COVID-19 Community Response Fund Surpasses $11 Million in Grants to Nonprofits

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

For Immediate Release

Round 10 of grantmaking totals more than $1.1 million to 17 nonprofit organizations

May 20, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted $11.1 million to more than 100 local nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

The latest round of rapid response grants, totaling more than $1.1 million, will assist San Diegans impacted by the pandemic by providing health services to youth and families experiencing trauma, equipment to first responders and frontline workers, and safe housing for low-income families and individuals.

“We are at the beginning of what will be a long process of recovery in our region,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Since launching the COVID-19 Community Response Fund two months ago, we have witnessed incredible acts of generosity and it will continue to take an unprecedented philanthropic response to help all the San Diegans in need over the coming months and years.”

To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $14.5 million in donations through more than 3,050 individuals, businesses, foundations and donor-advised funds.

Since March, donor-advised fundholders at The San Diego Foundation have granted an additional $15 million to the nonprofit community, a 100 percent increase compared with the same period one year ago.

The latest round of rapid response grants includes:

San Diego Regional Fire Foundation – $225,000

To provide safety and personal protective equipment for fire personnel serving rural, low-income and underserved communities.

College Futures Foundation – $200,000

To provide emergency assistance for undocumented students and former foster youth.

Elizabeth Hospice – $176,515

To provide critical care and health services to San Diegans in need, including pediatric patients.

Family Health Centers of San Diego – $100,000

To provide financial assistance to healthcare workers on the frontlines and experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19.

Parent Institute for Quality Education – $100,000

To provide multi-lingual, digital education resources for children and families.

San Ysidro Health Center – $100,000

To provide bilingual telemedicine services, personal protective equipment, food security and other resources to families, children and seniors.

Mid-City CAN (via Mission Edge) – $75,000

To protect the health and safety of public transportation workers and riders.

Crossroads Foundation – $50,000

To provide safety equipment and critical resources to protect women suffering from addiction.

Building Skills Partnership – $25,000

To provide financial assistance, employment support and job training for janitorial staff and other service workers.

Foundation for Women Warriors – $25,000

To provide stable housing and childcare for female veterans and their children.

Los Angelitos de Encinitas – $25,000

To provide food security to low-income families and children.

Center on Policy Initiatives – $20,000

To provide technical support and flexible resources to community organizations impacted by COVID-19.

Big Sister League of San Diego – $15,000

To provide food security, safe housing and trauma-informed care for women in residential programs.

Camp Laurel – $10,000

To provide mental health services for children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as transgender and gender-diverse youth.

GenerateHope – $10,000

To provide food security, healthcare and other emergency services for female survivors of sex trafficking.

Alabaster Jar Project – $5,000

To provide basic needs and support services to survivors of human trafficking.

Amigas Punto Com – $5,000

To provide critical resources and support for Hispanic women, youth and families overcoming domestic violence.

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at SDFoundation.org/COVID19 where nonprofit organizations can also find information about how to request grant funding or more information about the interest-free loan program.

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.

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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 SDFoundation.org/COVID19.

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 SDFoundation.org and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, helping nonprofits and San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact

Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056, justin@sdfoundation.org