Our Mission

To ensure that nonprofit and faith-based organizations serving San Francisco’s vulnerable populations are prepared for a disaster; to play a central role in the coordination of these organizations in their disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Our History

The idea for SF CARD was formed after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.  The importance of local nonprofit and faith-based organizations immediate response and leadership in the recovery phase of the disaster made their importance evident to local response agencies.

In 1994, SF CARD formally began its coordination initiatives to support local agencies and the vulnerable populations they serve.

For more than 22 years, SF CARD has been a leader in providing emergency management programs and services to the nonprofit sector and the faith-based community.

Today, SF CARD is one of the most respected and well-established intermediary agencies dedicated to organizational disaster resilience and an essential link to the public sector first responders.

Our Milestones

  • Worked with over 150 nonprofit/faith organizations in San Francisco, Marin, and Contra Costa Counties.
  • 1 of only 7 Organizations in the United States to be awarded a CDC Foundation Grant in 2013.
  • SF CARD staff have deployed to national disasters over the years, such as, Hurricane Gustav in 2008 & Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
  • Membership on NorCal VOAD and administer the San Francisco VOAD Program.
  • Membership on San Francisco Mayor’s Disaster Council and San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability Disaster Committee.
  • Membership on Earthquake Country Alliance and local and state Citizen Corps Councils.
  • Worked with California Volunteers on continued development of disaster resilient standards for nonprofits.
  • In 2011, Business Recovery Managers Association (BRMA) honored us with the Award for Excellence for Community Disaster Preparedness because of the multi-sector response and recovery network we have coordinated.
  • SF CARD works directly with San Francisco Department of Emergency Management to respond to local and regional disasters.

SF CARD is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization