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
- International Rescue Committee
- San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition
- Alliance for African Assistance
- Jewish Family Service
Caldor Fire Relief in California
- California Community Foundation – Wildfire Recovery Fund
- Humboldt Area Foundation – Disaster Response & Resilience Fund
- El Dorado Community Foundation – Caldor Fire Fund
- Inland Empire Community Foundation – Disaster Relief Fund
- Community Foundation for Monterey County – Fire Relief Fund
- Napa Valley Community Foundation – Disaster Relief Fund
- North Valley Community Foundation – Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund
- Placer Community Foundation – River Fire Fund
- Community Foundation Santa Cruz – Fire Response Fund
- Sonoma County Community Foundation – Resilience Fund
- Ventura County Community Foundation – Thomas, Hill and Woolsey Wildfire Recovery Funds
Haiti Earthquake Relief
Hurricane Ida Relief in Gulf Coast
- Baton Rouge Area Foundation – Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
- Greater New Orleans Foundation – Disaster Response and Restoration Fund
- Community Foundation for Mississippi – Mississippi Community Response & Recovery Fund
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.