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The devastating fires in the North Bay made for one of the deadliest and most costly natural disaster in Northern California since the 1906 earthquake. The Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund supports low-income, vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis. 100% of what you give will go where it is needed most.

We are thrilled to report that to-date we have raised nearly $34 million to support North Bay Fire Relief thanks to our Community and the Band Together Bay Area effort. These donations powered 58 grants to 52 North Bay nonprofits serving low-income, immigrant, and student communities most impacted by the fires.

Special thanks to the Band Together Bay Area founding sponsors:



Emergency Relief Recipients

Click here to learn more about our investments and strategy.

For 13 years, Tipping Point has been working to break the cycle of poverty by finding and funding the most promising solutions in the Bay Area. We called upon our experience and the expertise of North Bay community leaders to identify the following partners that could deploy capital rapidly and effectively during the crisis.

To continue funding fire relief efforts, please consider a contribution directly to one of Tipping Point’s 48 beneficiaries.

Investments To-Date

Beneficiary Grant Project Highlights and Needs Met
(not exhaustive; for illustrative purposes only)
Phase 1 - Relief $8,109,000 Support immediate needs of low-income communities impacted by fires; deliver funds quickly through trusted North Bay partners
Santa Rosa Community Health $2,500,000 Exam rooms to temporarily replace Vista Clinic destroyed in fires, which served a majority of low-income clients
UndocuFund $1,000,000 Operational and financial assistance to organization in support of immigrants impacted by fires
Catholic Charities Santa Rosa $750,000 Case management, legal services and housing navigation support for low-income families
Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc. as part of the North Bay
Fire Relief Fund established by the Press Democrat
$750,000 Financial assistance for 3,000 students who lost a home, providing $500 each through $250 match
Redwood Empire Food Bank $500,000 Food distribution efforts to support increased demand
On The Move $450,000 Case management and housing navigation support for low-income young people and families
Mendocino Community Foundation $400,000 Organizational infrastructure and case management for Mendocino County fire relief efforts
Salvation Army - Napa + Sonoma $350,000 Case management for low-income individuals and families
Jewish Family and Children's Services $250,000 Disaster recovery case management, housing navigation support, direct financial assistance, mental health services and crisis counseling for low-income individuals and families
Napa Valley Community Foundation $250,000 Increased investment in key organizations serving low-income communities: Bay Area Legal Aid, Cope Family Center, On The Move, Puertas Abiertas, and UpValley Family Centers
Sonoma County Community Foundation $250,000 Increased investment in key organizations serving low-income communities: La Luz, Petaluma People Services Center, and Redwood Empire Food Bank
North Coast Opportunities $200,000 Case management for low-income individuals and families in Lake County
Becoming Independent $150,000 Client services for disabled target population, including employment and life skills coaching and training
Legal Aid of Sonoma County $150,000 Legal services for low-income individuals and families impacted by fires in issues related to housing, employment, benefits, and consumer protection
Women's Recovery Services $100,000 Support for organizational operations and ongoing program implementation
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Sonoma County $50,000 Financial assistance and counseling for low-income, first-time mothers
Gateway to College at Santa Rosa College $9,000 Financial assistance and counseling for low-income community college students
Phase 2 - Recovery $25,730,000 Focus on emerging needs resulting from fires: housing, employment and mental health
Catholic Charities Santa Rosa: Caritas Village $5,000,000 52 new family shelter rooms and 137 new units of housing, and added capacity to serve double the number of homeless individuals
Burbank Housing: Journey's End $2,500,000 Relocation funding and assistance to 44 displaced low-income residents that were living in the Journey’s End mobile home park
Redwood Community Health Coalition $2,000,000 Support for eight community health centers that incurred increased costs and damage during the fires, enabling continuous medical, dental, and mental health care for displaced low-income patients
Burbank Housing: Stoddard West $1,500,000 Closing a financial gap left by rising building costs for development of 50 units allocated to low-income families in Napa
La Luz Center: Building Trades Training Pathway $1,500,000 Construction trade training and job readiness programs for 380 low-income participants
La Luz Center: MicroLoan Program $1,500,000 Investment in local businesses, with a goal of 50 new loans, and support to new and existing businesses through classes and mentoring
Santa Rosa Community Health $1,500,000 Ongoing support of Vista Clinic temporary facilities to ensure low-income patients have access to care post-fires
Enterprise Community Loan Fund $1,175,000 350-500 new units of affordable housing
Burbank Housing: Homes for Sonoma $1,000,000 20 new units of temporary housing for low-income families
CTE Foundation: North Bay Construction Corps Program $1,000,000 Training for 300 high school seniors to prepare them for entry-level construction jobs after high school
Sonoma Economic Development Board - Construction Training Center $1,000,000 A new construction trades training center and training of at least 375 adults per year
Redwood Community Health Coalition $850,000 Provided 7,200 low-income patients with psychotherapy visits
COTS $700,000 Expansion to Santa Rosa to provide rapid re-housing services
Hanna Institute: International Trauma Center Partnership $650,000 Evidence-based trauma recovery services for 2,400 people impacted by the fires
Conservation Corps North Bay $500,000 Training for 100 low-income young people in building trades to assist with long-term recovery
Workforce Development Board of Solano County $500,000 Occupational training and certifications for 200 low-wage workers in Solano County displaced by the fires
Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County: Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Collaborative $450,000 500 professionals are trained in Skills for Psychological Recovery, an evidence-based methodology for helping people cope with trauma post-disaster
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County $250,000 Case management for 1,600 low-income families
Sonoma County Community Development Commission $250,000 Capacity-building support to meet the increased demand for homeless and rental support services
Santa Rosa Community Health: Sonoma Resilience Collaborative $250,000 1,875 low-income patients receive trauma support services
Sonoma Economic Development Board - Impact Loan Fund $200,000 50 new loans over three years to small businesses, and creation and retention of 200 jobs
United Policyholders $200,000 Funding for a dedicated Local Program Coordinator to provide insurance navigation including facilitation of 20 public workshops and eight legal clinics
Napa Valley Community Foundation $200,000 25-40 Accessory Dwelling Units within 2-3 years for low-income renters and/or fire survivors
Operation Access $150,000 Coordination of surgical and specialty care services for low-income patients from Sonoma and Napa counties
UpValley Family Centers $150,000 Support services for 3,000 low-income immigrant families in Napa
Dovetail Learning's ToolBox Program $100,000 Professional development and curriculum training for staff to help students build social-emotional and resiliency skills in the wake of trauma
North Bay Organizing Project $100,000 Training for young leaders from community organizations to support community recovery and response
Sonoma County Secure Families Fund $100,000 Specialized legal services for immigrants and training for 30 local attorneys in immigration law
LIME Foundation: NextGen Academy $100,000 100 young people trained in the construction trades to provide living wage jobs
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California $100,000 Increased capacity for public education and local organizing in support of affordable housing
Clear Lake Senior Center $50,000 Additional funding for shelter for the residents supporting senior citizen residents of the Clearlake region in Lake County
KRCB Public Television + Radio $25,000 Communications about fire recovery to engage broad community participation
Santa Rosa Junior College $25,000 Financial assistance for community college students who lost housing or were otherwise impacted by the fires
St. Dorothy's Rest $25,000 Financial assistance for housing and feeding first responders during the fires and for those still working on fire recovery
Sonoma Family Meal $25,000 200 vulnerable families impacted by the fires receive meals and food security support
Community Action Partnership $25,000 15 residents improve their English skills by one grade level, thereby improving earning potential and filling critical workforce vacancies in region
ExtraFood $20,000 Food and prepared meals to shelters during the fires and to meet continued needs of vulnerable populations
West County Community Services $20,000 Support to serve the increased number and needs of vulnerable clients following the fires
Forget Me Not Children's Services $15,000 Summer camp scholarships for 45 children impacted by the fires
KBBF $15,000 Communications about fire recovery assistance and services for the Spanish-speaking community
Food for Thought $10,000 Support for food bank to meet increased needs of vulnerable residents, including additional food and extended hours
Grand Total: $33,885,000  

Band Together Bay Area

Band Together Bay Area, a benefit concert hosted at iconic AT&T Park on November 9, 2017, mobilized the Bay Area in a show of support for the most vulnerable populations affected by this crisis. Local artists and companies came together to raise an incredible $17 million. Band Together 2, which followed on December 14 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, raised an additional $4 million. 100% of ticket sales and donations funded grants to help low-income communities recover and rebuild.

Thank you to the thousands of donors who made this work possible. Click here to see a list of donors who made contributions to Tipping Point’s Emergency Relief Fund and our ongoing work in the community.