For Immediate Release

  • Grantmaking totals more than $12.3 million to over 130 local nonprofit organizations
  • Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program now accepting applications at

June 10, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $1.2 million to 20 nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

The latest round of rapid response grants will provide critical resources to San Diego communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including healthcare and technology for tribal communities, shelter for homeless residents and financial assistance for families and individuals experiencing job loss.

“Our work during the pandemic crisis has been daunting and eye-opening,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The pandemic has not affected all of us evenly and as we begin to recover together, it’s important that we focus on those longstanding inequities in order to build a healthier and safer future for all San Diegans.”

In addition, partners announced that the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is accepting applications at The program is designed to provide low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. SBNLP is made possible through a partnership between The San Diego Foundation, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Mission Driven Finance, Accion, the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, and the California Southern Small Business Development Corporation.

To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $16.7 million in donations through more than 3,200 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds.

The latest round of rapid response grants includes:

YWCA of San Diego County – $150,000    

To provide resources and critical support for young mothers and children experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence

Free to Thrive – $100,000    

To provide legal and financial assistance to survivors of human trafficking

Habitat for Humanity – $100,000    

To provide resources and housing stability to San Diegans experiencing income loss

MANA de San Diego – $100,000     

To provide basic needs and education resources to high school students and their families

North County Health Project Inc. – $100,000        

To provide COVID-19 testing and health screening, especially for uninsured San Diegans

Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association – $100,000

To provide technology and resources critical for schoolwork, healthcare and employment

Voices for Children – $100,000       

To provide virtual recruitment and training for new CASA volunteers, and continued service to children and caregivers sheltering in place

San Diego American Indian Health Center – $75,000      

To provide telehealth services and critical supplies to individuals and families

Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation – $50,000

To provide emergency support to low-wage individuals and families from tribal communities who are experiencing financial distress, as well as technology for students

Kumeyaay Community College – $50,000

To provide technology, online cultural education and assistance with college readiness

Vista Community Clinic – $50,000

To provide for basic needs and emergency assistance for San Diegans in need

Crisis House – $35,000        

To provide shelter and resources to prevent homelessness and support family stabilization

Indian Health Council – $30,000

To provide safety equipment and hygiene supplies for tribal members in rural San Diego County

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos – $25,000       

To provide technology, virtual programming and food security to children and families

Emilio Nares Foundation – $25,000           

To provide COVID-19 compliant transportation to healthcare for immune-compromised children

Karen Organization – $25,000         

To provide critical services and resources to immigrants and refugees

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Centers of San Diego County – $25,000           

To support COVID-19 compliance of childcare services for children of first responders and medical personnel

National University – $25,000         

To provide online learning programs for high school and college students

Center for Employment Opportunities – $25,000

To provide food assistance and gift cards to formerly incarcerated San Diegans

No Silence No Violence – $20,000

To provide support for women living under the threat of domestic violence

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at

The San Diego Foundation is part of a national movement of more than 400 community foundations that have mobilized over $750 million to aid in the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis through response funds. Individual donations are bolstered by San Diego corporations and numerous donor-advised funds at The San Diego Foundation that have contributed to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.


About the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation was 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. Grants focus on food security; other essential living expenses; emergent needs such as closing the digital divide; and rent and utility payment support. Thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations have contributed to the Fund, and 100 percent of donations are provided to nonprofits. Learn more at

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve quality of life in our region. For more than 45 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to support nonprofit organizations and strengthen our San Diego community. Learn more at and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping nonprofits and San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,