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Shorter showers, browner lawns – that’s how most of us think about the drought. Many nonprofit organizations such as California ReLeaf and the Sierra Club have been working specifically on drought issues. But now the Fresno Regional Foundation relates a grimmer picture for nonprofits and the people they serve.

Their report  “Beyond Almonds and Blond Lawns: Investing in Nonprofit Organizations to Sustain Central Valley Communities Beyond the Drought,” highlights the challenges of organizations working on the frontlines to help families meet basic needs such as food, housing and drinking water as the drought deepens.

The investigation found that 95% of survey respondents rated the impact of the drought as moderate or severe on both their clients and on their organizations.  But instead of increased philanthropic help, one nonprofit explained,  “The drought is beginning to affect our organization’s revenues. We receive a lot of revenue from growers and other agriculture-related local businesses.”

The report isn’t all gloom and doom, though, and hopes to set the stage for action. As aptly stated by Andrew Souza of the Fresno Community Food Bank: “The drought provides a big opportunity to build capacity across organizations and increase collective impact.”

You can read the report here: Fresno Regional Foundation Drought Report 

Is the drought impacting your organization?  We’d like to hear about the effects on your organization and your communities, and what you think California should be doing in response to what is almost certainly just the beginning of an ongoing crisis.

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