The unimaginable devastation caused by natural disasters occurs all too frequently throughout the world. The impact of hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, fires, and earthquakes to communities is often catastrophic and can linger for a long period of time. Immediate short-term emergency needs must be met and among the first responders providing disaster relief are nonprofit agencies equipped to support individuals and families.
For the past twenty years, the Pacific Life Foundation has supported the national American Red Cross with nearly $1,700,000 in funding for their disaster relief services, providing support for the victims of Hurricane Andrew, 9/11, the Southern California Wildfires, Hurricane Katrina, the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, Superstorm Sandy, and the recent Oklahoma Tornados. The Foundation also matched the contributions made by employees of Pacific Life and its subsidiaries to the American Red Cross and other disaster relief nonprofit agencies.
In addition, the Pacific Life Foundation has supported its local American Red Cross Chapter in Orange County, California with grants totaling more than $300,000 funding equipment modernization and local disaster relief services.
In 2005, a $1,000,000 grant was given to UNICEF to aid the survivors of the South Asia Tsunami. At the time, this contribution was the largest single grant ever made in the Pacific Life Foundation's history.