May 20, 2024 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation (SDF) announced today that it has distributed a report detailing the impact of the San Diego Flood Response Fund that raised and granted $1.4 million for nonprofits serving flood survivors in the month following a 1,000-year storm and flooding on Jan. 22.

“Together, more than 1,000 San Diegans quickly stepped up to support our neighbors in need through the San Diego Flood Response Fund,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO, SDF. “This is the power of the community coming together. There is much work to be done as we move toward recovery, and San Diego Foundation is here to support our region and its needs.”

More than 1,000 donors, including dozens of SDF fundholders, supported the SDF San Diego Flood Response Fund. Thanks to their generosity, SDF awarded 43 grants to 36 nonprofit partners that have provided more than 16,000 services to date to local flood survivors. These services included temporary housing, food security and basic needs, translation services and case management support, and home repair and mitigation. To read the report, visit

“When the devastating floods happened, it was an important moment for all of us to gather and support our communities as one,” said Pamela Gray Payton, SDF VP, Chief Impact & Partnerships Officer. “SDF is here to help facilitate fundraising and depends on the nonprofit partners that are on the ground gaining the trust and supporting the community when they need it most.”

In addition to San Diego Foundation’s $300,000 commitment to the San Diego Flood Response Fund, major funders include Price Philanthropies ($100,000), League of California Community Foundations Disaster Relief, Recovery & Resilience Fund ($100,000), The Conrad Prebys Foundation ($50,000), PNC Foundation ($50,000), Eugene M. and Joan F. Foster Family Charitable Fund at SDF ($50,000), California Health Care Foundation (Oakland, Calif.; $30,000), San Diego Padres Foundation ($25,000), San Diego Gas & Electric ($25,000), David C. Copley Foundation ($25,000), Verizon ($25,000), U.S. Bank ($25,000), Blue Shield of California ($25,000), The James Silberrad Brown Foundation at SDF ($25,000) and the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego ($25,000).

While many local nonprofit partners continue to support flood survivors, SDF has awarded a $200,000 grant to United Way of San Diego County to provide expanded learning services, such as after-school and summer programming, to students affected by the floods in southeastern San Diego.

United Way will prioritize services for the more than 250 K – 12 students and their families impacted by the January 2024 floods. The program will serve 30 – 40 students and their families at a time at Lincoln High School and the Jackie Robinson YMCA, both located in southeastern San Diego. Nonprofit partners will deliver diverse and extraordinary programs focused on math, literacy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), social-emotional learning, and career exposure and development.

About the San Diego Flood Response Fund

The San Diego Flood Response Fund received donations and made emergency grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in disaster relief and response to the unprecedented flooding that occurred on January 22 in San Diego County. One hundred percent of donations to the fund went to nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the flood. The San Diego Flood Response Fund did not grant directly to individuals or families, but to the nonprofit organizations that serve them. Learn more at

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. Crisis philanthropy quickly mobilizes local leaders, donors and partners to provide critical services and assistance when San Diegans are in need. For more than 49 years, SDF and its donors have granted $1.8 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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