The Central Sierra Resiliency Council (Resiliency Fund) proudly partners with Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company (Tioga-Sequoia) to revitalize and restore communities and the more than 379,000 acres of Central Sierra Nevada forest devastated by the Creek Fire, California’s largest single wildfire in recorded history, currently at 70% containment. The first of many planned giving efforts, Tioga-Sequoia championed the Resiliency Fund’s selection as a nonprofit partner of the global “1% for the Planet” network. Tioga-Sequoia additionally pledged to direct their 1% of annual sales membership to benefit the Resiliency Fund for the next five years; which is anticipated to be more than $20,000 in its first year, plus outreach and volunteerism efforts.
By becoming a “1% for the Planet” nonprofit partner, the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund greatly expands its funding opportunities through eligible donations from an alliance of over 4,000 business and individual member companies, like Tioga-Sequoia, that annually give back at least 1% of their sales to a worldwide network of nonprofits focused on maintaining a healthy planet. To date, the “1% for the Planet” network has contributed more than $265 million to partner nonprofits since 2002.
“Our brewery was founded on our passion for the craft that goes beyond beer to connect our community with our surroundings,” said Michael Cruz, President, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company. “After witnessing the devastation of the Creek Fire in our own backyard forest, we were compelled to help in the short term with humanitarian relief and in the long-term to assist restoring the communities and wilderness damaged by the Creek Fire. We are excited to partner with the amazing group of volunteers behind the Resiliency Fund, and begin to put our ‘1% for the Planet’ commitment to work while creating more opportunities for the future.”
The Central Sierra Resiliency Fund is a restricted fund held with the Central Sierra Historical Society 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to stewarding financial resources to support the revitalization of the forests and communities surrounding Shaver Lake through land restoration, local stewardship, and economic efforts that honor the historical legacy of the Central Sierra region in the wake of the devastating Creek Fire. The Resiliency Fund team is currently focused on expanding community education for those affected by the Creek Fire through in-person workshops with subject experts and online resources, getting people connected with the right programs to begin to move forward. The team has also launched volunteer training efforts for soil stabilization and plan to assist with community risk mitigation efforts on priority lands altered by the Creek Fire to protect drainages, roadways and communities.
“We are grateful to forge a partnership with Tioga-Sequoia’s passion to help with our long-term recovery efforts,” said John Mount, Central Sierra Historical Society and Museum, Inc. Board of Director, Resiliency Fund Council member and Registered Professional Forester. “The inclusion of the Resiliency Fund in the ‘1% for the Planet’ network will empower our local forest and community to heal from the devastation left by the Creek Fire and begin to provide the long-term financial resources that will be needed to rebuild, restore and regenerate to ensure a thriving community living within healthy forests for generations to come.”