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.


Recently, we have witnessed natural disasters strike Northern California, the Gulf Coast and Haiti. We have also seen a call for emergency support for people in Afghanistan and those fleeing the country.

In response, donors and nonprofit organizations are providing funding and immediate resources to these humanitarian crises.

If you would like to make a donation, the following nonprofit organizations are leading efforts for each crisis in collaboration with other partners.

Afghanistan/Afghan Refugees Support

Caldor Fire Relief in California

Haiti Earthquake Relief

Hurricane Ida Relief in Gulf Coast


Racial Inequity

COVID-19 has deepened racial inequity in many aspects of society and the events of 2020 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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