Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SCFSC and partner with us to keep Santa Clara County “Fire Safe!”
The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council is supported by a federal grant for 2016 from the USDA Forest Service through the California Fire Safe Council, and agreements with local cities and fire districts for defensible space fuel reduction programs in communities at risk from wildfires in Santa Clara County. Federal grants are not guaranteed for future years and we must continue to raise local grants and donations to build a truly sustainable organization and maintain the momentum we have gained over the last several years.
Our programs and projects are focused on protecting the 14 designated "Communities at Risk" for wildfire in Santa Clara County: Cupertino, East Foothills, Gilroy, Lexington Hills, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Martin, Saratoga and Stanford. These communities are at risk of wildfires because they have expansive accumulations of fire prone vegetation mixed with residential structures and businesses in the "Wildland Urban Interface" zone.
In 2015, our defensible space fuel reduction programs helped protect an estimated 10,200 homes, 30,200 people, and over $10 Billion in property values. In addition to our chipping programs, we completed six subsidized projects where we do the clearing as well as chipping for qualified seniors, low income and disabled residents. We also completed eleven fuel break and evacuation route projects in fire prone areas of the Santa Clara County and adjacent counties.
Your tax-deductible donation will help us serve low-income, elderly, and disabled residents in your community!
Many residents of the mountains and foothills of Santa Clara County acquired their homes years ago when there was less overall vegetation and we didn't have either Sudden Oak Death killing our oaks, or bark beetles killing our pines and firs. For some long-time residents who have aged with our landscape, clearing brush and dead trees themselves may no longer be an option, and for retirees on fixed incomes the costs of hiring professionals to remove dead trees and drought stressed shrubs can be simply impossible to cover, sometimes more than half a year's income.
We use donations from community supporters such as individual residents, mountain-based businesses, homeowner associations, civic groups and others to support our subsidized hazardous fuel reduction program. Please consider helping your neighbors keep their properties cleared of dead trees and overgrown vegetation by giving a tax-deductible contribution to our programs.
Please consider donating at a scale that fits your heart and your charitable giving goals.
The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council is a non-profit organization which relies completely on donations and grants to further our mission to keep Santa Clara County residents, property and wildlands safe from the devastating effects of wildfire. Our IRS FEIN is 56-2368255 and our IRS name is Santa Clara Fire Safe Council Inc.
All donations, large or small, are gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated.
Prefer to make a donation by mail? Please mail your check payable to: Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, 2053 Lincoln Ave., Suite B, San Jose, CA 95125.
We appreciate your donation to the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council!