The COVID-19 pandemic proved that when we face significant challenges and tragic loss, San Diegans and San Diego are better when we work together.

On March 16, 2020, The San Diego Foundation partnered with local leaders to launch the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Throughout the pandemic, our staff and volunteers collaborated with philanthropy, government, business, nonprofits, schools and other sectors across San Diego County to raise and grant funds for local nonprofit organizations supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Overall, we granted $64 million, including 387 grants to more than 250 nonprofit partners working on the frontline of the pandemic.

This Impact Report to our community outlines philanthropy’s role in addressing the crisis.

The benefit of 15 months of work on the COVID-19 Community Response Fund included witnessing first-hand the pre-existing and mounting inequities in our communities through the work of our nonprofit partners. In launching our new Strategic Plan in June 2021, it was with the knowledge and experience of the long-term health, economic and educational impacts of COVID-19, and pre-existing equity gaps in our communities.

Our Strategic Plan includes four priorities that will serve as our compass as we continue to partner with philanthropy and community leaders to serve in our capacity as San Diego’s largest regional community foundation.

Learn more about our Strategic Plan

What was the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund?

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund deployed resources on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations that supported low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses in San Diego and throughout the nation, we granted $64 million, including 387 grants to more than 250 nonprofit partners to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with computers; internet access; childcare; food security; financial assistance; medical support; workforce training and other emergent needs.

View the Community Response Fund Impact Report

Click here to see the entire Leadership Council who helped advise the fund’s grantmaking and identify community need >

Who did it help?

The fund helped San Diegans most affected by coronavirus and the local nonprofit organizations in our community that worked to address their needs, including some of the organizations below.

How were funds distributed?

Grants to nonprofits were made on a rolling basis as funding became available to support San Diegans in need, particularly those disproportionately affected by the global pandemic and its economic consequences.

Childcare category includes $25 million County of San Diego contract to disperse federal CARES Act funding.

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Additional Contact Information

General
General questions & inquiries about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be directed to info@sdfoundation.org.

Media
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Lorena Nava Ruggero at lruggero@sdfoundation.org.