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COVID-19 Response Fund - Deadline is May 28th
Just over $10,000 to reach goal!

Any amount is appreciated. $10, $20 or more. Please give what you can.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for many and that you may not be able to donate at this time, but if you can, please donate today.


Nature still matters. Our River still matters.
Your support is needed today. Thank you!

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About the Fund

The San Diego River Park Foundation has a critical role during the COVID-19 Crisis.

  1. Our River Assessment Field Team immediately adapted to meet the needs of the COVID-19 crisis. The San Diego River has historically been a place of a signficant homeless population, often in dense vegetation. Our teams increase their documentation of the encampments to provide this critical information to public agencies and NGOs to get COVD-19 assistance to these hard to reach areas. With this rapidly moving population, we need to increase the frequency of our surveys to cover every area along 20+ miles of the River every two weeks. We have had success already connecting nearly 30 people to services with our partner PATH.

    For their safety, we have had to reduce volunteer participation on our survey teams, and therefore, we need to increase the use of our trained field staff. Agencies like the City of San Diego depend upon this data to direct health care, food support and other services to people living in these encampments. Funding will allow this program to continue to provide this vital service.

  2. We are increasing our online nature education programs to respond to educators requests to continue to provide nature learning experiences to 100s of kids who are at home for the rest of the school year.

  3. Some funding sources are not as reliable as before, and this has led us to minimize staff and other expenses by more than 20%. Financial support from the SBA and other COVID-19 responses is being pursued but is uncertain. In the short-term, donations will help us get through this as we explore all options available.


Our RAFT (River Assessment Field Team)
has been adapted to help public agencies document homeless encampment along 20+ miles of the River and in canyons. As a leading national expert - we can quickly mobilize this program to increase documentation of these encampments so public agencies and social service agencies can contact individuals and provide critical health services and food. For their safety we have reduced the use of volunteers except for our most trained ones which means we need to increase the use of our trained and experienced field staff. At the same time, more frequent surveys are needed. In the first week, we increased from two surveys to eight surveys! This is the minimum needed to document sufficiently so all encampments can be reached during this crisis, and we can document the movement of the encampments as well as plan for cleanup activities once we can re-engage volunteers.

Our Education program has been asked to adapt our field education programs to provide important content for distant learning programs San Diego area kids (and parents) while kids are required to say at home. Providing nature connections is important during these times. We have expenses associated with making this transition. Staff and volunteers will be helping with this transition while they work from their homes.

The COVD-19 Response Fund will be used to support these two initiaves as well as our efforts to provide nature connections to all who are at home. We will work as hard as we can to help people maintain their nature connections during these challenging times. Please follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram). Thanks!

"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot."
Aldo Leopold

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By donating at least $10, you will become a Friend of the River Park for one year. If you are already a Friend, thank you for "renewing" or making an "additional" gift.

If you prefer, you can also focus a gift on a specific need or program. Since that is a "restricted" gift it will only be used for that purpose. We would love the opportunity to discuss with you how you would like to make an impact!


INSTANT IMPACT: Small Amounts = Big Impact

$600 Replacement Cell-Ready Wildlife Camera. A new remote camera will help allow us to capture over the Internet wildlife images without having to travel to a remote location. The camera is an important tool in our efforts to conserve land for badgers, bobcats, mountain lions and other species. During these times it is a great way for people to feel a connection to nature.


April 6th Update: $400 left to raise! Thank you Judy, 1502 Candle Co., Elizabeth!


  • Discovery Center at Grant Park Building Fund - Current Phase
    Project is on a brief hold until the Coronavirus Crisis ends. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Rob Hutsel, our CEO at or 619-244-7024.

  • Rebuild our Land Acquisition Fund - Goal is $20,000
    Even during these tragic times, conserving land remains a priority. We need to be ready to act quickly if an undeveloped property in the upper reaches of the River goes on the market for development.
    Read more

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COVID - 19
Response Fund

if you have donated!

Pat & Don Krebs
Marty O'Connor
Breegan O'Hearn
Marti Kranzberg
Betsy & Lea Rudee
Susan Cardinal
Karen & Rich Orr
Amy Schmitz
Anne Scott
Al Field
Wayne Seim
Bob and Joellen Collins
Mary & Nick Cowell
Pam Fair & Glen Sullivan
Sempra Employee Giving Network
Sempra Energy Foundation

Michael-Evans Laying
Sandra Castellanos
Alina Talbott
Ian Foran
Charles Gyselbrecht
Theresa Acerro
Don Endicott
Lindy Harshberger
Tripp Spraque
Barbara Rosner
Gary Mitrovich
Glenn Perelson
Barbara Morton
Philip Erdelsky
Terri Johnson
Paulette & Jerry Begin
Laurel Kelly
Marina Varano
Meghan Macdonald
Frank Chaco
Virgnia Buerger
Fred Adesso
Maxwell Blaine
Karen Begin
Dana Smith
Keith Larson
Jean Molentin
Daniel Ogas
Linda Stafford
Clint & Kim Williams Family
Stephen Haase
Theresa Donche
Jean-Pierre Gendron
Sarah Wilson
Tracey Rivera
Michelle McDowell
James Pea
Victoria Mature
Jack McGrory
John & Kathi Kennedy
Nonprofit Insurance Alliance Gilbert Fund
Cory Downs
Tracy Ebba on behalf of the San Diego Area Hash House Harriers
Meghan Macdonald
Steve Buckley
Armando Navarro
Marta Tabares
Rita-Maria Kafalas-May
Eugene Fosnight
Lois Fetzer
Naomi Ann Grant
Alan Grant
Jim Dawe
James Ryan
Charles Berwanger
Cindy Scheevel
Adam Frandson
Carolyn Plou
Michele Tondreau
Sierra Ullrich
Michael Beck
American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter
Bill Shaw
Geoffrey Smith &
Camille Armstrong
Barbara & Jim Peugh
Susan Mason
Cathy Bartels
James Oliver
Bharath Ramaswamy
Barbara & John Palan
Gail Sevrens
Steven Slovyan
James Potter
Cheryl Friday
Shawn Flannigan
Lauren Edwards
Martin Offenhauer
James Lamm
Network for Good
Cary Lowe
Angus Henderson
Sara Manyak
Constance Jennings
Laurel Nishida Charitable Gift Fund
Matthew Pendergraft
Greg Bishop
Cynthia Pencek
Philip Fry
Peter & Raydene St. Clair
Mike Schneider
Elizabeth Bruton
Bill Dahnke
Phil Pryde
Georgina Betancourt
Thomas Slimstone
Sharon Singleton
Fred Kramer
Tiffany Swiderski
David Hamrah
Glorene Franco
Phyllis Berger
Dan Tauber
Lynette Humphrey
Jim Royle
Gary Sagunsky
Shannon Quigley
Carolyn Bollman
Steven Gelb
I Heng Huang
Dave Brown Coaching
Mark St. John &
Craig Scott
Charles Edward Nelson
Karen Begin
Rob Hutsel

Updated: 5/9/2020

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