February 13, 2024 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation (SDF) announced today that the San Diego Flood Response Fund has raised more than $950,000 and this week granted an additional $245,000 to local nonprofit organizations supporting flood survivors. Overall, $550,000 has been granted to community-based organizations.

“Together, more than 1,000 San Diegans have 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.”

The majority of the $550,000 in grants has been awarded to nonprofits that are providing temporary housing to San Diegans displaced by the January 22 flood. This includes 409 individuals (303 adults and 106 children) who were provided housing vouchers by YMCA of San Diego County.

This week, $245,000 in grants was awarded to nonprofits, including:

  • SBCS (formerly South Bay Community Services) – $150,000 for housing vouchers and temporary placement assistance for individuals and families impacted by the recent floods.
  • Chicano Federation – $25,000 to support families in Chicano Federation’s affordable housing who were displaced by the flood; funds will provide housing and transportation assistance, supplies and food.
  • Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – $25,000 to support impacted families by providing needed repair and replacing lost items including new clothes, documents and other needs as identified by flood survivors.
  • Operation Promise Community Services Inc. – $ 10,000 to provide food and essentials to community members.
  • The Big Table – $10,000 to address immediate needs, such as housing stability, transportation, utilities, clothing and food security.
  • San Diego River Park Foundation – $10,000 to provide direct support, essential supplies and warm meals to the 375 people living in the San Diego Riverbed.
  • Herencia Hispana San Diego – $10,000 to provide food and allocate funds for a storage container to store non-perishable food/kitchen items, along with providing essential goods and supplies to flood survivors.
  • Assistance League of Greater San Diego – $5,000 to provide essential needs to the children and adults of the families in the Southcrest area of San Diego.

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.

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, which is 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