"The only nationwide charity of its kind"
Updated 9/9/2020 - on behalf of our friends in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
We need no more inspiration than this. Our policy always been “never to raise money on behalf of any single person or family”. But right now, we stand at a crossroads… and we can either follow the same road we’ve been on for so long, or we can turn left. We have decided to turn left.
Two years ago… one man… a gifted musician from Southern Oregon… was single-handedly responsible for organizing a benefit concert, bringing together multiple artists from the region to perform, with all proceeds benefiting the families whose homes were lost during the fires that rocked Northern California in the summer of 2018.
The concert was not huge, by some people’s standards, but it did manage to raise a few thousand dollars. Later that same month, they performed again at The Black Sheep Pub in Ashland, Oregon, where they managed to raise a couple thousand more.
We matched the money raised from those two concerts, added $10,000 more… which was roughly half of everything we had ever raised, and headed to California for what was then (and still is today) our largest single relief effort. In the week following Christmas 2018, we were able to help 27 families whose homes had burnt to the ground. We, and those families, are forever grateful to him, and all who attended those concerts. They gave whatever they could afford to give, and it went directly to the families who desperately needed their help.
Today, that same man who started it all, lost his own home… engulfed by the fires that are currently ravaging Southern Oregon and Northern California.
We are heartbroken… but not just for him… even he is probably concerned more about the welfare of others right now.
Our world is changing right in front of our eyes. We stare, mouths agape in disbelief, while our friends in Northern (and Southern) California flee for their lives from another year of record-breaking wildfires. We sit, half-paralyzed, while we watch our friends in southwest Louisiana take the full force of the strongest storm to hit its coast in 150 years. There's little we can do, when there is so much suffering, because we can't help everyone and we know it.
So, we are changing, too. We can’t help everyone, but we can help some. As of today, we are doubling down to help our friends in Northern California. We were there once and we’re going to do everything we can, with what limited resources we have, to help them again.
This time we are going to do it differently. We are going to ask the public to help us too. Despite our lofty title, we are a small charity, family run and operated. We give everything we receive. We do not use donations to pay operating costs, nor do we collect a paycheck. We volunteer our time, and we pay our operating costs with money we earn from our own full-time jobs. Our average donation is less than 25 dollars. Our two largest donors make less than $50,000 per year. To this day, that is what has fueled everything we have done (and we've managed to do quite a lot).
Now we are asking for your support. If you’d like to contribute to our cause, every single dollar you give will be given directly to a family in Southern Oregon or Northern California whose home was destroyed during this horrific wildfire season. This will last throughout the month of September.
You can donate to the Foundation by clicking here: http://www.ndrf.us/donate-now-1.html
Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt. It’s time to step up. Help us make a difference in these people’s lives.
Much love, always.