CDP Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund

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Houses on fire on Boulder County caused by the Marshall Fire

On Dec. 30, 2021, high winds and downed electrical lines in Boulder County sparked two wildfires that led to multiple evacuations and hundreds of homes destroyed.

The Marshall Fire, the larger of the two fires, is believed to be the most destructive fire in Colorado history. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund works across the state to support families and communities as they work to recover from the fires. Click To Tweet

We know that the recovery process lasts long beyond when the fire is extinguished. CDP addresses this through targeted grantmaking that prioritizes medium- and long-term recovery needs identified in collaboration with local partners.

Photo by South Metro Fire Rescue via Twitter.

In 2020, Colorado joined last year’s record-breaking North American wildfire season with three fires challenging firefighters in the state: the Cameron Peak Fire, East Troublesome Fire and Calwood Fire. The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires are the second- and third-largest fires in Colorado history, respectively.

As with many things in recent years, the state’s response has been made complicated by the global pandemic.

With an intersectional racial equity lens and an emphasis on medium- and long-term recovery, CDP works to identify gaps in recovery funding to help direct financial and technical support where it is needed most.

Advocacy for equitable recovery

This includes support for those advocating for farmworkers, agricultural workers, immigrants, refugees, indigenous communities or those who have lost income due to the wildfires. We also support those advocating for and providing affordable housing, housing repair and utility support.

Social services

We fund organizations that provide programs for disproportionately affected populations as they see the needs for their services continue.

Access to food

We support efforts that address food insecurity as prices continue to increase and preparing food becomes an issue.

Leadership accountability and trustworthy information

We support those that hold leadership accountable for systems failures and organizations working to disseminate accurate information about existing challenges.


We support projects that protect the land against the future effects of wildfires – those working in the forests and watersheds to protect the environment.

With support from our Colorado Wildfires Fund, our grantee partners are helping affected communities rebuild stronger than before the fires struck. Check back soon for impact stories!

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Thank you to the following donors for their generous support of the CDP Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund.

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  • Mary and Dan Druml Charitable Fund
  • The Finkelstein Family
  • Kelley Ryan

Your support has a direct and significant impact on our efforts to help survivors rebuild stronger than before the wildfires.

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For more information on the situation and to learn about available resources, contact Sally Ray, Director, Domestic Funds.

To make a gift or learn more about the Fund, please contact our Development Team.

(Photo by Chayene Rafaela on Unsplash.)