The Amgen Foundation recently granted $200,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundationâ€™s Disaster Relief Fund.
Online PR News – 28-January-2018 – CAMARILLO, Calif. –
The Amgen Foundation recently granted $200,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which helps support mid- and long-term relief and rebuilding efforts.
“The Thomas Fire has deeply impacted our community and Amgen staff members,” said Eduardo Cetlin, president of the Amgen Foundation. “As part of the $500,000 committed by the Amgen Foundation to assist victims of the Southern California wildfires, we are proud to contribute to VCCF’s rebuilding efforts. As we come together to support each other, I have no doubt we will all come out of this stronger.”
Since the Thomas Fire started, the VCCF has secured more than $650,000 in community-based contributions to support relief and recovery efforts. The VCCF Board of Directors also committed an additional $200,000 towards the mid- to long-term relief strategy. Donors include family foundations and individuals, with about a third of contributions coming from corporations and corporate foundations.
With the help of the corporations like the Amgen Foundation, Peet’s Coffee, the REI Co-op, Blackbaud, Carhartt Vineyard, Carhartt, Inc., The Kearney Group at Merrill Lynch, Nutrishop Oxnard, Sunrun Inc., and Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, among others, the VCCF has received several hundred thousand from corporate donations to serve those in need.
Some organizations, like Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, launched employee giving campaigns and have seen an outpouring of employee leadership and support. Service clubs have also been active — the Rotary Relief Fund was established at VCCF in the first 24 hours after the start of the Thomas Fire and Rotarians throughout the district have been actively responding to the call to help.
“Never has our county seen such devastation as we have from the Thomas Fire. Likewise, we’ve never seen our community’s corporate sector come together with such generosity to help rebuild and heal — a process that will take years,” Vanessa Bechtel, president and CEO of the VCCF, said.
In addition to the Disaster Relief Fund, the VCCF launched the Sudden and Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund to provide a quick funding response to help avoid the loss of critical safety net services provided by nonprofits. All donations to the VCCF SUN Fund and the Disaster Relief Fund are directly applied 100 percent to supporting nonprofits who are providing direct services to those impacted by the fires. Donations to the fund can be made at www.vccf.org.
Since the Dec. 4 start of the Thomas Fire, the VCCF has contributed more than $1,000,000 to nonprofit organizations engaged in front-line relief and support efforts. Those organizations include:
Organizations can apply for funding online at www.vccf.org. For details, contact Roseannah Millsgrassin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 330-6673. To make a donation, visit www.vccf.org. People can contribute by sending a check or donating directly online; wire transfer is also an option.
VCCF invests the charitable capital that drives the philanthropic engines of Ventura County. The foundation was established in 1987 and endeavors to build philanthropy in the region and to give generously for the well-being of all in Ventura County. VCCF invests in the future through scholarships, grant making and collaborative partnerships. For more information or to donate, visit www.vccf.org.