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

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

But together, we can get better.

Who hosts and administers the fund?

It is hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration with County Board of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 subcommittee, and seeded with $1.25 million from The San Diego Foundation and $1 million from San Diego Gas & Electric

  • $27.6M raised to support San Diegans in need
  • $26.5M granted to nonprofits
  • 3,350 individuals, businesses and foundations donated

Who does it help?

Through food security, financial assistance, emergency supplies and more, your donation will help the people and organizations in our community most affected by coronavirus

The Foundation receives donations and makes emergency grants and low-to-no interest loans to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines.

These workers provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance, such as…

  • Food security
  • Other essential living expenses
  • Emergent needs
  • Rent and utility payment support

Meal Delivery for Children

Supporting Seniors

Providing Technology to Students

Providing Food Assistance

How are funds distributed?

Grants to nonprofits are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.

In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we have established a streamlined grant application process and are accepting applications here.

Low-to-no-interest loans are available to San Diego nonprofit organizations through the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP). Inquire here.

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

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.

100% of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the public health crisis.

Supported by trusted leaders in the San Diego community.

Thank you to our partners who have come together to support our regional community during this critical time of need.

Business: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Qualcomm Foundation, Illumina Foundation, Genentech, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Lundbeck U.S. Charitable Fund, Wells Fargo, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Government: San Diego County Supervisor and Co-Chair of the County COVID-19 Subcommittee Nathan Fletcher

Philanthropy: The Hervey Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, The Olson Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Halicioglu Family Foundation, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, David C. Copley Foundation, David and Lesley Cohn, The California Endowment, Diane Johnson Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation, BQuest Foundation, M. House Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Colonel Frank C. Wood Memorial Fund at The San Diego Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, United Way of San Diego County, The Garbaczewski Family

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Ways to Donate

Donate Online

Fill out the form on this page.

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

Donate Assets

To donate stock, real estate or other assets, or for questions, please contact our Giving Team at619-814-1332 or stewardship@sdfoundation.org.

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 brianz@sdfoundation.org.

Additional Contact Information

General questions & inquiries about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be directed to info@sdfoundation.org.

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Justin Nunez at justin@sdfoundation.org.

Make a Donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund