Philanthropy has played a unique role when unanticipated challenges suddenly hit. Nonprofits and individual funders can move quickly and more efficiently to mobilize resources and help those in need. During the following situations, and many more, we have provided fundholders with our “Know. Act. Give.” resource to inform and assist donors deploy their philanthropic funds, to great effect. If you want to respond to an emergency situation and would like to learn about vetted organizations to support, please email us here.

Invasion of Ukraine

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Our fund holders are supporting a wide array of organizations, and while this is not a comprehensive list, it does provide a resource for your information.

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Kyiv Ukraine

San Diego Jewish Community Emergency Fund

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and Leichtag Foundation partnered to establish the San Diego Jewish Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The accelerating scale of COVID-19 required a coordinated, streamlined response to support those who were most vulnerable and impacted in San Diego’s Jewish community. These critical situations demand that we come together as a Jewish community to care for the most vulnerable among us.

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San Diego Jewish Community Emergency Fund

Racial Justice

May 2020
The slaying of George Floyd and ensuing civic unrest in San Diego and around the country demonstrated the seemingly intractable racism in our society. As a people steeped in slavery and anti-Semitism, it is incumbent upon us to work toward a more just, equitable and peaceful society.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – No Place for Hate

Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce

Equal Justice Initiative

National Urban League

Stand with Chabad of Poway

April 2019
Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation joined together to create a fund that met the immediate physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the victims of the Chabad of Poway tragedy and those impacted.

California Wildfires

November 2018
California saw the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state’s history. With over 60 people dead and 300,000 people evacuated from their homes statewide, 9,000 plus brave firefighters fought fires across the state.

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

The Humane Society of Ventura County

Relief in Indonesia

October 2018
Indonesia suffered great devastation with five major earthquakes, landslides, and a tsunami, all within a few months. The islands of Lombok and Sulawesi were hit the hardest, with approximately 1,900 deaths, 420,000 people displaced, and 191,000 in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The Leichtag Foundation

Hurricane Recovery

September 2017
After Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas and left hundreds of thousands of people without power or access to food and safe drinking water and Hurricane Irma brought death and destruction to Florida, emergency shelters were stressed and aid was desperately needed. Municipal services, roads, schools, and community institutions were shut down, creating a challenge for rescue workers who were trying to reach the thousands of people stranded.

NECHAMA, Jewish Response to Disaster

Greater Houston Community Foundation

Houston Food Bank

Feeding Florida

The Miami Foundation

Crisis in Israel

October 2015
Terrible violence was spreading in Israel, with multiple terrorist attacks resulting in many deaths and injuries. While mourning the losses and praying that calm will be restored, security in Israel remained a challenge.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County – Fund for the Victims of Terror American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)

American Friends of Magen David Adom