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.


Afghanistan/Afghan Refugees Support

Instability in Afghanistan is putting the lives of thousands of civilians at risk. The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has continued to rapidly deteriorate. More than 18 million people are in urgent need of aid and this year alone, more than 630,000 people have been internally displaced. Consider donating to the resources below to support children and families in Afghanistan.

Orange County Oil Spill

On October 2, an estimated 144,000 gallons of oil entered the ocean when a pipeline broke approximately 4 miles off the Orange County coastline. The resulting oil made its way into the habitat of Orange County’s most vulnerable wildlife and is currently devastating its wetlands. Learn more at socalspillresponse.com. Consider a donation to support these organizations working to rescue Orange County’s natural habitat:

  • Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy – Oversees the most heavily impacted site, the Huntington Beach Wetlands, and is actively involved in saving the wetland from oil-related destruction
  • Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center – Provides care for the native wildlife currently in peril from the disaster
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center – Rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine animals that are suffering from the spill
  • Surfrider Foundation – Coordinates cleanups and the community response in partnership with the local public agencies
  • The Orange County Community Foundation has designated its Environment Fund to provide resources to these and other agencies responding to the crisis. All donations received by December 1 will directly support those agencies assisting in the recovery of Orange County’s natural habitat.

Racial Inequity

COVID-19 deepened racial inequity in many aspects of society and the events of the recent past 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 an opportunity for you 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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