As a resource for community members, nonprofit organizations, government entities and donors during and following a disaster, the Regional Disaster Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate impact in disaster response, recovery, rebuilding and preparedness.
If you need immediate assistance regarding a contribution to the Regional Disaster Fund, please contact (619) 814-1332.
Hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration with County Board of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 subcommittee, and seeded with $1 million from San Diego Gas & Electric and $300,000 from The San Diego Foundation, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.
Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income replacement or gap funding. The coalition is working in close collaboration with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients.
December 2017 Wildfires
In 2017, the Lilac Fire burned through the Bonsall and Fallbrook communities of San Diego, seriously injuring two people, destroying 114 homes and damaging over 50 more. Once the fire was fully contained, the impact stretched across 4,100 acres in the region.
In response to the significant devastation and at the request of the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect and manage donations to help the survivors and their communities with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts.
In total, more than 200 local companies and individuals generously contributed $426,000 to the Regional Disaster Fund in support of Lilac Fire recovery and rebuilding. While the long-term recovery efforts are still ongoing, the Lilac Fire donations have translated into critical needs for those communities and individuals hit hardest by the fire. Read about the impact of San Diego Regional Disaster Fund in the aftermath of the Lilac Fire here.
October 2007 Wildfires
The October 2007 wildfires comprised one of the largest natural disasters in California’s history. Combined, the fires scorched more than 575 square miles in San Diego County – destroying more than 1,600 homes and impacting thousands of residents county-wide.
The Disaster Fund responded by commissioning a disaster-wide community needs assessment that included a five-point recovery strategy: Community Infrastructure for Recovery (Community Recovery Teams); Recovering Lives; Rebuilding Homes; Restoring the Environment; and Preparing for Future Wildfire Disasters.
In total, more than $10 million was granted in support of response, recovery, rebuilding, and preparedness efforts related to the 2007 fires. We are extremely grateful to the 2,200+ donors who contributed funds in support of our region’s recovery.
San Diego Regional Disaster Fund Board
Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH, Chair
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego
Frank Ault, Treasurer
Chair, San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation
Darcy Bingham, Secretary
Vice President, University Advancement, California State University San Marcos
CFO/Partner, FCB Partners, LLC
Mark Fisher, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH
Pediatrician and Community Health Leader
Executive Director, San Diego Regional Fire Fund
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation
Consultant and Former Executive Director, City of San Diego’s Office of Homeland Security
Retired, Deputy Chief of Operations with CAL FIRE San Diego Unit