Our Vision & Mission

We envision a world where the senior population of San Diego County is nurtured into a healthy, dynamic way of life; where they are socially connected, physically active and a vital element of our community.

Our mission is to transition San Diego seniors from vulnerable to vibrant, through the power of philanthropy—and that no local senior is left without access to the resources to thrive.

A Looming Crisis

  • San Diego's senior population is expected to double by 2030.
  • 33% of seniors over age 65 live alone.
  • 2 out of 5 seniors in San Diego County live at or below the poverty level.
  • 1 in 20 seniors experience elder abuse in their lifetimes.
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We Need Your Help

The San Diego Senior Community Foundation is working to improve the quality of life for seniors in our region through the power of philanthropy. Currently, less than 2% of charitable giving nationwide is directed toward programs for senior citizens. By giving to SDSCF, you can be sure that your money is going to fund initiatives, programs, and infrastructure that will directly support seniors in San Diego. Together we can ensure that all seniors have someone they can turn to and trust.

From the Blog

West Grant Funds New Emergency Room for Seniors at UCSD

The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health exemplifies the way philanthropy can benefit San Diego’s older adults

Photo by Alice Hampson on Unsplash

Planning to retire at 65? Think again.

Ethics-based investigative journalism site ProPublica paints a grim portrait of life in the American workforce after age 50

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Does the future of senior living lie in Margaritaville?

‘New York Times Magazine’ explores a new Jimmy Buffett-branded retirement community in Florida, which prompts bigger and more serious questions about aging in America

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‘Things are going to be dramatically changing’

A recent Los Angeles Times article on the “graying of California” explains the impending senior crisis and highlights the urgent need for us all to mobilize in support of seniors.