Photo Credit: Northern California Grantmakers

The CACMStrong Foundation was launched in 2019 by California Association of Community Managers (CACM) CEO Tom Freeley, CAMEx, CCAM, in response to the needs of our members and their clients in the aftermath of the devastating fires that raged throughout California in 2018.

The state has long had a history of fire disasters, but the 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive on record in California. Entire neighborhoods and cities demolished into ashes.

Dozens of community managers were personally affected, losing their belongings and their homes. Many community managers also saw tremendous devastation to homeowner and to communities they serve.


The CACMStrong Foundation was created as a way to give back and support our community; to provide relief to CACM members, and their families, and the clients they serve; and to help those affected by extenuating circumstances, whether that’s natural disasters or other difficult challenges.

CACMStrong Foundation is funded by tax-deductible donations from CACM members and concerned organizations and individuals. We administer resources based on need and the request for assistance. Our relief efforts are aimed at California residents and businesses.

The CACMStrong Foundation is a Donor Advised Fund under OneOC tax ID #95-2021700. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The Foundation is an entirely separate legal entity from the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

1. How do I submit a request for assistance and what information/documentation is required?

Fill out the Relief Request Form here along with supporting documents. You will be notified within 48 business hours that we have received your request. Although CACMStrong Foundation will investigate every request, please understand that it is impossible to grant all requests. Final financial aid decisions are at the discretion of the CACMStrong Foundation Advisory Committee.

2. How do requests get processed and how will I know if mine has been approved?

The request is reviewed by the Advisory Committee, which determines how grant money will be distributed and to which group or individual. The process can take up to 10 business days, and you will be notified promptly on whether or not your request was approved.

3. Do I get a receipt from a tax-deductible donation to the CACMStrong Foundation?

If your donation is under $250, your check or PayPal receipt can be used as proof of donation. If you donate $250 or more, you will receive a donation letter you can keep for your records. The CACMStrong Foundation will not provide individual tax forms or invoices at year end. It is up to those who donate to track their donations.

4. Where do I mail in payment to if I don’t want to donate online?

Make check payable to and sent to:

CACMStrong Foundation
23461 South Pointe Dr. Suite 200
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

5. What kind of situation qualifies for assistance?

The CACMStrong Foundation cannot provide relief money to individuals unless it’s a state or federally qualified disaster.