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Rebuild NorthBay Foundation

Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine.

aka After The Fire USA   |   Sonoma, CA   |  http://afterthefireusa.org

Mission

We help communities navigate wildfire. Our three main program buckets are resiliency, innovation, and assisting fire effected communities design and implement the process to recover and rebuild. We build networks of survivors and leaders from communities vulnerable to and affected in this Era of Megafires.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO

Jennifer Gray Thompson

COO

Charles Brooks

Main address

595 5th St West

Sonoma, CA 95476 USA

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EIN

82-3266893

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During a disaster, the focus of the world is on the challenges of recovery, but soon after the event ends, cameras leave and donations cease at the exact moment where survivors need the most help. Recovering from a federally declared disaster is a long term process -- between 7-10 years if an area is very fortunate; 20-30 years if resources are scarce. Most people are familiar with the need for short term relief for survivors, however very few are aware the needs of survivors grow with time and there are very few nonprofits that work in long term recovery to meet that need. It can take 1-2 years before a survivor can even begin to think about rebuilding. Why? Trauma often accompanies disaster and rebuilding is a very stressful, complicated process. It is critical to have a dedicated organization who will listen and respond to the needs of fire survivors until every family is home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community to Community Programs

Our "Community to Community" program connects established and emerging leaders from wildfire-impacted areas with peers who have gone through successful wildfire recoveries in other regions. By working together collaboratively, these leaders navigate the long and challenging road to recovery with invaluable support and insights. Through this program, we foster a sense of unity and empower communities to rebuild stronger than ever.

At After the Fire USA, we are dedicated to supporting communities as they embark on the journey of recovery, rebuilding their lives, and envisioning a more resilient future. We believe in the power of prevention, innovation, collaboration, and fostering connections between fire-impacted communities. Together, we can solve megafire.

Population(s) Served

Our commitment to making a lasting impact extends beyond direct assistance. Through our Advocacy and Education program, we actively engage in federal advocacy delegations, working tirelessly on critical issues in resiliency, recovery, and improved public policy. We proudly represent and empower wildfire survivors and communities free of charge, forging connections with lawmakers, agencies, and changemakers who can drive meaningful change.

We understand the importance of strong leadership and advocate for policies that better serve our communities in times of crisis. We collaborate as consulting subject matter experts with esteemed academic institutions such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, University of North Texas, University of North Carolina, and others. Through these collaborations, we assist local governments in navigating the challenges posed by megafires and building resilience.

Population(s) Served

After the Fire USA hosts the Wildfire Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California. This three-day event brings together a curated list of disaster leaders, policymakers, innovators, and, most importantly, frontline disaster communities. The summit serves as a platform to share insights, best practices, and lessons learned, fostering collaboration and empowering communities to navigate the challenges they face.

We convene the only 360-degree conference for wildfire in the United States. We ensure it is free to all frontline wildfire communities. We are proud that 50% of the attendees are working directly with megafire victims across the country, from Month 1 to Year 7. This conference is recorded to ensure ALL people have access to the information.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

At After the Fire USA, we firmly believe that building resilience against fire is the most effective way to mitigate risks and ensure a better recovery. Through our "Before the Fire" programs, we develop robust models and innovative tools to foster economic, environmental, and community resilience.

We innovate because it is not enough to respond to wildfire disasters -- we must work to prevent the problem from growing. Our North Bay Forest Improvement Program is an innovative, successful pilot program funded by Cal FIRE and designed by a collaborative partnership comprised of RCD and CBOs across four counties. The program is an equity-based cost-share initiative that helps private landowners mitigate wildfire. This program is one example of our commitment to innovation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Adults
Families
Victims of disaster
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Families
Victims of disaster
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Families
Victims of disaster
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, we are committed to the long term disaster recovery for the north bay counties of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino. We are also determined to pay our lessons forward so no community must reinvent recovery.

Our vision is to rebuild the north bay better, safer, greener, and faster. We accomplish this mission through coordination, collaboration, and advocacy.

Our goal is to ensure rebuilders, businesses, and the pubic sector are supported through this entire long term process.

Our number one strategy is to ask, "What do you need and how can we help?" The answers are what guides our work plan.

Coordination, Collaborative and Strategic Partnerships:

Disaster recovery absolutely hinges on the ability to form partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to tackle big problems. No single sector can get as much done as when we work together. For example, when we found the funding to replace the Hopper Ave Walls for Coffey Park (a neighborhood that lost 1400 homes), we worked with the neighborhood group. The residents chose the material, design and contractor. We managed the funds; they managed the project. The rebuilders saved $650K and they got a fire rated wall surrounding their homes. Similarly, we replaced a mile of common fencing for two other neighborhoods, saving rebuilders $475K and they chose the design and materials. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity to oversee the fund and volunteers.

We coordinate and convene in order to fill gaps in communication, rebuilder needs, etc. We are the fiscal sponsor for several organizations that are helping rebuild or supporting rebuilders.

Our board of directors is comprised of the top leadership in our region from the business, nonprofit, healthcare, education, tribal, and agricultural sectors. The diversity of perspective combined with the depth of talent of our board allows us to access information and resources. We are innovative because we are a brand new model for collaborative recovery post-disaster.

We operate with a very small staff of three people, but we have networks that extend locally, regionally, and nationally. We leverage our relationships into collaborative partnerships focused on getting big projects done for our community in recovery. We believe every effort to coordinate with multiple stakeholders to achieve goals is worth the staff time required because our rebuilding community is working very hard to remain in the north bay and we must meet with energy and commitment.

We are extremely proud of the work we are doing at Rebuild NorthBay Foundation. After an unprecedented natural disaster, RBNF has stepped into a critical role to help rebuild the North Bay better, safer, greener, and faster. We believe we can leap forward as a region while addressing previous issues – including a dearth of workforce and affordable housing. We intend to be a model region for rebuilding and believe this is possible as we work in lockstep with our public officials, private sector, nonprofit community, and (most importantly) our friends and neighbors who have lost everything, but found a resilient community spirit.
Our work is driven by the central question: “What do you need and how can we help?” Everything we do is in direct response to what the community has identified as unmet needs. We do not decide the agenda of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation: we listen to the community and then we work to create the change they want to see. We are creating positive changes in the lives of our community and will continue to do so until every last family is home.
We are especially proud to have kept our promises to the community during our one year in existence.
1. Website with Resource Library was launched on October 8, 2018. The board made a significant investment because they understood that information is an incredibly vital aspect of our recovery and rebuild.
2. Advocacy: We do not set the agenda nor do we advocate on our behalf. Instead, we support our public officials and elected officials through supporting their asks. We are proud of our work here and the impact on the entire region. Advocacy is very impactful, but only uses between 2-4% of our resources.
3. Collaboration: Additionally, we worked with community groups in the Coffey Park, Larkfield and Mark West neighborhoods to replace their common perimeter fencing and walls destroyed along with more than 1500 homes. Without the collaborative efforts of the public, private and nonprofit sectors – including Rebuild NorthBay as the leading convener -- these immense unmet needs would fall on the financial backs of our most affected residents: those who have already lost everything.
4. Disaster Preparedness: We collaborated with Friedman’s Home Improvement, Kaiser, Comcast, PG&E, CalOES, FEMA, County of Sonoma, and the County of Napa to compile and distribute 5,000 GO Bags across all four counties. The bags were distributed according to the wishes of each community, from seniors to the homeless population, to fire affected neighborhood and nonprofit groups, to Latino orgs, and more.
5. Incubate Innovation: In 2019, our Board approved an allocation of $50K in 2020 to support Taking Action to Reduce Wildfire Hazards"
The Taking Action Initiative is a regional and collaborative public-private effort focused on advancing climate adaptation and forest health strategies to reduce wildfire risks and related life and property losses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rebuild NorthBay Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judy Coffey, RN

Judy Coffey

Retired, CEO Sonoma Marin Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Lisa Micheli

Pepperwood Preserve

Marko Bey

Lomakatsi Forest Restoration Project

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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