Rancho Santa Fe Foundation offers funds for fire relief


By the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

In the past week, we have experienced the beginning of what is very likely to be a significant fire season in San Diego County. Many local communities were affected by last week’s fires, and we anticipate that there will be more needs in the coming months.

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is providing leadership and assistance in addressing these needs in our communities. For the 2007 fire relief, the RSF Foundation provided about $400,000 of assistance over six months after the fires. We have two funds dedicated to helping people who have suffered loss or damage to their homes in the recent fires:

•Disaster Relief Fund at the RSF Foundation:

All contributed funds will be distributed to those people affected by the fires who need short-term financial assistance. No fees are taken on the Disaster Relief Fund.

•First Responders’ Fund:

First responders sometimes suffer injuries or loss of their homes while they are fighting the fires to protect county residents. All contributed funds will be distributed to assist first responders and their families. No fees are taken on the First Responders’ Fund.

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation will accept contributions to these funds by cash, check or transfer from a donor advised fund at the RSF Foundation. Checks should be made payable to RSF Foundation (Disaster Relief Fund or First Responders’ Fund in the memo line), and sent to: PO Box 811, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067.

Assistance will be given to those who have been documented by the County of San Diego as having serious damage or total loss of their homes. This list should become available by early in the week of May 19, 2014. The financial assistance is usually provided to recipients in the form of pre-paid gift cards that can be used at most retail locations, and in some cases the cards may be used to pay bills.

We will be working with the Village Community Church and the RSF Association to coordinate efforts to assist residents who live within the Rancho Santa Fe area or who reach out to the Village Church for assistance.

Inquiries may be directed to the RSF Foundation (858-756-6557), the Village Community Church (858-756-2441) or the RSF Association (858-756-1174).