COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants $1.8 million to help those in need
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The San Diego Foundation has announced the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund has granted an additional $1.8 million to nonprofit organizations helping San Diegans in need. The latest round of grantmaking is made possible thanks to dozens of individual and business contributions, including an $8 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, author and Giving Pledge participant.

The 34 nonprofit grant recipients are delivering much-needed food security, financial assistance, learning loss support and other basic needs to local communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In total, the fund has granted $54.7 million to over 200 nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. 

Scott considered more than 6,400 nonprofits nationwide for funding. The 384 – or 6% – that received her support were selected through a rigorous, data-driven approach that valued strong leadership teams, results, and high potential for impact. Since March 16, The San Diego Foundation has raised more than $64 million for the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund through 3,500 individuals, businesses, foundations, government funding and donor-advised funds. 

The latest round of rapid response grants includes:

·  San Diego County Office of Education - $1,000,000 To provide thousands of students and their families internet connectivity and technology required for distance learning;

·  Feeding San Diego - $50,000 To increase the number of San Diegans receiving food assistance during the pandemic;

·  North County Lifeline - $50,000 To provide support and resources to children impacted by the health and economic crisis; 

·  San Diego LGBTQ Community Center - $50,000 To provide virtual crisis counseling, support and other essential services such as food, housing and healthcare to the LGBTQ community;

·  University of San Diego Nonprofit Institute - $50,000 To evaluate the impact of local crisis philanthropy efforts to help inform future grantmaking efforts; 

·  Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation - $50,000 To provide children in need with one-on-one homework tutoring and support English-Language Learner parents;

·  Urban Life Ministries, Inc. - $41,000 To deliver nutritious meals, enhance existing after-school college-prep program and provide academic tutoring to prevent learning loss; 

·  Just in Time for Foster Youth - $40,426 To assist transition-age foster youth with stable housing, education support, financial assistance and other critical services that will help them remain independent;

·  California State University, San Marcos - $40,000 To support the Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities initiative;

·  Concerned Parents Alliance, Inc. - $35,000 To provide college-bound students with the resources and support they need to continue their academic journey; 

·  Community Through Hope - $32,000 To provide food security and other critical resources to seniors who have difficulty obtaining food and items from local pantries; 

·  Lincoln High School - $30,000 To further bridge the digital divide and provide high speed internet access for students at Lincoln High School;

·  Paving Great Futures - $30,000 To provide food and basic resources to San Diegans in need, while also supporting other organizations with transportation of essential products;  

·  Alzheimer's San Diego - $25,000 To provide dementia-specific services with experts, including education, support groups and virtual social activities;

·  Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition - $25,000 To remove victims of human trafficking from dangerous environments and provide them with emergency housing, medical care, food, education and a pathway forward;


·  Center for Community Solutions - $25,000 To provide shelter and other essential services to survivors of relationship and sexual violence;

·  San Diego Canyonlands - $25,000 To provide City Heights and Southeast San Diego students with STEAM education lessons during the pandemic; 

·  Fallbrook Senior Citizens Service Club - $21,000 To provide meals for seniors living in poverty in the Fallbrook community;

·  Elder Law & Advocacy - $20,000 To protect the health and well-being of long-term care residents with advocacy, public awareness and education; 

·  Girls Rising - $20,000 To provide young girls with mentorship and other support critical to their development; 

·  HealthRIGHT 360 - $20,000 To provide personal protective equipment and meal prep services, as well as telehealth support and COVID-19 testing at congregate living sites;

·  La Colonia de Eden Gardens - $20,000 To develop a community of parents dedicated to their children's education and confident in navigating the current landscape by offering culturally competent native language education and resources;

·  No Silence No Violence - $20,000 To provide rent and financial assistance to women living in abusive situations who have lost a job due to COVID-19 and need a safe place to live;

·  transcenDANCE - $20,000 To provide youth with artistic education, as well as social and emotional resilience support during the pandemic;

·  Youth Will (via RISE Urban Leadership Institute of San Diego) - $20,000 To provide capacity building and technical assistance resources;

·  Educational Enrichment Systems - $17,291 To support distance learning programs and provide learning supplies for students and teachers;

·  Boys & Girls Club of Vista - $15,000 To expand access to academic support for students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic;

·  Ramona Senior Center (via Pacific Educational Facilities) - $15,000 To provide homebound seniors with weekly nutritious meals, toiletries and visits;

·  San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum - $15,000 To provide virtual workshops, as well as art and STEM activity kits for children in preschool through grade three; 

·  San Diego Young Artists Music Academy - $15,000 To offer music-focused distance learning programs that help students struggling with depression and social isolation;

·  Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - $11,000 To support Fleet Distance Learning Hubs and give youth more access to digital learning opportunities;

·  Christie’s Place - $10,000 To provide telehealth services, food security and other critical resources to children and families living with HIV and AIDS;

·  Timken Museum of Art - $7,000 To provide educational programming for marginalized teenagers who are incarcerated at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall;

·  Fulfilling Destiny - $5,000 To provide health supplies and critical support services to homeless and low-income women.

Businesses, individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at

The San Diego Foundation is part of a national movement of more than 600 community foundations that have mobilized more than $1 billion to aid in the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis through response funds. Individual donations are bolstered by San Diego corporations and numerous donor-advised funds at The San Diego Foundation.

 “The holiday season is about hope and generosity,” said Mark Stuart, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The transformational gift from MacKenzie Scott and generosity from other charitable San Diegans provides a critical lifeline to nonprofit organizations helping San Diegans in need right now.”

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