San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis together with The San Diego Foundation announced today a new fund that will support various crime prevention programs across San Diego County. The San Diego County Safe Communities Fund will support community partners in an effort to prevent crime through a variety of programs. Potential beneficiaries of the fund include non-profit organizations that assist prisoner re-entry, the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, domestic violence and human trafficking victims, as well as addiction and neighborhood safety programs.
“Feeling safe in your home, at work and at school is a critical component of a good quality of life,” DA Dumanis said. “While the core mission of the District Attorney’s Office is criminal prosecution, crime prevention is also an important part of what we do. As the name implies, this fund will help keep neighborhoods safer across the county.”
The Safe Communities Fund will support the work of the DA’s Office in prosecuting criminals through the investment in public safety initiatives. The DA’s Office has a track record of supporting the community through a variety of efforts. Examples include donating duffle bags with essentials to foster youth, providing supplies and equipment for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, supporting a program that steers youth away from graffiti tagging and toward art, and conducting workshops for at-risk veterans to help them transition into civilian life.
The Safe Communities Fund will operate under the umbrella of The San Diego Foundation. An advisory committee will disperse the monies to non-profit organizations in the county. All donations are tax deductible.
“We commend San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for her visionary prevention approach to keeping our neighborhoods safe and improving the quality of life for residents across the San Diego region,” said The San Diego Foundation President Kathlyn Mead. “Through the power of collective giving, philanthropy can play a critical role in addressing our region’s challenges with innovative partnerships like the San Diego County Safe Communities Fund.”
Donations are now being accepted.
“Anyone looking for a great way to give back to the community this holiday season and support public safety should consider donating to the San Diego County Safe Communities Fund,” DA Dumanis said.
To donate online, go to www.KeepSanDiegoSafe.org.
About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the community (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation promotes and increases effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a more vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $643 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $945 million to the region’s nonprofit community.
Steve Walker, San Diego County District Attorney, (619) 531-3890
Tanya Sierra, San Diego County District Attorney, (619) 531-3315
En Español – Barbara Medina, San Diego County District Attorney, (619) 531-3305