September 2, 2021
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida and recent wildfires throughout California, Gap Foundation will make a $300,000 donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Atlantic Hurricane and California Wildfires Funds. Gap Foundation chose to partner with CDP as a recognized leader in disaster recovery that prioritizes medium to long-term recovery and is especially focused on meeting the needs of populations marginalized by systemic inequities. A successful recovery is also about individuals and families being able to rebound from their losses and sustain their physical, social, economic, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Hurricane Ida and Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida
Hurricane Ida was the second most intense hurricane to strike Louisiana on record, only behind Hurricane Katrina. The storm has caused at least $27 - $40 billion in insured and uninsured losses. The remnants of the storm produced a destructive tornado outbreak and catastrophic flash flooding in the Northeastern states. Throughout its path of destruction, more than a million people had no power and widespread heavy infrastructural damage occurred throughout the southeast, as well as extremely heavy flooding in coastal areas. CDP’s Atlantic Hurricane Fund will support programs such as rebuilding homes and livelihoods, provide mental health services and address other urgent challenges that arise as recovery efforts progress as identified by the affected communities.
California Wildfires 2021
For 2021, California has recorded a total of 6,983 fires, burning 1,887,773 acres across the state and leaving many marginalized and underserved communities displaced from their homes. CDP’s California Wildfires Recovery Funds will identify gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial support where it is needed most. Since its inception, CDP’s California Wildfires Recovery Funds has awarded more than $3.8 million in grants to nonprofits and community groups in northern and southern California.
Helping Gap Inc. Employees
Through the Selvage Fund and in partnership with E4E Relief, Gap Foundation can support Gap Inc. employees directly impacted by the fires in California and those impacted by the hurricane. 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 due to an IRS qualifying disaster.
Since its launch in May 2020, the fund has made over 1,850 grants to COVID-19 crisis and major natural disasters and awarded more than $1,060,000 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://www.disasterphilanthropy.org/ or follow @funds4disaster on Twitter.