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March 26, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced $400,000 in rapid response grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support the immediate needs of first responders, low-income workers and other hard-hit communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Rapid response grants include $100,000 to support a collaboration between the YMCA of San Diego County Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates; $100,000 to Tri-City Hospital Foundation; $100,000 to Feeding San Diego; and $100,000 to Interfaith Community Services.

To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted more than $1.15 million to local nonprofit organizations responding to regional community needs from the coronavirus public health crisis and raised $6.5 million thanks to hundreds of individual and business contributions. Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at

The San Diego Foundation has also formed the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund Leadership Council. The Council is comprised of community experts in civic leadership, public health, grantmaking, communications and fundraising and will inform fund efforts during the coronavirus public health crisis.

“During this challenging time, San Diegans are going above and beyond to support their neighbors, uplift the needy and give to families hit hardest by COVID-19,” expressed Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Every day, we are seeing the needs of our local communities grow and we hope that the generosity of San Diegans will continue to grow with them.”

Rapid response grants include:

YMCA of San Diego County Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide childcare support and food assistance to first responders and essential employees who are critical to the workforce and safety of our region during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding will also support low-income workers who rely on subsidized care and services to stay afloat. Families seeking assistance can learn more at the YMCA website.

Tri-City Hospital Foundation ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide emergency responders and healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak with the assistance and emergency supplies needed to treat coronavirus patients.

Interfaith Community Services ($100,000)

Grant funding will help provide San Diegans feeling the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus with individualized support, including rent and utility assistance, transportation, and urgent medical and healthcare expenses.

Feeding San Diego ($100,000)

Grant funding will provide hunger relief for seniors, children and low-income families who rely on food programs to survive and cannot afford to stock up on supplies during times of emergency. To locate a food distribution center, visit the Feeding San Diego website or call 2-1-1.

The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors previously approved rapid response grants of $250,000 to United Way of San Diego County to provide safety net funding for rent, mortgage and utilities payments for low-wage individuals and families; as well as $500,000 in immediate food assistance to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. For more information about nonprofit funding and to view a list of organizations that have received grants, visit

Grantmaking from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund focuses on these critical areas: food security; other essential living expenses; emergent needs; and rent and utility payment support. The fund will also provide interest-free loans for nonprofit organizations to provide business continuity and employee stability.

The San Diego Foundation and its coalition partners are collaborating with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will complement the work of public health officials and expand nonprofit capacity as efficiently as possible. Rapid response grants to YMCA Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates complement regional support from community partners, including Jewish Family Service and San Diego for Every Child.

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.

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, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, NEWS 8 and Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

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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,