San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

raised to support San Diegans in need
granted to nonprofits
individuals, businesses & foundations donated

Long has there been systemic inequity in education; this has only been compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. The educational divide widens the economic gap for local communities hit hard by the pandemic. Your donation can help change that and create a more equitable future for our children.

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Your donation will help:

  • Close the digital divide by providing computers and internet access to students
  • Mitigate learning loss due to COVID-19
  • Increase access to education and childcare for families, including essential workers
  • Respond to emergent community needs

Why Give to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund?

Now, more than ever, equity is paramount to making every community thrive; and we have an opportunity to bridge economic, educational and racial gaps in new, impactful and meaningful ways.

When we come together, we can make this circumstance better. We can help our students, our teachers, our family of San Diego. Together, we can lift one another up in time of need.

San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Helping Parents Become More Engaged in Their Child’s Education

Southwestern College Building A Stronger, More Equitable Economy

Coming to the Aid of Those Who Need and Work in Child Care

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“Our families are in limbo. They are not used to the technology, let alone how to teach from home. A lot of them don’t have an internet connection and have little to no digital literacy.”

Patricia Chavez
Director of Policy
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

“We recognize that access to technology is a critical component in supporting distance learning for our students and appreciate the support from The San Diego Foundation.”

Dr. Patrick Gittisriboongul
Chief Innovation Officer
San Diego County Office of Education

“In today’s day and age, having access to the internet should be seen the same as having access to electricity or water. It’s a basic utility. It’s a very powerful one.”

Dr. Paul Gothold
Superintendent of Schools
San Diego County

“Donations like these are having a huge impact on our students, but just as important, donations like these are having a huge impact on our region.”

Patricia Bartow
Director of Operations
Higher Education Center, San Ysidro

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Donate by Mail

To make a donation by check, please make check payable to The San Diego Foundation. Memo should include grant purpose: to support fund #8710 – COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Mailing address:
The San Diego Foundation
Attn: Donations
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106

Are you an individual, company or foundation interested in making a large gift to the Fund?
Please contact Vice President of Development & Stewardship Brian Zumbano at

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation and created in partnership with San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Way of San Diego County, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, NEWS 8 and Alliance Healthcare Foundation to receive donations and make rolling rapid response grants to nonprofit organizations supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences. Thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations have contributed to the Fund, and 100 percent of donations are provided to nonprofits.