Chief
Ed Kitrosser, Vice Chair
Retired, San Diego Office Managing and Partner – Moss Adams LLP
Frank Ault, Treasurer
Chair, San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation
Darcy Bingham, Secretary
Mark Fisher, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego
President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation
Regional Program Director of Emergency Management, U.S. Navy
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Retired, Deputy Chief of Operations with CAL FIRE San Diego Unit