COVID-19 Response

This page was last updated at 5:37 PM PST on Thursday, April 9, 2020.





Philanthropy California is an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers.
Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond to the threat and potential impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
We will be vetting funds, providing recommendations, and supporting our community with safety tips.
Consult a trusted news source such as the Center for Disease Control, to track the status of the Coronavirus.
Check this page for updates on philanthropy’s response to the pandemic.


Operational Status

Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers are fully operational. The Philanthropy California teams will be telecommuting beginning on March 16, 2020. All of our programs taking place before March 31, 2020 will be transitioned to online platforms or postponed.
  • For questions about SCG programs, please contact us at programsrsvp [at]
  • For questions about NCG programs, please contact us at registrar [at]
  • For questions about SDG programs, please contact us at carlos [at]

For the Latest Information on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
California State Public Health Department:
County of Los Angeles Public Health:
City of Los Angeles Updates:
San Francisco Department of Public Health:


City of Oakland Updates: 
Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs — Information on Coronavirus Testing & Treatment for Uninsured Los Angeles County Residents:

The Philanthropy California team is hosting weekly COVID-19 webinars for each region: Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego. You can register for those webinars below, find partner events in the field, and view webinars you may have missed.
This page is updated daily. We hope that it will help you stay informed and take rapid actions to support our most vulnerable communities during this crisis.



Jump to:










Philanthropy California Funder Briefing Webinars

Southern California Funders' Discussion on COVID-19: Public Health, Healthcare Capacity, and Resourcing
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 3:00 PM PDT




COVID-19 School Closures in California: How Philanthropy Can Help Now
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM PDT



LA County’s Response to COVID-19: A Public Health Briefing
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 4:00 PM PDT





The Webinar on Webinars for Funders + Nonprofits and Community Leaders
Monday, April 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM PDT





Orange County Grantmakers COVID-19 Updates – Weekly Calls
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 10:00 AM PDT





Southern California Funders' Discussion on COVID-19
Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 9:00 AM PDT





2020 Philanthropy California Policy Summit
Monday, April 20, 2020 | 9:00 AM PDT



Back to Top


Events in the Field


Funders Together to End Homelessness: COVID-19 Funder Call
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 12:00 PM PDT





Philanthropic Efforts to Battle COVID-19 Around the Corner and Around the World
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM PDT





Center for Effective Philanthropy—Leadership in Crisis: Insights for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leaders
Friday, April 10, 2020 | 2:00 PM PDT



National Center for Family Philanthropy—Beyond 5%: Increasing Support in a Time of Crisis
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 11:00 AM PDT




Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees—COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Immigrant Families and Communities: Recommendations for Philanthropic Action
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT



Back to Top


Past Briefing Webinars


Southern California Funders' Discussion on COVID-19
Thursday, March 26, 2020







COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond
Thursday, March 5, 2020





Philanthropy California: How Philanthropy Can Support and Enhance the Government Response to COVID-19
Thursday, March 12, 2020







Direct Relief: U.S. Safety Net Health Provider Readiness for Covid-19 - Webinar
Thursday, March 12, 2020





Funder to Funder Call: Sharing Approaches to COVID-19 Community Response
Thursday, March 12, 2020





Northern California Grantmakers Discussion on Funder Collaboration for COVID-19
Monday, March 16, 2020 





Southern California Funders' Discussion on COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM PDT







Legal Services Funders Network | COVID:19 Impact on the Need for and Delivery of Services
Thursday, March 19, 2020 





Northern California Grantmakers Discussion on Funder Collaboration for COVID-19
Monday, March 23, 2020 





Northern California Grantmakers Discussion on Funder Collaboration for COVID-19
Monday, March 30, 2020 




Back to Top


The Philanthropy California team vetted the list of response funds below to help you direct resources to the most vulnerable communities. This list is updated daily.


You can filter the list based on region and beneficiary. We hope that it will assist in taking rapid action to support families, businesses, community-based organizations, and others during this crisis.

2020 Imperial County COVID-19 Response Fund

The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF), in partnership with Alliance Healthcare FoundationCalifornia Wellness Foundation, and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation is launching an immediate COVID-19 Response Fund for nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Imperial County. Nonprofit organizations are able to apply for a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 - $50,000.

Funds will support efforts related to food insecurity, basic supplies, rental, mortgage and utility assistance, and other emergency needs  for communities and families impacted by unemployment and economic hardship due to the global pandemic.

To qualify for Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF) 2020 Imperial County COVID-19 Response Fund grant support, your organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. 
  • Serve vulnerable populations within Imperial County, especially those disproportionately impacted by unemployment and other economic hardship during COVID-19.
  • Have a meaningful presence in Imperial County.



Alliance for a Just Society: One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund — Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.


Berkeley City Council: Berkeley Relief Fund

Berkeley City Council has approved $3 million for emergency relief grants to small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and residential tenants, that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used only for emergency grants, and managed by the City of Berkeley.  Applicants in need will be able to apply soon.


California Community Foundation: COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

California Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and mid to long-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through its Pass It Along Fund.

No Administration Fee – CCF has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund. Credit card contributions remain subject to third party fees.


The fund will make grants on a rolling basis addressing emerging needs in the community with an initial focus on education, health, homelessness, and individual hardship assistance through our nonprofit partners:

  • Mitigating Impacts of School Closures – Grants will help school districts and service providers respond to needs of students and families from ensuring access to educational resources and technologies, meals, to socio-emotional supports.
  • Homeless Residents – Grants will help housing providers and shelter operators respond to needs for outreach, social distancing, isolation, and for increased demand for emergency services.
  • Health Clinics & Hospitals – Grants will help community clinics and hospitals respond to increased patient flow, triaging those who are sick, exposed or in need of testing, and to support isolation and quarantine sites being established and operated across LA County.
  • Hardship Assistance – Grants to nonprofit partners in CCF’s Pass It Along (PIA) Program to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency
  • Immigration – Grants to support low-wage, immigrant workers to help them access food, services, and other unemployment resources


CDC Foundation: Emergency Response Fund

The Center for Disease Control is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans against coronavirus, COVID-2019, and we need your help to mobilize quickly. Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through our Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.


Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Response Fund

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.
The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response. These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

CDP is working closely with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to follow both current and emergent needs, including:

  • Supporting healthcare workers: Many public health, low income and other clinics will not have the ability to make significant capital purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other essential personal protective equipment. These items help prevent the infection of essential medical staff who are at increased risk because of their close contact with people who may be infected.
  • Supporting quarantined and especially vulnerable individuals: The use of quarantines is crucial in helping control the spread of any infectious disease, including COVID-19. However, this means individuals are unable to go to work, go shopping for necessities, attend social functions or even see their families in some cases.
  • Supporting hygiene promotion activities: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are key to limiting the spread of any infection, especially those that are spread by close contact. Increasing access to WASH resources will help limit the spread of coronavirus and other infections. Supporting areas with poor access to medical healthcare by supporting healthy populations. This will help limit the spread of all viruses and other infections.

With these factors in mind, CDP will use contributions to the Fund to address any one of these issues, which will allow CDP to be adaptive in our support. The global nature of this outbreak may result in CDP using COVID-19 response funds both in the U.S. and abroad.


Central Valley Community Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Due to the rising impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) has launched an Emergency Response Fund to help our region meet the developing challenges linked with this virus.

Based on input from our nonprofit partners, we are identifying the highest priority community needs and have distinguished three key focus areas for the Fund:

  • Food distribution, particularly for vulnerable population
  • Urgent support for healthcare workers
  • Coordinated communication of reliable public information


Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund: COVID-19 Response

Over the last 34 years, Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has stepped in to provide help and hope to households facing unexpected crises throughout the nine counties of the Bay Area — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Our assistance keeps thousands of individuals and families in their homes and puts food on their tables as they get back on their feet. 

How is Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have expedited over $1.9 million in emergency assistance funds to our county partners to be used for housing and critical family needs between now and June 30, 2020. In this calendar year, we will provide a total of $7.8 million for housing and critical family needs and $1.3 million for food assistance. We expect that the need for emergency assistance will be overwhelming and are requesting additional donations from those who would like to support their neighbors in this pandemic.


City of Long Beach: Coronavirus Relief Fund

The Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in the Long Beach area. Grants will be made to support approved 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations working on these efforts. Funds donated to this Long Beach Relief Fund through June 5, 2020 will be used exclusively for assistance to Long Beach residents impacted by Coronavirus.


City of San Francisco: COVID-19 Response

Donating to help San Franciscans most impacted by the coronavirus. 

Your tax-deductible donations will help protect the health of San Francisco and support the most vulnerable, including individuals, families, and local businesses.

Donations will directly support:

  • Critical facilities and supplies needed to protect the health of all San Franciscans in the face of COVID-19.
  • Taking care of our most medically and economically vulnerable neighbors, including individuals who must isolate per public health guidance and those facing economic hardship or a housing crisis related to COVID-19.
  • Local businesses and nonprofits that are not only significant contributors to the economy, they are valued parts of our neighborhoods. Support will help businesses weather temporary closures or reduced demand due to the public health crisis.  

Donations of any amount can be made. Donations over $100 will be acknowledged on the City of San Francisco website.


City of San Jose: Silicon Valley Strong Fund

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is already hurting San José’s residents, businesses, and community-based organizations. Particularly hard hit are those families and individuals who can least afford a medical or financial crisis, small businesses whose revenues have fallen off, and nonprofits that are seeing an increased need for services or have had to cancel arts, cultural, or fundraising events. Silicon Valley Strong Fund will help three key groups: residents, businesses, and community-based organizations.


Community Foundation for Monterey County and Monterey Peninsula Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund

Monterey County is a caring and generous community. The Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation have created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents.


Community Foundation for San Benito County: COVID-19 Relief Fund

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Community Foundation has activated the COVID-19 Relief Fund to distribute resources to local nonprofits supporting those impacted by this crisis and the economic fallout that is likely to follow.

The Community Foundation has committed $50,000 to the Fund, and we will continue to solicit additional resources from corporate partners and generous donors. In essence, this emergency fund is the fastest, most efficient way to get dollars into the hands of nonprofits serving our neighbors and friends who are most affected. It will address the immediate and long-term needs of San Benito County.


Community Foundation of Mendocino County: COVID-19 Angel Fund

We at The Community Foundation of Mendocino County have been closely following the novel coronavirus, and are taking necessary precautions. While no positive cases have been reported in Mendocino County to date, we realize the very real threat this virus poses and the possibility of widespread infection, as well as the economic impact it can make on our small community.

For individuals who are experiencing undue hardship due to COVID-19, our Angel Fund is available on an emergency basis. 


Community Foundation of Mendocino County: COVID-19 Save-the-Day Fund

We at The Community Foundation of Mendocino County have been closely following the novel coronavirus, and are taking necessary precautions. While no positive cases have been reported in Mendocino County to date, we realize the very real threat this virus poses and the possibility of widespread infection, as well as the economic impact it can make on our small community.

We are anticipating the economic impact of the virus on our non-profit community as they cancel or postpone fundraising events and/or respond to increased community need or unforeseen operational costs. Non-profits may access our Save-the-Day grant program here.


Community Foundation of San Joaquin: COVID-19 Response

During these unprecedented times, the Community Foundation of San Joaquin stands prepared and ready to work alongside our county, civic, and community leaders to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the health of our community.  In partnership with United Way of San Joaquin, our organizations have established a San Joaquin Emergency Response Fund, which we have seeded with an initial $75,000 investment. The Fund is intended to be responsive to the changing, long-term needs of our community, with an immediate focus on supporting nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable populations and to provide financial assistance to individuals and families most directly impacted by COVID-19. The San Joaquin Emergency Response Fund will provide a flexible vehicle for philanthropic funding to help our community during these difficult times.


Community Foundation of the Valleys: Fund for San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys Nonprofits

With a generous matching gift of $50,000 from the Wolf Family Foundation and a grant of $50,000 from the Weingart Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Valleys (CFV) is soliciting donations from individuals, businesses and other foundations to raise another $50,000 or more for a combined total in excess of $150,000. These funds will be distributed by the Foundation to established pre-screened nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys that are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19-related economic downturn.


Community Foundation Santa Cruz County: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Fund

The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County's COVID-19 Fund aims to protect the health of the public and giving to the most vulnerable in Santa Cruz County and will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County.


El Dorado Community Foundation: Coronavirus Relief Fund

The communities of El Dorado County are committed to the place we live. We meet challenge with strength, adversity with kindness, and need with an outpouring of support. We will make it through this, and with your help, we will ensure all our neighbors will as well. 100% of what you give will assist our children, our families, our older adults and the places we call home.


Entertainment Industry Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

EIF, through its disaster response program, Music for Relief, has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to address the ongoing and evolving challenges presented by this emergency. Funds will primarily provide relief to people in the entertainment industry who are most vulnerable to the effects of this economic crisis. Additional funds will support the public health response to the threat posed by this virus including the prevention, detection, and treatment of new cases of COVID-19.


Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties: IE Funders Alliance Rapid Response Fund

The IE Funders Alliance Rapid Response Fund has been established by the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties to provide critical and timely support for nonprofits providing services in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the negative impact it will have on vulnerable people and communities.


Funders to End Homelessness San Diego: Homeless Seniors COVID-19 Response Fund

Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, a collaborative of San Diego Grantmakers, has established a fund to pay for hotel rooms for homeless seniors and others who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. There are over 2000 homeless people in San Diego who are age 65+ living on the streets and in crowded shelters. The County of San Diego, and other government entities, are securing hotel rooms for people who have already contracted COVID-19. This fund expands upon those efforts by targeting people who are high-risk but have not yet gotten sick.  


GlobalGiving: Coronavirus Relief Fund

Your donation to this fund will help stop the virus's spread and give communities on the front lines of the crisis the resources they need to act quickly and protect the most vulnerable. Donations are already helping to:

  • Send doctors, nurses, and other front line responders to communities in need
  • Get masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies to hospitals and clinics
  • Deliver essential items to struggling families and older individuals in quarantined cities and refugee camps
  • Feed children that rely on school meals as their only source of nutrition
  • Support hygiene awareness efforts
  • And much, much more...

As the situation evolves, the fund will transition to support longer-term recovery and education efforts run by local, vetted organizations in affected regions. We will work with our partners on the ground to allocate funds where they're most needed.


Great Public Schools Now: One Family LA

This fund is an initiative coordinated by Great Public Schools-Now in partnership with several Los Angeles community organizations. Donations will go directly to Los Angeles families to meet basic needs such as food, rent, medical care, childcare, gas, and transportation. Funds contributed through this site will be administered by Great Public Schools-Now, a Los Angeles based 501c3 non-profit foundation, and distributed through our partner network funds directly to families in need during this crisis.


Hispanics in Philanthropy: Civic Participation Fund

The Civic Participation fund addresses the critical issues at stake for a fair and accurate 2020 Census to ensure Latinos are counted. COVID-19 has forced organizations to quickly shift from field operations to remote digital efforts. To expedite these new efforts, HIP announces a rapid response grant pool for grassroots nonprofit organizations to help ensure Latinos are counted.

In 2018, HIP launched the Latino Civic Participation Grant in key southern states to provide funding to grassroots groups and nonprofit organizations that are using diverse strategies to build political power within the Latino community in places with limited financial and electoral influence to advance supportive policy change. HIP deployed $160,000 in grants that leveraged more than $1.25M in contributions and matching funds and HIP works with an extensive network of organizations on these critical civic participation issues. HIP encourages funders committed to racial equity in civic participation to contribute to HIP’s pool and/or match our funding as it is deployed.

If you are interested in partnering or learning more, please contact Justin Scheid at or Sonia Melendez Reyes at


Hispanics in Philanthropy: COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) invites its members to contribute to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund, which will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will support HIP’s current Migration and Forced Displacement grantees and other organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders and partner organizations. These mini-grant funds will help bring front-line migrant serving organizations the resources they need to develop and launch emergency protocols, cover unexpected costs due to office closures or disrupted revenue streams, shift their service provisions, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

HIP’s Response and Call to Funders

In response to these current and anticipated challenges, HIP is offering rapid response grants to offset unexpected costs incurred for disruptions to operations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak as described above. HIP will be funding current grantees from our Migration and Forced Displacement program (as well as a limited number of organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders or partner organizations) who are at the frontlines of providing direct humanitarian, social and legal services to migrants, as well as advocacy and narrative shift work. As HIP’s grantee partners span the migrant corridor, they are working to protect migrant rights at all points of the migration process—from transit to arrival or reintegration.

HIP will use existing grantmaking funds to offer our current grantees the opportunity to apply for a maximum of $15,000 through a short written or voice message needs assessment. HIP will respond to rapid response grant requests within a week of receiving requests and will offer the opportunity on an ongoing basis until at least May 1, 2020.

HIP has committed $200,000 to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund and invites you to help us offer support to all our partners doing critical work on the ground. Additional funding matches to our emergency grantmaking fund will allow us to offer flexible grants to organizations so they can run sustainably and effectively during this time of crisis. 


Horizons Foundation: COVID-19 and the Bay Area LGBTQ Community

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges throughout the SF Bay Area and the nation, as well as in the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.

These challenges come in the form of threats to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people living in the nine Bay Area counties, including those most at risk for COVID-19-related illness. The pandemic and related economic shutdowns also threaten to overwhelm the capacity of critical LGBTQ community nonprofits, as well as pose near- and long-term financial hardship.

Horizons is making available $275,000 in immediate funding for LGBTQ organizations through our LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund. Horizons is contributing $200,000, and supporters have already contributed an additional $75,000 and counting. Will you contribute and help us provide even more emergency grants? 100% of contributions go to the community.


Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation: COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Humboldt Area Foundation and our affiliate, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, launched the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region's most vulnerable residents—from mitigation to eventual recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will support urgent community needs identified by our regional partners. The fund will make grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits, charitable organizations and public agencies meeting the immediate needs of residents in Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties. The fund's initial focus will be on seniors, low-income families and tribal communities.


Inland Empire Community Foundation: IE COVID-19 Resilience Fund

In response to the alarming spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and what this could mean for its two-county region, Inland Empire Community Foundation is accepting donations to assist local nonprofit organizations working to respond to this public health crisis.


International Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has directly impacted funding for some of Mexico’s most vital Community Funds. As uncertainty heightens, we need to ensure the future of Mexico by addressing the communities’ most critical needs. Your support will allow us to continue to make weekly rapid response grants from a number of funds.


Jewish Community Foundation San Diego: Vulnerable Local Populations COVID-19 Fund

Across San Diego County, there is an ever-increasing number of people who are without a paycheck or with a significantly reduced paycheck, leaving these families food insecure and often unable to pay their rent. In addition, the needs of home-bound seniors and the homeless are growing and becoming more critical.


Jewish Community Foundation San Diego: Public Health Response COVID-19 Fund

The scientific and health care communities need support to address the public health threat posed by the virus. This includes research, logistics, communications, and data management as well as efforts to acquire necessary equipment, and build appropriate, temporary facilities. Additional public health needs will undoubtedly emerge as our community weathers the COVID-19 challenge.


Kern Community Foundation: Kern County COVID-19 Relief Fund

To provide grants to Kern County nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations and/or those who can present a clear case of direct impact due to the medical or economic effects of the pandemic.


Latino Community Foundation: Love Not Fear Fund

The Latino Community Foundation established the Love Not Fear Fund to support Latino-led organizations that provide wrap-around services to the most vulnerable, especially undocumented seniors living in the Inland Empire and Central Valley and families that have already lost wages.


Liberty Hill: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing

This emergency fund is designed to support immediate community organizing needs on the frontlines and fuel emergency advocacy efforts to protect the most vulnerable during this time of unimaginable upheaval due to the COVID-19 crisis.


Los Altos Community Foundation: 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund

The daily onslaught of coronavirus news continues unabated and the impact will undoubtedly resonate for months. Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) is now learning of nonprofit organizations and services that have been impacted by the outbreak. They need new support now and we anticipate additional needs in the future. Some have had to cancel major fundraising events, others have seen a spike in requested assistance, and all are facing the challenge of providing vital services while adhering to requirements to protect employees, volunteers, and clients.

In response, we have opened up the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund to raise critical resources for immediate use by these nonprofits.

LACF will immediately contribute and release $40,000 in funding to be distributed between the following organizations:

Each has a grantee relationship with LACF, are established organizations in our communities, and can immediately put the additional funds to use in meeting critical needs.

We hope to double the funds available to grant to these organizations. Please join us in funding these community lifelines, either with new donations or disbursements from your donor-advised fund to the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund.


Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation: LACo Fire COVID-19 Relief and Resiliency Fund

The LA County Fire Department Foundation launched the LACo Fire COVID-19 Relief and Resiliency Fund to address the needs of first responders. This fund will support needs submitted by sworn and people in the communities the foundation serves through our We Hear You Program. 

Grants will be funded on a rolling basis and donations to the fund will be used on the needs submitted through the program, no admirative costs will be added to any submissions.

Priorities include:

  • Grants that reduce demand for emergency services
  • Grants to increase efficiency to address increased medical calls for services
  • Grants for equipment needed to better serve patients
  • Grants for equipment needed to better serve our communities
  • Grants for first responder station support to reduce exposure and increase personnel health
  • Grants for first responder family support
  • Grants for outreach

UPDATE: As of March 23, 2020 the Foundation has spent more than $75,000 on requests received with more than $1,200,000 in need for additional resources for the telemedicine program and other critical needs being prioritized.


Marin Community Foundation: The COVID-19 Fund

Organizations that rely on volunteers to deliver services are finding themselves woefully shorthanded. Older adults who need nutrition, medical assistance and socialization, are at great risk. And with Spring nonprofit fundraisers cancelled, many organizations are facing the daunting prospect of losing significant anticipated revenue for the year.

In addition, those that work in lower paying and hourly jobs - in hospitality, retail, services and the like - are forgoing pay during closures, placing enormous pressure on already challenging circumstances.

Because of these far-reaching effects, the Marin Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Fund of MCF. This quick-response Fund will be dedicated to directing financial support to nonprofit organizations serving those individuals and families most in need. Due to the ever-changing nature of this emergency, we feel that this is an effective and flexible method of response.

If you are interested in supporting vital nonprofits in your community, know that MCF staff are constantly assessing the situation and are in an excellent position to direct funding quickly to those who need it most.


Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles: Angeleno Fund

As we keep our distance to stay safe, we must otherwise come together as a community to help those of us most in need. The Angeleno Fund will provide direct financial assistance for families experiencing extreme financial hardship, many of whom are immigrants or independent workers who will not qualify for other benefits.


Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles: L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. You can donate to this fund to help support families, provide critical services, and strengthen our emergency response.

The Mayor of Los Angeles has identified the following key priority areas:

Support for Families and Small Businesses

Supplying home-delivered meals for isolated seniors, childcare support and other community resources for families, workers, and small businesses whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Relief for Healthcare Workers

Childcare services, counseling support, and other resources for the heroic healthcare workers on the frontlines of this health crisis.

Critical Healthcare Equipment

Increased access to testing kits, personal protective equipment, and other supplies vital to ensuring the health and safety of Angelenos and those protecting them.

Services for Our Unhoused Neighbors

Services for unhoused Angelenos, such as emergency shelters, hygiene stations, and other solutions to meet the needs of the city’s homeless population and keep us all safe.


Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation

We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 Grant Process. Designed to support healthcare organizations that provide services to coastal residents and visitors. Grants, totaling up to $100,000, will be awarded every spring. Typical grants will range between $10,000 and $25,000.

In 2020, we are soliciting grant proposals in two areas: Access to Healthcare & Education

Napa Valley Community Foundation: COVID-19 Fund

In response to a declared emergency in Napa County, the Napa Valley Community Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Fund that will support efforts to help slow the spread of the virus within Napa County. It will deploy additional financial resources to best meet evolving needs. The Foundation will pay special attention to populations in Napa County that may be particularly susceptible to becoming seriously ill, like the elderly, the medically frail and those living in close quarters. It is paying special attention to community health, the potential for working families to face economic hardship and food insecurity in the months ahead.


National Domestic Workers Alliance: Coronavirus Care Fund

For many in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners the threat from Coronavirus is especially severe. Without access to health care, paid sick leave, or job security, they are being forced to navigate this crisis alone — without a safety net.

The money you donate to the Coronavirus Care Fund will provide immediate financial support for domestic workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy — protecting themselves, their families and their communities while slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.


North Valley Community Foundation: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Local Nonprofits and Agencies

To help local nonprofit organizations and government agencies on the front lines prepare, rapidly respond to and deploy resources for coronavirus response in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa counties.


Oakland Fund for Public Innovation: Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund

The number of people affected by the COVID-19 virus across the country continues to grow. We are proud of the steps we are taking in Oakland and across the Bay Area to flatten the curve and to support our most vulnerable communities, such as seniors, children, people experiencing homelessness, first responders, local businesses and low-wage workers, to name a few.

You can help by donating to the Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your tax-deductible donations will go to non-profit community organizations or public agencies who are diligently working to protect the health of Oakland and support our most vulnerable community members.


OC Community Resilience Fund

The OC Community Resilience Fund is a collaborative response by the Orange County philanthropic community seeking to strengthen and support community-based organizations that serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.



OUR Fund: Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

OUR Fund will provide critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give today!

While many Oaklanders can turn to existing safety net programs, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and new federal and local relief efforts –  undocumented workers are largely excluded from those programs.

OUR Fund will address this critical gap in our social safety net, and will help support the most vulnerable members of our community who are impacted by this crisis.


PANA San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund

COVID-19 presents tremendous challenges for already struggling refugee families. The majority of San Diego’s refugee workers are in the restaurant, hotel, and transportation industries hardest hit by the pandemic. Even with the City of San Diego taking action to halt evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs, people already struggling to make ends meet are now managing reduced work hours or furloughs, school closures, childcare challenges, and food scarcity.Community members have lost their jobs, drivers are facing major disruption with Uber and Lyft, and families have children that need to complete school assignments online, but don't have internet connectivity at home.


To meet these immediate needs, PANA and its partners are launching the San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund. In close collaboration with trusted partners like the United Woman of East Africa Support team and others, we plan to provide small, one-time grants to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs. PANA has already dedicated one of its team members to triage COVID-19 emergency support.



Pasadena Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to Pasadena-based organizations as they respond to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and quarantines. PCF has made an initial commitment of $100,000 to provide local relief, and donors may make charitable gifts to the fund that will benefit both urgent and long-term community needs.


Placer Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund will offer flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

The fund will help support the increased demand that Placer County nonprofit service providers are facing related to the impact of COVID-19. PCF is communicating and coordinately closely with local government and social services organizations to understand where charitable dollars are needed most and have the greatest potential for impact. This includes Placer County Health & Human Resources, family resource centers, senior services organizations, food banks and others. Because of the flexible structure of this fund, the grant-making process will be fluid, timely, and nimble to act on opportunities and need.


Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to: 1) Immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, 2) To bolster our impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed; 3) To establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19. 



Sacramento Region Community Foundation: Disaster Fund

As the capital region’s community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to respond to local emergencies. We have activated our Sacramento Region Disaster Fund, which we have seeded with an initial investment which has grown with the support of fundholders, individual donors, and other regional partners. We are preparing to rapidly deploy this funding to help address the challenges area nonprofits are encountering due to the virus. To inform our grantmaking, we hosted a webinar for over 400 capital region nonprofits and have surveyed hundreds more to assess the immediate- and long-term impacts the coronavirus will have on their operations and client populations.


San Diego COVID-19 Children's Fund

Children in low-income and first-responder families across our region will experience hardship as a result of the Coronavirus crisis and recent school closures. From more limited access to school breakfast and lunch to a shortage of reliable childcare, families already struggling to make ends meet are disproportionately affected by the current situation. This fund will help ensure local children have access to food assistance, childcare, and remote learning opportunities during these unprecedented times. San Diego for Every Child established the San Diego COVID-19 Children's Fund in partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District, YMCA Childcare Resource Service, Child Development Associates, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to respond to the urgent needs now facing San Diego’s most vulnerable children. 




San Diego Foundation: San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

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


San Diego: North County Covid-19 Response Fund

A coalition of North County San Diego regional foundations, Coastal Community Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, have established the North County COVID-19 Response Fund to direct crucial resources to nonprofits in North County San Diego. The Fund will immediately make grants for general operating support for organizations based in North County San Diego and/or directly serving the basic needs of vulnerable populations in North County San Diego in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations are encouraged at


San Francisco Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the San Francisco Foundation will make capacity building grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties addressing the following four issue areas, described in greater detail below: worker support, preventing homelessness and providing renter protection/housing security, ensuring food security, and addressing racial bias.


San Mateo County: San Mateo County Strong

On March 24, 2020 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved $3,000,000 in emergency funding to support those most impacted in San Mateo County in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. This fund was created to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to join the County’s relief effort and make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County residents, small businesses and non-profits.


Santa Barbara Foundation: COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint effort allows these organizations to coordinate funds and rapidly meet the needs of their community as they arise through collaborative decision-making.


SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), a project of Alliance San Diego, has launched the SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $500 to immigrants in San Diego County who have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with other emergencies that may arise in the future. Many immigrants across San Diego County have had their hours reduced, are temporarily not working, or have lost their jobs altogether. Some immigrant workers are ineligible for certain federal and state benefits such as unemployment and food stamps. While some resources are available to help people pay bills and rent, there is little or no monetary support going directly to families who are left without money to cover their basic needs. The SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund aims to help fill the gap, providing assistance to people in need..


Shasta Regional Community Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund

This fund will address the needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus. 

The fund will provide a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose. Government officials and businesses have instituted sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus. School closures, travel and event cancellation, remote work and social distancing have the potential to disrupt our lives physically, socially and economically.

The fund will support community needs identified by staff, our partners and requests from local nonprofits. Grants will be made to nonprofit agencies that are providing direct aid to impacted individuals and families in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Foundation leaders will be closely monitoring how the Coronavirus impacts our communities and will deploy resources to best meet evolving needs. 


Sierra Health Foundation: Donate4Sacramento COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

In the days and weeks ahead, the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will continue to present enormous challenges to the personal and professional lives of all who call the Sacramento region home. What has become clear in the first days of this national health emergency is that some of us are better positioned to manage these unprecedented changes than others. We know the crisis will have an even more challenging impact on small businesses, lower-wage workers and their families, and nonprofit organizations.


Public, private, labor and nonprofit leaders throughout the Sacramento region have joined forces to raise both awareness of what we as a community are confronting and resources that will be dedicated to help vulnerable populations and small businesses.


Our goal is to raise $1.5 million in private contributions to support the City of Sacramento’s $1.5 million investment. Our mission is to ensure families, individuals and businesses receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other needs. In short, we plan to do what Sacramentans always do in times of crisis – pull together and demonstrate the incredible power of a community that cares for all of its members.


We call on you to join us by becoming a supporter of Donate4Sacramento.


Sierra Health Foundation: Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund

Over the coming weeks and months, everyone in Northern California will continue to experience the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Yet, what we have learned over the past several weeks confirms that the health, economic, educational and social impacts will be felt most acutely by the most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them. This includes older adults, low-wage workers and their families, communities of color including Tribal communities, people who are living in poverty and/or rural isolation, under- and uninsured, unemployed and/or non-English-proficient residents and the nonprofit organizations who work with them.

The Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund will deploy grants to nonprofit organizations in our network as they work to meet needs in disproportionately impacted communities. We are accepting applications from our nonprofit community partners by invitation only, and we expect to begin making initial grants by mid-April. Please check back to find out which organizations will receive funding.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation: COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support lead organizations representing each of the nine Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges in their respective counties. Contributors can choose to support any of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano,  and Sonoma) in their efforts to address issues associated with COVID-19 coronavirus, or national response efforts managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund

Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will be administered by community foundations throughout the 10-county Bay Area region. The fund will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations serving one or more of the 10 counties.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Small Business Relief Fund

The economic and personal impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are growing and potentially devastating for small businesses in California and beyond. Due to drops in consumer demand, small businesses—more likely owned by immigrants, women and people of color— and their employees are affected more quickly and severely versus large firms. Even before a crisis, a significant portion of self-employed and small business owners had low and inconsistent incomes and were financially stressed. When small businesses fail, the owners, their families, their employees and whole communities suffer.


Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: Emergency Response Fund

The Tahoe Truckee Emergency Respond Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations that are working within our community and are impacted by COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and funding partners, TTCF is responding to local needs. One hundred percent (minus credit card processing fees) of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

TTCF has intentionally established this fund with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support our community as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis.


The Actors Fund: Emergency Financial Assistance

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization serving everyone working in performing arts and entertainment. The Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802. For information about contributing, contact Keith McNutt, Director of the Western Region.


The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County: Disaster Support Fund

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Foundation has opened its Disaster Support Fund and will waive all administrative fees to provide urgent assistance to organizations working in the impacted communities. Foundation grants will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are impacted by the Coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.


The East Bay Community Foundation: A Just East Bay Response

Hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation, COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations addressing the economic impact of the broader COVID-19 outbreak, including the immediate needs of communities and organizations affected by coronavirus-related closures. The Fund helps expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.


The Eisner Foundation: Rapid Response Fund

The Eisner Foundation Rapid Response Fund to Combat Social Isolation for Seniors

Social isolation was a growing problem in American society well before the COVID-19 pandemic. A third of older adults over 65 and half over 85 live alone, contributing to higher rates of loneliness—linked to increased cases of depression, cognitive decline and other serious health problems. Researchers have found that loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. As we are all urged to physically distance for our own protection and that of our neighbors, older adults are seeing their social lifelines disappear. This will have profound long- and short-term implications as physical and mental health outcomes worsen. We know that these adults can be real assets to our society, and if we allow social isolation to claim them, we risk losing these assets for good.

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, The Eisner Foundation has created a new Rapid Response grant program that will provide Los Angeles County-serving organizations with grants to serve older adults and combat social isolation. Ideally, these grants would invest in technological solutions or other logistical needs so that organizations can adapt quickly now, and have better infrastructure in place for their long-term work.

The Eisner Foundation has allocated $500,000 toward this effort, and grants will range from $5,000-50,000 (one-year terms). The application process is streamlined and expedited, and funds will be made available immediately. Intergenerational solutions are preferred. Special consideration will be given to current or recent TEF grantees, and current grant recipients are eligible.


The J. Paul Getty Trust: LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

The J. Paul Getty Trust has initiated a relief fund to support Los Angeles-based non-profit museums and visual arts organizations in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The fund will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and mid-size museums and nonprofit arts organizations that contribute so significantly to the region’s cultural and artistic diversity and are struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis.

CCF and Getty invite individuals and organizations to contribute to the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund aims to have an efficient and expedited review process so that recipient organizations receive funds in a timely fashion.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012


The UC-San Diego COVID-19 Response Discretionary Fund

The UC San Diego COVID-19 Response Discretionary Fund has been established to support our students, patients, caregivers, and community at this unprecedented moment for our university and the world. The fund will allow us to address the greatest needs in this evolving situation including critical supplies, expanded testing and diagnostics, supporting displaced and impacted members of the UC San Diego community, and research efforts to better understand and respond to COVID-19.


Tipping Point Community: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Today in the Bay Area, 1 in 5 people have less than $400 in savings. COVID-19 is only intensifying this financial strain due to loss in wages. For hourly workers, losing a shift can mean the difference in stable housing and eviction. Our grantees are already seeing the impact on the people they serve and are feeling the effects themselves. Tipping Point is committing $1 million in addition to this year’s core funding to support our network of grantees working on the frontlines. 100 percent of donations to Tipping Point go directly to its non-profits on the ground supporting vulnerable communities.

Low-income + unhoused people are relying on Bay Area non-profits more than ever before.


Tipping Point’s grantees connect with over 250,000 people annually, with most of these clients earning less than $32,000 a year. Demand for services has increased – and will likely skyrocket – as individuals and families struggle to get by due to loss of work and wages, increased need for childcare, inadequate health benefits, housing insecurity, and homelessness.


Our aim is to stabilize non-profits on the frontlines + get cash to our neighbors who need it the most.

Our steadfast philosophy is to provide flexible funds to the most promising organizations with proven leaders. We are distributing emergency funding as quickly as possible, with grants being given every two weeks. The majority of funding will be allocated to the non-profits in our portfolio with the greatest need. We are also looking into groups outside our portfolio to ensure we’re reaching as many people as possible who need support in this unparalleled time.



UndocuFund: Disaster Relief in Sonoma County

Donate to assist families impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your support for Undocufund will provide relief and support to undocumented families and individuals.


UndocuFundSF: Supporting Undocumented Workers

Our members are on the front lines.

We have created UndocuFund SF to serve our community as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies. Many of our undocumented community members work in temporary or low-wage jobs, without access to sick leave, unemployment or the ability to work remotely. Immigrants, many of them undocumented, do essential work that sustains us all. National and state relief plans do not include undocumented people in their plans for support. 

As every day passes without income, many people are having trouble meeting their basic needs such as feeding themselves and their families and paying their bills. Your support for UndocuFund-SF will provide relief and support to undocumented families and individuals. Please donate as generously as you can.


United Way California Capital Region: COVID-19 Local Relief Fund

UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

This platform will allow qualified low-income households to receive a one-time $500 allocation within 48 hours of applying. The platform also provides access to its long-term social networking component that has routinely demonstrated success in helping families achieve financial stability. UWCCR and FII will provide all of these services for free, allowing 100% of donations to go to those households who need help. 


United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Pandemic Relief Fund

As the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has announced the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.


United Way of San Diego County: COVID-19 San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative

United Way of San Diego County is hosting the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers.  

  • Who It’s For: Low-wage workers who need support for a limited but undetermined length of time
  • What The Money Goes Toward: Utilities and rent/mortgage payments
  • Aim: Complement the work of public health officials to prevent the need to enter the social services system of care and prevent homelessness

United Way of San Diego County is grateful for the support of The San Diego Foundation and SDG&E, who serve as lead investors of this initiative. We encourage you to join the effort to deploy much-needed capital into the hands of some of our most vulnerable neighbors.




United Way of Stanislaus County: COVID-19 Response

United Way of the Bay Area: COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

The United Way Bay Area COVID19 Community Relief Fund contributions will support local Bay Area organizations and their short term and long-term response services in four key impact areas: 2-1-1- information and referral, technology infrastructure, direct assistance funds, and worker support. 


United Way of the Inland Valleys: Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund - Direct Assistance

The Direct Assistance Fund is used to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 spread prevention measures such as assistance with rent, housing, food, utilities, healthcare costs, or unpaid sick time. Please see for additional information


United Ways of California: COVID-19 Response Fund

California United Ways have established a statewide relief fund to help those impacted by COVID-19. This goal of this fund is to relieve hardship for vulnerable working families, due to quarantine or disruption of income, to support the coordination of community relief efforts, and to ensure equity in the distribution of philanthropic resources across all of California. This statewide fund will complement regional United Way funds. 


Ventura County Community Foundation: 805 UndocuFund

The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and the coronavirus.

This fund has been reactivated in light of the serious consequences related to COVID-19 social distancing and the impacts these efforts are having on our undocumented neighbors. The 805 UndocuFund, based on a successful model after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California, will be overseen by immigrant rights groups including CAUSE, MICOP, and FLA, with funds managed by the Ventura County Community Foundation.


Ventura County Community Foundation: Rapid Response Fund

The purpose of the Rapid Response Fund is to support those organizations providing basic human needs to individuals and families in Ventura County. Funding can be used by these organizations to provide cash assistance to those they serve, which can allow for families to stay in their homes or address their needs. These organizations can also apply for funding to support their unrestricted operating expenses ensuring that these nonprofits may continue to fulfill their missions and serve Ventura County.


Women's Foundation of California: Relief and Resilience Fund

During this time of uncertain impacts on the health, safety and economic security of our communities, the Women’s Foundation of California will offer rapid response funding to current grantee partners through the Relief and Resilience Fund. Relief grants will help off-set costs incurred to maintain operations or adapt to health and financial impacts caused by COVID-19.


The Philanthropy California team compiles the list of resources below to help you navigate numerous aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
This page is updated daily. We hope that it will help you stay informed and take rapid actions to support our most vulnerable communities during this crisis.


Jump to:























Knowledge Centers

California Department of Public Health's: California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Candid: Funding For Coronavirus Resource Hub


Council on Foundations Resource Hub
Funders for LGBTQ Issues: LGBTQ Funding Resource Hub


Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: COVID-19 Resources
Los Angeles County Arts & Culture: COVID-19 Resources


National Council of Nonprofits COVID-19 Resource Hub


Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources


The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Resources for Employers and Workers


Back to Top


Thought Leadership: How Philanthropy Can Respond


Joint Philanthropy Serving Organization Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy's Response to the Coronavirus


Kathleen Kelly Janus: COVID-19—What Philanthropy Can Do
Advancing Equity and Justice Through Building Organizational Resilience: Philanthropy California's Q&A with Ana-Marie Jones
Responding to Disease and Disinvestment: Promoting Equity in Time of Crisis
FSG's Lauren Smith on Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do 
The California Endowment: Bob's Blog—How We Get Through This? Together.


Kaiser Family Foundation: What Issues Will Uninsured People Face with Testing and Treatment for COVID-19?


Back to Top


Public Policy


State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
Alliance for Justice: Nonprofit Advocacy and COVID-19


California Budget & Policy Center: How Should California Support Individuals and Families Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Crisis?


California Budget & Policy Center: A Regional Look at the Industries Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
California Budget & Policy Center: Californians With Low Incomes Will be Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
California Budget & Policy Center: California Industries Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Economic Shutdown


Bay Rising's List of Demands for Local and State Government to Broaden the Social Safety Net


Back to Top



Philanthropy California's Guidance for Philanthropic Communications in a Pandemic
Opportunity Agenda: Talking About Coronavirus—Centering Language around Inclusion, Empowerment, and Justice
Philanthropy at Its Best: Let your community know, 'We've got your back.' Speak out against xenophobia and racism.
My Brain Made Me Do It: Our brains are wired to misapprehend risk. Psychologists say that differing responses to coronavirus and the flu illustrate our shortcomings when it comes to evaluating danger.
The Communications Network: Crisis Comms Triage Kit
Million Voters Project: #RepresentCA—COVID-19 Messaging Guide


Frameworks Institute: Framing COVID-19


UPLIFT Messaging Guide: How Should We Talk About COVID-19?


Back to Top



Candid's Foundation Maps: Philanthropy's Response to Coronavirus
Tableau COVID-19 Data Hub
Othering & Belonging Institute: Mapping vulnerable populations in California


Back to Top


In-Language Resources

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging: Resources and Helplines Available in 8 Languages
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander In-Language Resources


Back to Top


Nonprofit Resilience


Chronicle of Philanthropy: Help for Nonprofits During the Coronavirus and Uncertain Economic Times
Center for Effective Philanthropy: Funders, the Time is Now to Talk Recession-Planning with Grantees
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: 6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronavirus Spread
Walter & Elise Haas Fund: Listening to the Nonprofit Community During COVID-19


Back to Top


Resources for Your Grantees

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act
Caravanserai Project: Emergency Intervention Guide for Non-Profit and Social Impact Organizations—Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis


Back to Top


Disability Inclusion

Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion: Recommended Resources on Disability and COVID-19
Respectability: COVID-19, Disability & Mental Health


Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: Preventing Discrimination in the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients


Back to Top


Health & Wellness


CDC's Guidance on Managing Anxiety & Stress
CDC's Guidance on Proper Handwashing
CDC's Guidance on Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette


Back to Top


Philanthropic California's Policy Brief on COVID-19 Testing


This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response. Philanthropy California takes on the questions we all want answers to – what are the types of tests, who can get tested, who pays for testing, what are the policy issues related to testing, and more.

Publication Date: April 7, 2020





CARES Bill: Breaking Down $2 Trillion Public Health and Economic Relief Package


Congress is poised to finalize the adoption of a $2 trillion public health and economic relief package, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday. Many of the details – how and to whom the money will flow – will remain uncertain as federal agencies will have to establish a framework to administer many of these programs. Congress will also consider additional relief bills with expectations of at least two more phases in the future to provide support. SCG will continue to analyze and update you on how such government dollars will be distributed.

Many of the social safety net programs critical to supporting vulnerable communities received increases in funding. However, because of the expanded public charge rules implemented by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year, many immigrants—even if eligible and unaffected—may not access these programs for fear that it would affect their immigration status in the United States. While these expanded rules apply to people seeking visas entering the United States or those who make an application for lawful permanent residency, confusion around these rules will mean that those most in need will not benefit from these critical resources. 

Publication Date: March 26, 2020







Philanthropy California Statements to Legislators


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act

Description of Position: Philanthropy California requested that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act (as proposed by Senate Majority Leader McConnell on March 19, 2020) include support for the nonprofit sector. Charitable organizations are a part of the frontline responders providing healthcare, food, shelter, and other critical services to those in need in our communities.

Publication Date: March 21, 2020







COVID-19 Public Policy Tracking


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201)

Topic: Disaster Response

Description of Bill: The second COVID-19 stimulus package ensured free coronavirus testing, including free testing for Americans without health insurance, provides $1 billion for food assistance programs, and waives federal work requirements for such government programs. It also requires employers to provide paid sick leave for employees and established a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Status: Signed into Law March 18, 2020





HUD: Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium (HUD NO 20-042)

Topic: Housing

Description of Bill: HUD announced a rule to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

Status: Issued March 18, 2020





USCIS: COVID-19 Exemption from Public Charge

Topic: Public Charge

Description of Bill: The federal government has clarified that all persons have symptoms that resemble coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.

Status: Interim Guidance issued March 17, 2020





Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 6074)

Topic: Disaster Response

Description of Bill:  This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, including USDA, CDC, NIH. In addition, the bill provides supplemental appropriations for
the Small Business Administration. The bill also includes a waiver removing restrictions on Medicare providers allowing them to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries regardless of whether the beneficiary is in a rural community.

Status: Signed into Law March 6, 2020





Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (IRS Section 139)

Topic: Tax

Description of Bill: The President’s declaration of a national emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the COVID-19 pandemic triggers the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 139 which provides guidance to employers for providing “emergency relief payments” to staff without those payments being considered as taxable income to the employee and exempts such payments from being subject to unemployment insurance taxes to the employer.

Status: Existing Law





Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions (EO N-37-20)

Topic: Housing

Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom places a moratorium on evictions for renters who, due to COVID-19, cannot pay rent. This prohibits courts and law enforcement from enforcing evictions. The renters must notify their landlords and maintains that the full rent amount must be paid in a timely manner.

Status: Issued March 27, 2020





California Obtains Federal Medi-Cal 1135 Waivers (Request for Section 1135 Waiver)

Topic: Medi-Cal Waivers

Description of Bill: The DHCS requests the federal government eases certain federal rules governing doctors and other health care providers who treat people covered through Medi-Cal, expands eligible telehealth coverage, and waive costs of COVID-19 related testing and treatment.

Status: Letter sent March 16, 2020; Waiver approved March 23, 2020 by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services





Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Suspend Standardized Testing for Students in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak (EO N-30-20)

Topic: Education

Description of Bill: Waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 school.

Status: Issued March 18, 2020; Authorized March 20, 2020 by US Department of Education





Governor Newsom Authorizes $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19 (EO N-32-20)

Topic: Housing

Description of Bill: Grants flexibility to local governments to spend their emergency homelessness funding on immediate solutions tailored to combatting COVID-19 and its impacts on the homeless population; also waives regulatory conditions for expanding housing options for unhoused individuals.

Status: Issued March 18, 2020





Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services (EO N-29-20)

Topic: Social Safety Net

Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom waives eligibility redeterminations for 90-days in light of COVID-19 ensuring that Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks, or other TANF programs will not lose access to these social safety net programs.

Status: Issued March 18, 2020





COVID-19 Emergency Funding (SB 89)

Topic: Increase the delivery of life saving care and protect Californians during the COVID-19 health crisis

Description of Bill: The bill provides $500 million in funding, which can be increased in $50 million increments up to a total not to exceed $1 billion. The bill’s funding will enable: Leasing and activating two hospitals; Providing hotel beds for people experiencing homelessness, and helping local efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless population; reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless population; Funding In-Home Supportive Services/Adult Protective Services strike teams to support senior isolation.

Status: Signed into Law March 16, 2020





COVID-19 Education Finance (SB 117)

Topic: School Funding

Description of Bill: This emergency funding bill includes provisions to Increase protective equipment, supplies, and cleaning for schools It also ensures districts will not lose expected revenue over Coronavirus-related closures.

Status: Signed into Law March 16, 2020





Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure (EO N-26-20)

Topic: School Meals

Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom safely provides school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Status: Issued March 13, 2020





Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expedite Unemployment and Disability Benefits (EO N-25-20)

Topic: Business

Description of Bill: This statewide Executive Order by Governor Newsom waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19; Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.

Status: Issued March 12, 2020




Stay Connected: Join Our Mailing List!