Our Vision & Mission

No Senior Alone

Help end social isolation for San Diego’s most vulnerable seniors during COVID-19

SDSCF Announces $1 Million No Senior Alone Initiative in Partnership With the Sahm Family Foundation

A recent report from AARP confirmed that social isolation among older people has reached epidemic levels during COVID-19. The health effects of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and women are most at risk. We at San Diego Seniors Community Foundation have decided to do something about it.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 we held a press conference to announce our No Senior Alone initiative, which aims to raise $1 Million for isolated seniors with help from a $500K matching grant from the Sahm Family Foundation. We were joined by Congressman Juan Vargas, along with local health and aging experts who gave a special briefing on the social isolation crisis.

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Our Vision and Mission

We envision a world where older adults enjoy a healthy, dynamic way of life. Where they are socially connected, physically active, and meaningfully engaged in their communities. Where all San Diegans can age with dignity and have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Our mission is to increase awareness and action toward issues impacting seniors and to increase philanthropy to senior-focused organizations. Together, we can create a future where seniors are no longer vulnerable but vibrant.

A Looming Crisis

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Latest Research

Read San Diego Seniors Community Foundation’s report on the state of San Diego senior centers.

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.

News & Updates

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An End to Social Isolation: SDSCF Announces COVID-19 Response Grants

In partnership with the Sahm Family Foundation, SDSCF is making COVID-19 response grants to senior centers and service providers to expand programs and pilot new ways to mitigate the harmful effects of social isolation.

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Philanthropy 101: Endowments – A Key to Sustainability

In this installment of our Philanthropy 101 series, we explore how nonprofit organizations can achieve long-term sustainability with the help of carefully managed endowment funds.

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The Payroll Tax Holiday and Social Security: What You Need to Know

While a temporary payroll tax holiday may offer relief to some, a permanent cut could destabilize Social Security and Medicare, threatening the benefits of roughly 65 million older Americans.

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A Path Forward for Older People in California: Inside the Master Plan for Aging

As a stakeholder in the development of a more expansive and dynamic network of supports for older adults in our region, SDSCF submitted a policy recommendation to operationalize the Master Plan for Aging goals by investing in community senior centers.