February 28, 2024 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation (SDF) announced today that $1,353,000 has been raised for the San Diego Flood Response Fund, including a second earned match of more than $215,000 from the San Diego Foundation Board of Governors. In total, San Diego Foundation is the largest contributor to the response fund with more than $300,000.

In addition, most funds raised – $1,093,000 to date – have been granted to 33 local nonprofit organizations providing assistance to those impacted and displaced by the January 22 floods.

“The floods caused an extraordinary loss for many families, and people needed our help,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO, SDF. “With federal assistance now flowing into local communities, San Diego Foundation will sunset the San Diego Flood Response Fund. We extend our gratitude to each and every San Diegan and organization who made a difference with their donation, and especially to our nonprofit partners on the ground who invested every grant in temporary housing, debris clean-up and home repair, replacement of household items, food, transportation, mental health support and medical services to improve the lives of those impacted.”

Recent grants from the fund include:

  • ACCESS Inc. – $15,000 for PHATCAMP Inc. to support the canvassing of needs and food distribution sites and to provide meals, essentials and rent subsidies.
  • Asian Business Association Foundation – $20,000 to provide resources and services to those impacted by the floods.
  • All Hands and Hearts Smart Response Inc. – $30,000 to coordinate and safely direct teams of volunteers in stabilizing vulnerable neighborhoods affected by the flooding by assisting households with a wide variety of debris management.
  • American Red Cross – $30,000 to provide direct financial assistance to flood survivors, allowing them to make critical purchases and assist with housing and other essential needs.
  • Casa Familiar Inc. – $20,000 to provide bilingual/bicultural needs assessments, case management, goods and supplies, direct financial support and referrals to impacted flood victims in underserved communities in San Ysidro and Barrio Logan.
  • CORE Community Organized Relief Effort – $30,000 to assess conditions and identify families needing immediate support with home damage assessments, debris removal, mucking and gutting homes, and providing emergency cash assistance.
  • Feeding San Diego – $30,000 for emergency food distributions in communities most impacted by the recent flooding
  • Harvey Family Foundation – $25,000 to continue to provide hot meals and services to those impacted by the floods.
  • Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank – $30,000 to provide emergency food supplies to more than 7,000 individuals who lost food supplies and access to food supplies due to flood damage.
  • JIREH Providers – $50,000 to provide medical supplies and mental health support to those impacted by the floods.
  • La Maestra Foundation Inc. – $13,000 to purchase goods and supplies for underserved and low-income families that have had household items destroyed by the flooding across San Diego County, including hygiene kits, jackets and ponchos, air mattresses and slow cookers.
  • Neighborhood House Association – $15,000 to provide resources and services to those impacted by the floods
  • Pilipino Workers Center – $10,000 for the Asian Solidarity Collective to provide basic needs, temporary housing and supplies to aid in debris clean-up to community members in South San Diego.
  • The Salvation Army – $30,000 to provide families impacted by floods with Home Depot gift cards up to $1,250 to purchase furniture, goods and other supplies.
  • San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. – $30,000 for remediation and home repair.
  • Team Rubicon – $30,000 for the National City Fire Department to assist survivors and those under or uninsured and provide at least 25 volunteers per day to assist homeowners with remediation and debris removal.
  • Uprise Theatre – $20,000 to provide weekly bilingual legal clinics for flood survivors and provide free legal advice and referrals for renters and homeowners.
  • The Urban Collaborative Project – $10,000 for intake, tracking and services of those impacted by the floods.
  • Urban Restoration Counseling Center – $20,000 to provide mental health support to those affected by the San Diego floods.
  • Wakeland Housing and Development Corp. – $25,000 to provide hotel assistance/vouchers to 45 households impacted by the floods.
  • YMCA of San Diego County – $60,000 to continue to provide hotel vouchers/assistance to those impacted by the floods.

Grant funding from the San Diego Flood Response Fund was awarded to 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.

In addition to San Diego Foundation, major funders of the San Diego Flood Response Fund include:

  • $100,000 – Price Philanthropies
  • $100,000 – League of California Community Foundations Disaster Relief, Recovery & Resilience Fund
  • $50,000 – The Conrad Prebys Foundation
  • $50,000 – PNC Foundation
  • $50,000 – Eugene M. and Joan F. Foster Family Charitable Fund at SDF
  • $30,000 – California Health Care Foundation (Oakland, Calif.)
  • $25,000 – 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 Promise Health Plan
  • $25,000 – The James Silberrad Brown Foundation at SDF
  • $25,000 – Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

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. One hundred percent of donations to the 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. Learn more at SDFoundation.org/floodresponse.

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