We have all seen the footage of the devastation wrought by wildfires in Maui.  Many residents lost everything in the fire and will need significant support to rebuild their lives.

If you are interested in making a donation to recovery funds, the Hawaii Community Foundation is hosting the Maui Strong Fund.  The Maui United Way also has a Maui Fire Disaster Fund.

Our sister organization, Funder Hui, has a list of fundraising efforts and resources related to the fire, and is co-sponsoring a webinar on recovery needs for this Friday, August 17.

Hawaii Wildfires:  What Will Recovery Look Like?

August 17, 4:00pm
Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Funder Hui

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Funder Hui are hosting a webinar to address the urgent and long-term needs of communities affected by the wildfires. Panelists will focus on the unique nature of island recovery, including Hawaii’s ecology; the impact of losing such a critical cultural, political and economic engine; and lessons learned from wildfire recovery in other communities.

At the end of the webinar, donors and grantmakers will:

  1. Understand the distinctive immediate and long-term needs in an island setting.
  2. Learn about how pre-existing inequities will affect outcomes for recovery.
  3. Increase their knowledge of Hawaii’s unique characteristics and how funders can help maintain them during recovery.

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also be of interest to emergency managers, academics, disaster responders and NGO staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.