Emerging, Important Needs

In times of great emergency, community foundations are uniquely positioned to put our philanthropic leadership and deep, cross-sector relationships to work.

This Emerging, Important Needs page provides up-to-date resources and guidance on how you can support the region during times of need and respond to major crises around the world.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children

In March 2021, hundreds of girls unaccompanied by an adult arrived at the Downtown San Diego Convention Center with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many of these migrant children have fled Latin America in search of a better life absent the violence, hunger and poverty they are experiencing in their home countries.

In times of great emergency, community foundations are uniquely positioned to put their philanthropic leadership and deep, cross-sector relationships with trusted community partners to work for those in need.

The San Diego Foundation has established the For the Girls rapid response fund to connect donor support to local nonprofits providing assistance to the girls, including flexible emergency support and funds for the girls’ emerging needs.

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COVID-19 Pandemic

Hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration with County Board of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund receives donations and rapidly deploys resources to local nonprofit organizations supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic and its economic consequences. Grant funding focuses on food security, the digital divide, financial assistance, workforce, medical support and other emerging needs.

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Racial Inequity

COVID-19 has deepened racial inequity in many aspects of society and the events of 2020 have shined a light on systemic racism, especially as it impacts Black communities.

For San Diegans who are looking for ways to make an impact, the Black Community Investment Fund provides a new opportunity for philanthropists to help make San Diego County a better, stronger and more equitable region so every San Diegan can thrive, prosper and feel like they belong.

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The San Diego Foundation has activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect and manage charitable funds for recovery and rebuilding from the Valley Fire and other wildfires that may impacted the San Diego region. The San Diego Foundation is working closely with San Diego County, local officials and emergency response organizations to monitor and support the needs of our communities as they relate to wildfire recovery, rebuilding and preparedness.

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