September 2, 2020
In response to the devastation caused by recent wildfires throughout California, Gap Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CPD) California Wildfires Recovery Fund.
To date, the 2020 California wildfire season has resulted in more than 1.6 million acres of burned land and more than 3,100 structures damaged or destroyed. Gap Foundation chose to partner with CDP because of their approach that prioritizes medium to long-term recovery, especially among vulnerable populations throughout California. Since its inception, CDP’s California Wildfires Recovery Funds has awarded more than $3 million in grants to nonprofits and community groups in northern and southern California.
Through the Selvage Fund, and in partnership with E4E Relief, Gap Foundation is able to support Gap Inc. employees who have been directly impacted by the fires. Named after the tightly woven edge of a fabric that prevents it from unraveling or fraying, the Selvage Fund was created to support Gap Inc. employees in times of need. The Selvage Fund provides cash grants to qualifying Gap Inc. employees in the US & Canada who need financial support as the result of an IRS qualifying disaster.
Since its launch in June 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the California wildfires, the fund has made over 1,300 grants and awarded more than $690,000 to Gap Inc. employees in need. Gap Inc. employees who wish to support colleagues in need can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Selvage Fund at selvagefund.e4erelief.org
About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. It manages domestic and international disaster funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. CDP has disbursed almost $15 million to more than 100 organizations in the U.S. and abroad through its various funds. For more information, visit: https://disasterphilanthropy.org or follow @funds4disaster on Twitter.