The past year has reminded us that although we may face significant challenges and tragic loss, our community is better when we join together.

As we mark one-year since the launch of the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, this Impact Report to our community outlines philanthropy’s role in addressing the crisis.

We are grateful to our founding partners, as well as the thousands of other nonprofit organizations, donors and leaders who have engaged in monumental ways to help.

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What is the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund?

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is 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.

Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised $66 million to support San Diegans in need and and granted $58 million, including 281 grants to more than 200 nonprofit partners providing our region’s most vulnerable communities with computers; internet access; childcare; food security; financial assistance; medical support; workforce training and other emergent needs.

Still, San Diego nonprofits have identified millions more in need. Please consider a donation today to support these ongoing needs in our community.

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Who hosts and administers the fund?

The fund is hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration with more than 20 regional and community leaders who serve on the fund’s Leadership Council and help determine the most pressing needs and where grant funding can be most impactful.

The Leadership Council Executive Council includes:

Mark A. Stuart, CFRE
The San Diego Foundation

Mark Cafferty
San Diego Regional EDC

Constance Carroll, Ph.D.
San Diego Community College District

P. Kay Coleman
The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors

Nathan Fletcher
District 4, San Diego County

Elvin Lai
Ocean Park Inn Hotel

Keith Maddox
San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Lidia S. Martinez
Southwest Airlines

Pedro Villegas
San Diego Gas & Electric

Click here to see the entire Leadership Council >

Who does it help?

Your donation will help San Diegans most affected by coronavirus and the local nonprofit organizations in our community working to address their needs. To date, the fund has made more than 240 grants and supported more than 200 organizations, but significant need still remains.

How are funds distributed?

Grants to nonprofits are made on a rolling basis as funding becomes available. Fundraising will continue through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, and grantmaking will adapt to emerging needs.

Since the fund’s creation, we have granted $58 million to support San Diegans in need, particularly those disproportionately affected by the global pandemic and its economic consequences.

Childcare category includes $25 million County of San Diego contract to disperse federal CARES Act funding.

How much of my donation goes toward COVID-19 Relief?

100% of your donation will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the public health and economic crisis. To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has mobilized millions from a growing list of partners and online contributors. The Fund complements the work of public health officials and expands local capacity to address the many needs created by the coronavirus crisis.

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To donate stock, real estate or other assets, please contact our Giving Team at
(619) 814-1332 or

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

Additional Contact Information

General questions & inquiries about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be directed to

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Theresa Nakata at