Timely philanthropy is an important component of disaster relief, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles is prepared to support the city in times of crisis. We acted in December 2014 when an arson fire at an under-construction apartment complex spread to a nearby building where gift packages for housebound seniors served by the City’s Department of Aging were stored.
A campaign that the Fund launched right after the blaze raised $225,000 from 1,500 donors throughout the city. As a result, over 4,500 seniors served by the Department of Aging received care packages for the holidays. In the case of future disasters, the Fund will coordinate with the City to pinpoint areas of need and direct philanthropic resources accordingly.