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

Lucky Duck Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Campaign will raise funds to distribute more than 3,000 Empowerment Plan sleeping bag coats throughout San Diego County

Effort includes dollar-for-dollar matching donations from the San Diego Foundation & San Diego Padres Foundation

Lucky Duck Foundation’s Executive Committee Inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Peter Seidler, Dan Shea, and Pat & Stephanie Kilkenny for each being inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor recognizes local business leaders for their business excellence, inspiring leadership, and commitment to serving as a role model for youth.

SD Metro Cover Story: NBA Hall of Famer and San Diegan Bill Walton is Not Standing by Silent any Longer

Because of Walton’s disgust over the mayor’s inaction, and as a long-time supporter of the Lucky Duck Foundation, he joined with the non-profit group at its press conference so he could show support for the foundation’s “Shamrocks & Shipwrecks” initiative and to also voice his own personal outrage over the homelessness crisis in San Diego.

Empowerment Plan Distributes 1,000 EMPWR Sleeping Bag Coats Across United States on World Homeless Day

EP is teaming up with civic and community organizations in 10 cities across the nation to distribute 1,000 EMPWR sleeping bag coats to unhoused community members. Leading the charge in San Diego is the Lucky Duck Foundation.

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Lucky Duck FoundationNov 24, 2022 @ 4:02pm

There is so much to be thankful for 💛 This Thanksgiving, may we all take a moment to reflect on the many things that we take for granted while others are not as lucky to have.

Thank you to all of our...

Lucky Duck FoundationNov 24, 2022 @ 1:02pm
May we all take a moment to reflect on the many things that we take for granted while others are not as lucky to have 💛 Thank you to our donors, partners, and volunteers for sharing your luck with those less fortunate. From our family...