Leading San Diego in caring for its most vulnerable citizens

About Us

The Lucky Duck Foundation’s mission since 2017 has been to alleviate the suffering of San Diego County’s homeless population. LDF has directed millions of dollars to fund bridge shelters, employment programs, transportation, community care kits, meals and other critical services for the homeless. More…

What We Do

Because we believe homelessness is San Diego’s number one issue, we fund, activate and lead high-impact, collaborative programs that alleviate the suffering of homelessness throughout San Diego City & County. More…

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We Need Your Help

Homelessness is San Diego’s number-one social service issue.

Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness – including young people who’ve aged out of the foster care system, veterans, families with young children, and seniors – need our help now more than ever. 
 
According to the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the number of new homeless people in San Diego County shockingly increased 79% in 2020. And first-time homelessness increased 81%. In the previous year, pre-COVID, these numbers had declined 3% and 6% respectively.
 
From 2017 to 2019, while homelessness increased significantly throughout California, it decreased in San Diego County. During those years, homelessness dropped in San Diego County by a total of 16%. Unsheltered homelessness decreased by 29%. This was largely because of the bridge shelters that LDF funded and the opening of city-owned properties to serve as shelters for which LDF advocated.
 
Then COVID-19 hit. And while the temporary conversion of the convention center to a shelter was effective, the number of people trying to survive on the streets now is nothing short of tragic.
 
For these reasons and more, we are focused on taking steps that immediately alleviate the suffering of homelessness – such as funding bridge shelters, funding job training and employment opportunities for those experiencing homelessness, advocating for converting underutilized government-owned properties into shelters, distributing coats that fold into sleeping bags, and reaching 1,000 people daily through our food and water outreach initiative.
 
If you believe homelessness is an urgent crisis that must be addressed immediately using sound business principles and bang-for-your-buck investments, and if you believe you are luckier than most and that, like the Lucky Duck Foundation, you are called to help our community, we encourage you to get involved and share your luck today.

News & Updates

LDF Featured on Good Morning America’s “GMA3”

Good Morning America’s “GMA3″featured LDF’s employment program which hires Salvation Army shelter residents to be food rescue route drivers. Feeding San Diego provides the food rescue routes and a vehicle, and the Lucky Duck Foundation provides funding to cover all wages, gas and maintenance.

Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove endorses the Lucky Duck Foundation

  Padres pitcher and San Diego native Joe Musgrove is the only Padres pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter. When he’s not winning games for the Padres he’s supporting our efforts. Thank you, Joe, for your work to address homelessness throughout San Diego County!

Portland’s KOIN News Outlet Highlights LDF and ‘Cash for Trash’ as Homelessness Response Models to Learn From

“Portlanders can’t solely rely on City Hall. Budgets and well-intentioned plans, as well as mayors and city council members, come and go. Portland isn’t San Diego. But the city might learn from how the Lucky Duck Foundation is confronting homeless problems — involving local businesses and community leaders who are committed to taking action, finding solutions and holding policy leaders accountable.”

Lucky Duck Foundation, Feeding San Diego & The Salvation Army collaboration has rescued 500,000 lbs. of food, and, all graduates are employed and still housed

The homeless employment collaboration between the Lucky Duck Foundation, The Salvation Army and Feeding San Diego has reached a milestone: more than 500,000 lbs. of food have been rescued and all graduates have secured full-time employment and are still housed.

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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 15, 2022 @ 1:47pm
We invite you to join us at our 14th Annual Swing & Soirée at @TheSantaluzClub! All proceeds will support our many programs to alleviate homelessness, including shelters, job training and employment opportunities, food & water, & much more. Tickers here: https://t.co/iAfzGTvK6R https://t.co/wjJ0Am8pWn
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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 15, 2022 @ 4:45pm

Swing & Soirée tickets are officially on sale! We invite you to join us at our 14th Annual Swing & Soirée Presented by the Gall Hale Team at RBC Wealth Management on September 26th at The Santaluz Club in San Diego. All proceeds from the...