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July 15, 2021
UniHealth Foundation Commits $3 million in Relief for COVID-19

The Board and staff of UniHealth Foundation appreciate everything that our grantees and community partners are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to being a responsive funder focused on increasing healthcare access to the underserved. We are proud to announce that we have committed $3 million in emergency response funding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These dollars will be distributed through pooled funds, primarily in collaboration with our philanthropic partners throughout Southern California.

We are thankful for the necessary work currently being accomplished by our community’s non-profit organizations, first responders, and various healthcare providers. We continue to be grateful, inspired, and humbled by the crucial work they are doing on the frontlines in these difficult times.

UniHealth Foundation remains committed to working closely with our partners.

  • We will work with grantees to understand their current challenges and adapt our grantmaking where it makes sense.
  • We will strategize both a short and long-term plan to support our community partners as they respond to this crisis.
  • We will learn and adapt from our grantees and reflect how we might apply these lessons to improve our work as a funder.
We wish everyone safety, health, and wellness during this difficult time.


UniHealth Foundation has committed $3 million in emergency response funding to the COVID-19 pandemic to the following organizations. These dollars will be distributed through the following organizations and pooled funds. Please click on the links below to learn more about their work.

UniHealth Foundation is appreciative of all of the responses and efforts underway with our philanthropic partners to quickly address the emerging needs from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some of their efforts.

Sempra Energy Foundation
Nonprofit Hardship Fund will provide expedited grants to a range of small to medium-sized non-profit serving the health, education, welfare or social services needs of individuals and families significantly affected by COVID-19.

Central Valley Community Foundation
Emergency Response Fund to help CV r region meet the developing challenges linked with this virus such as food distribution, support for healthcare workers, public education.

Community Foundation for the Valleys
Fund for San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys Nonprofits grants to nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys that are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19-related economic downturn.

Entertainment Industry Foundation
COVID-19 Response Fund will provide relief to people in the entertainment industry who are most vulnerable to the effects of this economic crisis and to support the prevention, detection, and treatment of new cases of COVID-19.

IE Funders Alliance
Rapid Response Fund will provide support for nonprofits providing services to vulnerable populations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Funders to End Homelessness San Diego
COVID Response Fund will provide support to nonprofit organizations in two waves: 1. Core operating grants to eligible backbone organizations that serve as information and service hubs for networks of nonprofit organizations. 2. Core operating grants to support nonprofits serving vulnerable populations.

Coronavirus Relief Fund to help stop the virus’s spread and give communities on the front lines of the crisis the resources they need to act quickly and protect the most vulnerable.

Hispanics in Philanthropy
COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees.

Inland Empire Community Foundation
IE COVID 19 Resilience Fund -to assist local nonprofit organizations working to respond to this public health crisis.

Health Net Telehealth Capacity Solutions for Network Providers
One-time funding to California safety net clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and independent provider practices to help build telehealth capacity and capability.

Jewish Community Foundation San Diego
Public Health Response to COVID-19 Fund to support research, logistics, communications, and data management as well as efforts to acquire necessary equipment, and build appropriate, temporary facilities.

Latino Community Foundation Love
Love Not Fear Fund to support Latino-led organizations that provide wrap-around services to the most vulnerable, especially undocumented seniors and families that have lost wages living in the Inland Area and Central Valley.

Liberty Hill Foundation
COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing to support immediate community organizing needs on the frontlines and fuel emergency advocacy efforts to protect the most vulnerable during t the COVID-19 crisis.

Mayors Fund for Los Angeles
The Angeleno Fund will provide direct financial assistance for families experiencing extreme financial hardship, including immigrants or independent workers who will not qualify for other benefits.

National Domestic Workers Alliance
Coronavirus Care Fund will provide immediate financial support for domestic workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy.

OC Community Resilience Fund
The OC Community Resilience Fund seeks to strengthen and support community-based organizations that serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PANA San Diego County
San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund will provide small, one-time grants to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs.

Pasadena Community Foundation
COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to Pasadena-based organizations as they respond to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and quarantines.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund will provide funding to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community; zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed; and a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

San Diego Community Foundation
San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County.

San Diego North County Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
San Diego North County/North County COVID 19 Response provides general operating support for organizations based in North County San Diego and/or directly serving the basic needs of vulnerable populations in North County San Diego in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Santa Barbara Foundation
COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County provides assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sierra Health Foundation
The Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund will deploy grants to nonprofit organizations in our network as they work to meet needs in disproportionately impacted communities.

The Actors Fund
Emergency Financial Assistance Program helps eligible applicants in need for basic living necessities.

The J. Paul Getty Trust
LA Arts COVID 19 Relief Fund will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and mid-size museums and nonprofit arts organizations that contribute so significantly to the region’s cultural and artistic diversity and are struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis.

UC San Diego
COVID-19 Response Discretionary Fund established to address the needs including critical supplies, expanded testing and diagnostics, supporting displaced and impacted members of the UC San Diego community, and research efforts to better understand and respond to COVID-19.

United Way the Inland Valleys
The Direct Assistance Fund is used to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 spread prevention measures such as assistance with rent, housing, food, utilities, healthcare costs, or unpaid sick time.

United Way of California
COVID 19 Response Fund will relieve hardship for vulnerable working families, due to quarantine or disruption of income, will support the coordination of community relief efforts, and will ensure equity in the distribution of philanthropic resources across all of California.

Ventura County Community Foundation
Rapid Response Fund will support organizations providing basic human needs to individuals and families in Ventura County. Funding can be used by these organizations to provide cash assistance to those they serve, to stay in their homes or address their needs. These organizations can also apply for funding to support their unrestricted operating expenses.

Women’s Foundation of California
Relief and Resilience Fund will provide relief grants to help off-set costs incurred to maintain operations or adapt to health and financial impacts caused by COVID-19.

Many of UniHealth Foundation’s grantees have developed COVID-19 specific community programs. Here is a list of some of the work that they are doing to address the community need.

American Red Cross
Providing meals to LAUSD students & families.

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Providing a range of services including meal/food distribution; online curricula and virtual lessons and resources; blood drives; childcare for essential front line workers & first responders; showers for unsheltered individuals; and expanded supplies distribution with diapers, formula, wipes, baby bottles.

CSU Shirley Institute for Palliative Care
Palliative care courses and resources to support healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orange County United Way
Pandemic Relief Fund – direct support such as rental, food, utility, and other emergency assistance to low-income, housing insecure individuals and families; materials and supplies to prevent the spread of disease, as well as increasing the overall capacity of homeless shelters; and support for vital community services.

Dignity Health
Virtual Urgent Care Visits for anyone experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Bet Tzedek
Virtual Community Conversation, a series of half-hour videoconference calls designed to help the community understand how their rights are impacted by COVID-19.

New Directions for Veterans
Emergency Funds to help provide emergency clothing, basic hygiene necessities, and additional resources to hire temporary staff.

John Wesley Community Health (JWCH)
Health centers are open and serving patients and through telehealth and telemental health.

Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC)
For member clinics offering COVID-19 training & webinars; clinical & guidelines; business operations, business operations, community educational materials.

The Cambodian Family Community Center
Ensuring access to COVID-19 information and education, complimentary internet services, food access, free lunches for youth, remote tutoring sessions; telephonic health & mental for seniors, unemployment application assistance, MediCal/Food Stamp enrollments and updates on census.

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Free platform is for supportive housing providers to share resources and best practices, and ask questions of peers around what’s happening light of the current pandemic.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
COVID-19 tools, resources & advice on accessing CARES Act loan programs.

Keck School of Medicine
USC Street Medicine Team is providing primary care and education for the homeless on COVID-19.

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