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 named Official Charity Partner of the Carlsbad 5000

One of San Diego’s most iconic running traditions, the Carlsbad 5000 presented by National University, today announced a new partnership with the Lucky Duck Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of homelessness throughout the San Diego region.

LDF-Funded Triangle Project Featured on National News

The Triangle Project, a new incentivized trash cleanup pilot program funded by the Lucky Duck Foundation and organized by LDF volunteer and retired attorney Brian Trotier, has been featured on national news (AP, Newsweek) this week as well as by the Union-Tribune, FOX 5, NBC 7, KUSI, and more.

Padres Owner Peter Seidler and Businessman Dan Shea, both LDF Executive Committee Members, explain the state of homelessness in San Diego in a recent UT opinion piece

Tuesday Group co-founders Peter Seidler and Dan Shea shared their thoughts on homelessness in a recent Union Tribune opinion piece:

Lucky Duck Foundation and Computers 2 Kids Partner to Provide Laptops for Every Graduate of LDF’s $1 million Employment & Job Training Program

The Lucky Duck Foundation and Computers 2 Kids today announced a new partnership that will provide laptops and employment opportunities to individuals experiencing homelessness.  

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Lucky Duck FoundationMay 24, 2022 @ 1:30pm
Our Cash for Trash program is continuing to make a difference in Downtown San Diego, averaging more than 1 ton of trash picked up each day. Hear directly from the homeless community about this work and the positive change it is making in their surroundings and in their own lives. https://t.co/PKGJl5vLrW
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Lucky Duck FoundationMay 24, 2022 @ 4:30pm

Our Cash for Trash program is continuing to make a difference in Downtown San Diego, averaging more than 1 ton of trash picked up each day. Hear directly from the homeless community about this work and the positive change it is making in their surroundings...