Total increases from $1.3 million to $2.3 million in 24 hours

NEWS 8, Alliance Healthcare Foundation and others join growing list of partners

March 17, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation announced today that the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised $2.3 million in donations as more partners join in support, including NEWS 8 and Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, created in collaboration with a coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners, will rapidly deploy flexible resources to support programs and organizations addressing the effects of the coronavirus outbreak across San Diego County, particularly for communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important we come together as one community to help each other,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The outpouring of support we are receiving from partners and donors, large and small, is a positive sign of hope. Every donation is being used to support nonprofit organizations providing vital services and resources to San Diegans most impacted by the coronavirus.”

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

As the official media partner for the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, NEWS 8 will share important information about the fund and its impact. NEWS 8 parent company, TENGA Foundation, also donated $30,000 to the fund to support San Diegans in need.

“San Diegans care about one another, especially in times of need,” said Alberto Mier y Teran, President and General Manager, KFMB Stations. “NEWS 8 is proud to support the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help our most vulnerable neighbors impacted by this ongoing health crisis.”

Alliance Healthcare Foundation announced a $400,000 donation, which includes a $200,000 matching component to inspire additional giving. A portion of the donation will be used to support nonprofits that are experiencing gaps in contract funding, delayed fundraisers and other challenges.

“We deeply appreciate the leadership of The San Diego Foundation, San Diego County leadership, the business community and other funders who are taking immediate actions to make responsive funding available to those in need,” shared Sarah Lyman, Executive Director of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. “We stand strong with all our community partners and will continue to proactively work to do our part in keeping our community safe and well.”

Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security; rental and utility assistance; and income replacement or gap funding. A new category of assistance has also been added: no-interest loans for nonprofit organizations to provide business and community service continuity.

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation was created in partnership with San Diego County Supervisor and Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Subcommittee Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Way of San Diego County and San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council.

One hundred percent of donations to the San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund will be provided to nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the coronavirus. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak and its recovery phases.



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About Alliance Healthcare Foundation

We work to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties through collaborative funding, convening and advocacy. We believe wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, economic and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Society, community, neighborhood and family are collectively responsible for creating an environment of health and wellness. Wellness is personal and is not the same for everyone. Learn more at

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.


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