$6.5 million
raised to support San Diegans in need
$1.15 million
granted to nonprofits
individuals, businesses & foundations donated

A coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County.

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About the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

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 these critical areas: food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, rent and utility payment support, and interest-free loans for nonprofit organizations. 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.

Within the first week the fund launched, grants were made to local nonprofit organizations. Grantmaking to nonprofits will continue on a rolling basis as fundraising continues through outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

One hundred percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the health crisis. The fund will complement the work of public health officials and help expand nonprofit capacity.

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 us or donate online.

  • 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, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, David C. Copley Foundation, 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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Grants Given

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)
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)


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.


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.

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 four 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.

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.

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