Our corner of the country is on fire

We are all deeply saddened by the damaging wildfires in central Washington and Oregon. Residents of Pateros, WA have lost more than 150 homes to the fires. Now they are dealing with flash floods as well.

This Northwest community needs our help. Please consider contributing to this relief fund set up by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Those who live and work near Pateros have been hardest hit by this devastation. And these fires, among the largest ever in our region, will hurt the local economy and affect the tens of thousands who enjoy visiting these beautiful areas throughout the year. Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, rangeland, watershed and wildlife habitat have been blackened by the fires in Oregon and Washington this month alone.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington established a Fire Relief Fund to support families and individuals in this region. They're working with other funders and nonprofit partners to coordinate an effort that best helps the victims of the fires. The NCW Fire Relief Fund's focus will be helping families and individuals with long-term recovery efforts that will help them rebuild their lives and get them back on their feet.

Persistent drought conditions have made wildfires a year-round threat in much of California and the Southwest as well. Unfortunately, we can expect that such threats will only grow in the years to come. As President Obama commented yesterday while signing an emergency declaration, "a lot of [increased risk] has to do with changing precipitation patterns, and a lot of that has to do with climate change."

Climate Solutions is working every day with many others for solutions to the climate crisis.  But most immediately, our focus belongs on helping our Northwest neighbors restore their homes and community. Please click here to contribute to wildfire relief in the Pateros area.​


Author Bio

Savitha Reddy Pathi

Deputy Director, Climate Solutions

Savitha has been Deputy Director of Climate Solutions since June 2019, previously serving as Development Director since January 2010. To her, climate change is the biggest social justice issue of our lifetime and she has been working on the issue since 1997, when she interned at the US EPA's Policy office during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations. 

Savitha is responsible for organizational effectiveness and also oversees the organization's development, cultivation and fundraising efforts, managing the team that raises funds from individuals, foundations and corporate supporters. Savitha helped form Climate Solutions Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group and is a graduate of the Center for Diversity & the Environment’s Environment 2042 Leadership Program. She continues her activism through her volunteer service on the Board of Trustees for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, on the inaugural Advisory Council of the University of Washington’s EarthLab and on the Steering Committee for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. Her Board service ended in 2017 for Mize Family Foundation, whose grantmaking focuses on climate justice. In 2018 she served on the fundraising team for the Yes on 1631 campaign, helping raise over $15M to take on Big Oil.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Savitha worked at Seattle Foundation where she served as philanthropic advisor to over 100 donor advised funds and the Environmental grant making lead; the Collins Group (now Campbell & Company) providing fundraising counsel for feasibility studies and capital campaigns; and at the Women's Funding Alliance in a fundraising and grantmaking role. In Washington DC, Savitha worked for the US EPA and Environmental Media Services (now Resource Media).

Savitha received a BA with Honors in Government and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. During her tenure at Climate Solutions, Savitha has been recognized with the 40 Under 40 award from the Puget Sound Business Journal and the Eco Women Making a Difference award from Women of Color Empowered & The Northwest Asian Weekly, and was awarded a Brainerd Foundation Fellowship to Social Venture Partners. She has lived in Seattle since 2000, and is a proud auntie. 

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