February 6, 2024 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Flood Response Fund at San Diego Foundation (SDF) has raised $832,000 in donations, including a $100,000 earned match approved by the SDF Board of Governors.

With significant unmet need in the hard hit, underserved communities impacted, on February 1, the SDF Board of Governors approved a new $1-for-$2 match, up to $500,000.

“For every $2 raised, San Diego Foundation will match it with $1, increasing our commitment to a potential $600,000 and creating the opportunity to raise at least $1.5 million to support nonprofits aiding survivors of the January 22 flood,” said Mark Stuart, President and CEO of SDF. “The generosity of San Diegans throughout the county is aiding in the recovery of those impacted by helping to provide shelter, clothing and hot meals to families whose lives have been up-ended by flooding. We are grateful for every contribution.”

A new $190,000 grant was approved by the SDF Board of Governors this week for YMCA of San Diego County to provide housing vouchers to more than 400 local adults and children displaced by the flood. In total, $305,000 in grants have been made to date.

Grant funding from the San Diego Flood Response Fund focuses on these critical areas:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Other Basic Needs

Nonprofits that have an immediate ability to support those impacted by the recent flooding and demonstrate existing trust-based relationships within the communities served, or a proven ability to provide emergency assistance, are encouraged to apply for funds and can review grant guidelines and access the grant application at SDFoundation.org/floodresponse.

Funds are released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues.

More than 874 donations from individuals, businesses and SDF fundholders have fueled the fund and its impact. New major donations include:

  • $100,000 from the Disaster Relief, Recovery & Resilience Fund at the League of California Community Foundations
  • $50,000 from PNC Foundation
  • $25,000 from the Copley Foundation
  • $25,000 from Verizon
  • $25,000 from U.S. Bank
  • $25,000 from The James Silberrad Brown Foundation @ SDF

“PNC Bank is proud to call San Diego home,” said Alan Prohaska, PNC Regional president for Greater San Diego. “Understanding the importance and need for rapidly deploying financial resources to aid our community in the ongoing recovery process, PNC is proud to contribute $50,000 to the San Diego Flood Response Fund. We hope that our support encourages others to join us in aiding and advocating for those who have been significantly impacted by this unprecedented disaster.”

About the San Diego Flood Response Fund

The San Diego Flood Response Fund receives donations and makes emergency grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in disaster relief and response to the unprecedented flooding that occurred on January 22 in San Diego County.

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego Flood Response Fund at SDFoundation.org/floodresponse where nonprofit organizations can also find information about how to request grant funding.

One hundred percent of donations to the San Diego Flood Response Fund go towards nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the flood.

The San Diego Flood Response Fund does not grant directly to individuals or families, but to the nonprofit organizations that serve individuals and families.

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 is dedicated to quickly mobilizing local leaders, donors and partners to provide critical services and assistance when San Diegans are in need. For more than 48 years, SDF and its donors have granted $1.7 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365