$6.8 million
raised to support San Diegans in need
$1.7 million
granted to nonprofits
1,628
individuals, businesses & foundations donated

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

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About the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Nonprofit Grant & Loan Assistance
Relief & Recovery Grants
Our Partners
Our Donors
Match Challenges
FAQ
Contact Information

Are you an individual, company or foundation interested in making a large gift to the Fund? Please contact Vice President of Development & Stewardship Brian Zumbano at brianz@sdfoundation.org.


About the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is 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 $1.25 million from The San Diego Foundation and $1 million from San Diego Gas & Electric.

In partnership with the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund Leadership Council, a group of community experts in civic leadership, philanthropy, government, public health, business, grantmaking, communications and fundraising comprised to inform fund efforts, The Foundation receives donations and makes emergency grants and interest-free loans to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance, such as food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, and rent and utility payment support.

Grants to nonprofits are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.

In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time but are accepting requests for grant assistance here and requests for interest-free loan assistance here.

To date, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has mobilized millions from a growing list of partners and online contributors. The Fund complements the work of public health officials and expands local capacity to address the many needs created by the coronavirus crisis. One hundred percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the public health crisis.

To learn more, please check out the FAQ below, which answers common questions we are hearing from the community.


Relief & Recovery Grants

Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego$100,000 for food assistance for low-income families and homebound individuals (read announcement)
Feeding San Diego$100,000 for hunger relief for seniors, children and low-income families (read announcement)
Interfaith Community Services$100,000 for individualized support, including emergency food packages, shelter, medical services and other critical assistance (read announcement)
Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank$500,000 for food assistance (read announcement)
Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank$200,000 for food security for San Diego Unified School District students, AFL-CIO food distribution efforts and the Imperial Valley Food Bank distributions (read announcement)
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation$25,000 to support the work of nonprofit organizations in Southeastern San Diego (read announcement)
Neighborhood House Association$125,000 for food security for seniors and Head Start children served at Neighborhood House Association’s designated locations in underserved communities (read announcement)
The Salvation Army$100,000 for rent, utility and transportation assistance for economically vulnerable San Diegans in North County (read announcement)
Tri-City Hospital Foundation$100,000 for assistance and emergency supplies (read announcement)
United Way of San Diego County$250,000 for safety net funding for low-wage workers and families (read announcement)
YMCA of San Diego County Child Care Resource Service and Child Development Associates$100,000 for support and food assistance to first responders, essential employees and low-income workers (read announcement)

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners who have come together to support our regional community during this critical time of need. To join these efforts, please contact Vice President of Development & Stewardship Brian Zumbano at brianz@sdfoundation.org or donate online.

See a full list of all donors to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

  • Business: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Qualcomm Foundation, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Government: San Diego County Supervisor and Co-Chair of the County COVID-19 Subcommittee Nathan Fletcher
  • Philanthropy: The Hervey Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, The Olson Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Halicioglu Family Foundation, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, David C. Copley Foundation, The California Endowment, BQuest Foundation, M. House Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, United Way of San Diego County

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FAQ

If you are a San Diego resident in need of assistance with rental, mortgage and utility assistance, please apply for assistance with the United Way of San Diego CountyTo get information about other resources and support in San Diego, contact 211 San Diego to be directed to a service provider.

The health and well-being of the San Diego community is of vital importance. We understand many individuals and families have been impacted by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations with deep roots in supporting vulnerable communities across San Diego County. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is not able to provide direct grants to individuals. It will support local nonprofit organizations that have deep experience providing people and families with services and support.

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue, as well as other challenges. To share information for grant consideration, please go to this form. Due to high volumes, we will not be able to fund every proposal. To request information about the Interest-Free Loan Program, please go to this form. For questions about the forms, please contact us at communityresponse@sdfoundation.org. Please note, grant proposals and requests for loan program information will not be accepted via email.

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue, as well as other challenges. To request information about the Interest-Free Loan Program, please go to this form. To share information for grant consideration, please go to this form. Due to high volumes, we will not be able to fund every proposal. For questions about the forms, please contact us at communityresponse@sdfoundation.org. Please note, grant proposals and requests for loan program information will not be accepted via email.

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Funding will focus on five critical areas:

  1. Food security
  2. Other essential living expenses
  3. Emergent needs
  4. Rental and utility assistance
  5. Interest-free loans for nonprofit organizations

One hundred percent of donations to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go toward nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Foundation is waiving and absorbing administration and credit card fees.

This San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is established specifically to get more targeted charitable resources into the community where needs are the highest. However, this is not the only vehicle in the region to do so. This is a critical time for countless individuals and organizations. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time.


Contact Information

General InfoGeneral questions & inquiries about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be directed to info@sdfoundation.org.For interested donors and partners, please contact Brian Zumbano, Vice President, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer at brianz@sdfoundation.org.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Justin Nunez at justin@sdfoundation.org.

 See press releases for updates.

To make a donation by check or other assets, contact our Giving Team at 619-814-1332 or stewardship@sdfoundation.org.

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