COVID-19 Community Response Fund Grants Additional $1.8 Million to Help San Diegans in Need

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

For Immediate Release

Latest grantmaking round made possible thanks to dozens of contributions, including an $8 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

December 17, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $1.8 million to nonprofit organizations helping San Diegans in need.

The latest round of grantmaking is made possible thanks to dozens of individual and business contributions, including an $8 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, author and Giving Pledge participant.

The 34 nonprofit grant recipients are delivering much-needed food security, financial assistance, learning loss support and other basic needs to local communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In total, the fund has granted $54.7 million to over 200 nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

“The holiday season is about hope and generosity,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The transformational gift from MacKenzie Scott and generosity from other charitable San Diegans provides a critical lifeline to nonprofit organizations helping San Diegans in need right now.”

MacKenzie Scott considered more than 6,400 nonprofits nationwide for funding. The 384 – or 6% — that received her support were selected through a rigorous, data-driven approach that valued strong leadership teams, results, and high potential for impact.

Since March 16, The San Diego Foundation has raised more than $64 million for the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund through 3,500 individuals, businesses, foundations, government funding and donor-advised funds.

The latest round of rapid response grants includes:

San Diego County Office of Education – $1,000,000      

To provide thousands of students and their families internet connectivity and technology required for distance learning

Feeding San Diego – $50,000

To increase the number of San Diegans receiving food assistance during the pandemic

North County Lifeline – $50,000        

To provide support and resources to children impacted by the health and economic crisis

San Diego LGBTQ Community Center – $50,000

To provide virtual crisis counseling, support and other essential services such as food, housing and healthcare to the LGBTQ community

University of San Diego Nonprofit Institute – $50,000   

To evaluate the impact of local crisis philanthropy efforts to help inform future grantmaking efforts

Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation – $50,000

To provide children in need with one-on-one homework tutoring and support English-Language Learner parents

Urban Life Ministries, Inc. – $41,000           

To deliver nutritious meals, enhance existing after-school college-prep program and provide academic tutoring to prevent learning loss

Just in Time for Foster Youth – $40,426

To assist transition-age foster youth with stable housing, education support, financial assistance and other critical services that will help them remain independent

California State University, San Marcos – $40,000          

To support the Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities initiative

Concerned Parents Alliance, Inc. – $35,000          

To provide college-bound students with the resources and support they need to continue their academic journey

Community Through Hope – $32,000          

To provide food security and other critical resources to seniors who have difficulty obtaining food and items from local pantries

Lincoln High School – $30,000

To further bridge the digital divide and provide high speed internet access for students at Lincoln High School

Paving Great Futures – $30,000

To provide food and basic resources to San Diegans in need, while also supporting other organizations with transportation of essential products

Alzheimer’s San Diego – $25,000     

To provide dementia-specific services with experts, including education, support groups and virtual social activities

Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition – $25,000        

To remove victims of human trafficking from dangerous environments and provide them with emergency housing, medical care, food, education and a pathway forward

Center for Community Solutions – $25,000

To provide shelter and other essential services to survivors of relationship and sexual violence

San Diego Canyonlands – $25,000  

To provide City Heights and Southeast San Diego students with STEAM education lessons during the pandemic

Fallbrook Senior Citizens Service Club – $21,000           

To provide meals for seniors living in poverty in the Fallbrook community

Elder Law & Advocacy – $20,000     

To protect the health and well-being of long-term care residents with advocacy, public awareness and education

Girls Rising – $20,000  

To provide young girls with mentorship and other support critical to their development

HealthRIGHT 360 – $20,000

To provide personal protective equipment and meal prep services, as well as telehealth support and COVID-19 testing at congregate living sites

La Colonia de Eden Gardens – $20,000      

To develop a community of parents dedicated to their children’s education and confident in navigating the current landscape by offering culturally competent native language education and resources

No Silence No Violence – $20,000

To provide rent and financial assistance to women living in abusive situations who have lost a job due to COVID-19 and need a safe place to live

transcenDANCE – $20,000

To provide youth with artistic education, as well as social and emotional resilience support during the pandemic

Youth Will (via RISE Urban Leadership Institute of San Diego) – $20,000   

To provide capacity building and technical assistance resources

Educational Enrichment Systems – $17,291

To support distance learning programs and provide learning supplies for students and teachers

Boys & Girls Club of Vista – $15,000           

To expand access to academic support for students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

Ramona Senior Center (via Pacific Educational Facilities) – $15,000            

To provide homebound seniors with weekly nutritious meals, toiletries and visits

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – $15,000

To provide virtual workshops, as well as art and STEM activity kits for children in preschool through grade three

San Diego Young Artists Music Academy – $15,000      

To offer music-focused distance learning programs that help students struggling with depression and social isolation

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – $11,000            

To support Fleet Distance Learning Hubs and give youth more access to digital learning opportunities

Christie’s Place – $10,000

To provide telehealth services, food security and other critical resources to children and families living with HIV and AIDS

Timken Museum of Art – $7,000

To provide educational programming for marginalized teenagers who are incarcerated at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall

Fulfilling Destiny – $5,000

To provide health supplies and critical support services to homeless and low-income women

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 600 community foundations that have mobilized more than $1 billion 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.

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. 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 $1.3 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. The Foundation also provides helpful COVID-19 resources to support nonprofit organizations through this public health and economic crisis.


Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation,