Investing in the San Diego Senior Community
It’s time to make a profound change in philanthropic giving. Currently, less than 3% of all private philanthropic dollars in the United States are directed towards senior programs and causes. This staggering statistic highlights an urgent need for transformation, and our Senior Community Foundation in San Diego is leading the charge.
We are committed to providing both immediate and long-term resources to organizations that tirelessly work to improve the lives of local seniors. By supporting these organizations, we create a ripple effect that reaches far into the future, ensuring that generations to come will benefit from your generosity. Furthermore, we aim to create a permanent endowment that will serve as a lasting legacy, guaranteeing that the needs of seniors are met for years to come, regardless of economic fluctuations or shifting priorities.
23% of the San Diego senior population (ages 65+) does not have enough income to meet basic needs, including housing, food, and medicine.
Innovating & Empowering Senior Centers
Research has unequivocally shown that senior center participants experience higher levels of good health, social enrichment, and life satisfaction. A study done by AARP found nearly 90% of seniors express a strong desire to age in their own homes, senior centers become vital gateways to the aging network, not only for older adults but also for their children and relatives seeking answers about the aging process.
Senior Orphans - Senior Loneliness and Isolation
Senior orphans face a daunting prospect - aging without anyone to care for them. They are at heightened risk of social isolation, elder abuse, and serious health concerns. In fact, social isolation has been dubbed the new “silent killer,” with its negative health impacts equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Senior Homelessness Prevention
The fastest-growing segment of the homeless population - elder adults. As the local senior population is projected to double in the next decade, the number of unsheltered seniors is expected to continue to rise dramatically.
In 2021, family caregivers contributed an estimated $600 billion worth of care, a testament to their selflessness and commitment. These caregivers, balancing the needs of both young and old, are the backbone of our community. It is imperative that we recognize their invaluable contributions and provide them with the support they need.
Policy and Advocacy for Older San Diegans
At the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation, we recognize the critical role of public policy in ensuring the health, well-being, and quality of life of our senior population. As advocates for positive change, we are committed to becoming a thought leader in the local aging network and influencing policies and procedures that directly impact seniors.
Senior’s Sense of Purpose – Volunteerism and Return to Workforce
Research has shown that seniors who remain engaged in work and volunteerism experience numerous benefits. They gain a sense of purpose, which has been linked to increased longevity and overall well-being. By providing opportunities for seniors to go back to work and engage in meaningful volunteer activities, we are not only enhancing their lives but also fostering a stronger and more vibrant community.
Elder Fraud Prevention
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center data has reported staggering statistics, with San Diego alone witnessing $22.5 million in losses and over 450 victims between January and May of the current year. Nationally, financial exploitation of the elderly has seen an 84% increase from 2021 to 2022. The "Grandparent Fraud" scheme, which uses advanced techniques to deceive older adults into providing bail money for fake family members, underscores the urgency of this initiative. By educating and empowering seniors with practical precautions, the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation partners with the local FBI Elder Fraud Task Force and the DA's office conducting educational seminars and resources for seniors and their families with the aim to protect vulnerable citizens and curb the activities of these malicious scammers, urging victims to come forward and report incidents for swift law enforcement action.
Intergenerational Programs / Grandparents Raising Grandkids
Fostering meaningful connections between different age groups. By bringing seniors and youth together, we create an environment that promotes mutual understanding, learning, and growth. Through intergenerational programs, we can combat this isolation and empower seniors to actively participate in their communities again.
Ways to Give
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. Help ensure that all seniors have someone they can turn to and trust.