Resources from the San Diego COVID-19 Funder Response Weekly Calls

Publication date: 
April, 2020

San Diego Grantmakers is hosting a weekly funder call to discuss responses to the impacts of COVID-19 in this region. Below are resources related to each call. To learn more about regional and statewide response funds, view Philanthropy California's COVID-19 Response page.

March 19, 2020: COVID-19 Response Funds

During the call, leaders including Sarah Lyman, Executive Director of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Beth Sirull, President & CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Nancy Sasaki, President & CEO of United Way San Diego, and Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation, shared philanthropic responses to address the impacts of COVID-19 in this region. Discussion included how we can best support those who are addressing the growing needs of those most impacted by this crisis.

March 26, 2020: Childcare response & data about nonprofit stability

In this funder briefing call, experts shared our region's most pressing needs around early childhood and childcare in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. The Nonprofit Institute also shared some insight on the results from their survey on the impact COVID-19 is having on our nonprofit sector.

April 2, 2020: Public Response Funds and how NGOs can access them

Participants got an in-depth look at how the Senate stimulus bill will bring additional federal resources to California, how the bill will affect communities and our social safety net, and what federal assistance may support nonprofits. 

The discussion covered the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, obstacles that may face the communities and nonprofit sector in accessing federal resources, and opportunities for philanthropy to engage.

April 9, 2020: Homelessness

Philanthropic and public funders shared updates about steps taken to support the health and well-being of individuals and families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Invited speakers include representatives from San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the County Board of Supervisors, the City of San Diego, and Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego.

April 16, 2020: Food Systems, Workers, Access, and Security

In this call, speakers provided an overview of food security needs in response to the impacts of COVID-19 in this region and a shared discussion about how individuals and institutions can support nonprofit organizations in their response and those individuals who are most impacted - low-income families, health-compromised individuals, small businesses, and more. ​

April 23, 2020: Treatments, cures, and vaccines: The science of COVID-19

Scripps Research Institute CEO Dr. Peter Schultz and researchers Dr. Topol and Dr. Burton talked about the scientific research and progress on treatment, prevention, and cure.

Below are some of the questions the speakers were unable to answer due to time and have since followed up with responses:

Q: One of the speakers referred to a Pandemic Center that will focus on response to this and other pandemics.  Other than Gates Foundation, how will this be funded and what is the timing? 

A: This will be funded through philanthropy. This is a priority for the Institute as it is critical for our public health, so we will start as soon as we have the financial resources. There are many components to the project that provide exciting funding opportunities. 

Q: Has a surface life or heat resistance/killing temperature been determined yet?

A: Surface life is very limited for the amount of virus left over days. Heat resistance is still not clear.

Q: Do you think the work on remyelination would apply to therapeutics for the peripheral nervous system? For apilimod, what are the reasons behind choosing a ferret and cat model, as opposed to other model organisms? 

A: Yes for remyelination as the stem cell precursors are in the periphery as well. Ferrets get virus to grow quickly like us and cats get the same respiratory symptoms as us.

May 7, 2020: Bridging the Digital Divide

The digital divide has been top of mind for many funders seeking to address distance learning across populations. From getting tablets into the hands of every student, to ensuring internet connectivity, funders and businesses have been leading the way to meet this critical moment of need. This week, we dug deeper on local response and a look at the nonprofit sector's own digital divide.

May 28, 2020: COVID-19 in the CaliBaja Region

California and Baja California have some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases of any state in their respective countries. The primary strategy to save lives during this pandemic has been isolation. At the border, this has meant restricting movement among our two countries, affecting both states negatively socially and economically. 

How can grantmakers support the CaliBaja region and its people move through this health and economic crisis?

June 11, 2020: Mutual Aid

In this call, we heard from community organizers who utilize the internet and word-of-mouth referrals to reach neighbors who urgently need food, diapers, and other critical items, but who cannot physically make it to the store or for whom it isn't safe for them to do so. Mutual aid is a coordinated system of dedicated volunteers who check-in with and look out for each other, connecting people who can help to those who need it without putting anyone's health at further risk.

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