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ACF Establishes Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund

ACF seeds the fund with $10,000 to aid Sedona and nearby communities

The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Sedona Community Foundation and Flagstaff Community Foundation, has established the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund, and has seeded the fund with $10,000.

In alignment with ACF’s focus on sustainable solutions, the Fund will address post-fire recovery, repair and community rebuilding efforts. These needs may include environmental and infrastructure projects, community clean-up, support for displaced families, animal care, and/or rehabilitation and rebuilding of damaged buildings or homes resulting from the Slide Fire.

ACF has a successful track record of deploying disaster relief funds to address long-term needs—many of which are not known until the crisis has ended. In the wake of the Yarnell Hill Fire last summer, ACF established the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund, which received $1.14 million in donations from individuals, businesses and foundations across the country. A grant of $410,000 from that fund was awarded in fall 2013 to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group for Phase I of a three-phase recovery plan. This funding helped to address the most critical post-emergency needs, including the rebuilding of homes, help for the underinsured, unmet needs of fire victims, and aid to the Yarnell Water Improvement Association and the Yarnell and Peeples Valley fire departments.

ACF deployed a similar strategy in the wake of the Monument Fire in Cochise County in 2011. Funds raised in response to that disaster were utilized to mitigate mudslides, which were threatening homes in the canyon weeks after the fire.

"Monsoon storms brought rain to burned land, creating this unexpected new threat, which made ACF’s flexible funding particularly urgent and valuable in this community,” said Jacky Alling, ACF’s Chief Philanthropic Services Officer. “We learned from that fire and ensured that our disaster response funding strategy moving forward would be to wait for the crisis to end, assess needs in partnership with local leaders, community residents and nonprofits, and then decide how best to deploy our resources to help communities heal and rebuild.”

How to Donate

Donors looking to give to the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund can make tax-deductible donations online can do so by clicking here. The Arizona Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To make your gift by phone or mail, call (602) 682-2042 or send your check to:

Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Road, #405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Please note “Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund” on the memo line.

Funds will be used in response to this fire exclusively. No overhead or administrative fees will be charged to the fund.

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