On Friday, April 18, 2014, sixteen (16) Sherpas lost their lives in the single most tragic day in Everest history. The Sherpas were struck by an avalanche while securing fixed lines through the Khumbu Icefall, located between Everest Base Camp and Everest Camp One, in attempt to secure a safe passage for the teams of climbers from around the world that would follow.
Alpine Ascents International and The American Alpine Club have established foundations working in part to benefit the families of the Sherpas who tragically lost their lives on April 18. Please join me in supporting the work of these foundations to support Sherpa families in their time of loss.
Bright Funds - 2020 Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund
The W.H.O. has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and public health emergency of international concern. Bright Funds has established The 2020 Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund, comprised of pre-vetted nonprofits based in the United States providing emergency response around the world and in the US. Through a single donation to the Fund, you can support multiple organizations' initiatives to provide short-term and long-term response and recovery. Given the ever-changing nature of this pandemic and widespread impact, the composition of the nonprofits in this Fund will evolve. Generally this fund will support healthcare, medical needs, vulnerable populations, nutrition/food support at both the local and international level.
On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California. The majority of the fires were ignited by more than 12,000 lightning strikes during a dry storm just a few days earlier. More than 1.3 million acres have burned, with many fires at 0 - 20% containment. The unprecedented scope of the disaster has destroyed thousands of buildings, forced tens of thousands of families to flee their homes, and put hundreds of thousands of people on alert to potentially evacuate. California continues to be a hotspot for COVID-19 cases, which is further complicating evacuation and relief efforts.
Bright Funds has established The 2020 California Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund to support the communities impacted by these fires. This Fund includes pre-vetted nonprofits providing emergency response in the region. Through a single donation to the Fund, you can support multiple organizations' initiatives to provide short-term and long-term response and recovery. We have initially selected organizations that are working to provide immediate relief; the composition of the nonprofits in this Fund are subject to change as we learn more about the needs on the ground.