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 announced 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

San Diego Senior Center Coalition participants on Zoom

Senior Center Coalition Inspires Creativity and Collaboration to Benefit Older San Diegans

The San Diego Senior Center Coalition brings together senior center directors from around the county to discuss ideas, make new connections, and share success stories.

SDSCF Board Member Derek Quackenbush speaks to KUSI

News Report: SDSCF Announces First Grants From $1 Million No Senior Alone Initiative

Weeks after launching the $1 million No Senior Alone initiative, SDSCF announced our first round of grant awards. Board member Derek Quackenbush talked to KUSI about the work our grantees are doing.

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San Diego Workforce Partnership Program Connects Older Workers With Opportunities

San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Aging Workforce Program offers skill-building workshops and paid 150-hour “returnships” to seniors who are looking for work.

SDSCF grantees speak at a virtual press conference held on Zoom

Press Release: SDSCF Announces Nearly $200,000 in Grants to Organizations Supporting Isolated Seniors Across the County

San Diego Seniors Community Foundation awarded grants to nine local nonprofits for programs that support isolated seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.