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The challenges we are facing now are not new, but they are amplified in this moment by the crisis. For too long, our economy has depended on the exploitation of working people. All of our lives depend on workers who are paid very low wages and whose employers show little concern for their health and safety. During this public health crisis, it is even more crucial that local and state governments protect San Diego families. Working people make our lives, our cities, and our regions function, now and beyond this crisis.

Your gift will fund our critical work to protect grassroots democracy and the fight for living wages, affordable housing, access to healthcare, paid sick leave, and good governance. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about our COVID-19 response and how you can take action.


How our coalitions are responding to COVID-19:

The Community Budget Alliance is a coalition of local organizations and community members who believe the City budget should be a People’s budget. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the existing inequities in our healthcare system, workplaces, housing, governmental services and policies. Previous policy decisions have created systems that have resulted in low-wage workers, immigrants, communities of color, as well as unsheltered and incarcerated individuals, being hit hardest by this public health crisis. We, the people, make this city and must re-imagine what our city becomes, what our society becomes, and respond to the immediate needs of our communities.

Since 2015, the Invest in San Diego Families coalition has united around the vision of San Diego County as a place where all families thrive, regardless of zip code, race, place of origin, or income.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare how far we still have to go in meeting these goals. It has made clear that we cannot simply move forward with business as usual. We must remake this system to ensure every person – no exceptions – can thrive. This is a moment where we must stand with and for each other across our differences and against anything and anyone who seeks to divide us.

CPI is part of national and statewide networks dedicated to economic justice, improving job standards, and workers’ rights.  Together with the California Alliance for Secure Employment (CASE) and the Future of Work and Workers (FOWW), we’ve created the California COVID-19 Worker Resource Clearinghouse micro-site where organizations serving workers can get the information, resources, and support they need. 

We are in an unprecedented moment that demands bold action. We can and must take care of each other today, and we can also seize the opportunity to address the root causes of the challenges that this health and economic crisis have laid bare. Our goal is not simply to return to “normal” as long as normal means insecure and unstable work, and families not being able to make ends meet.


Relevant research for more information on San Diego's population most impacted by COVID-19:


Checks can be made payable to “Center on Policy Initiatives” and mailed to: 

Center on Policy Initiatives
c/o Development Manager
3727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108

Donating long-term appreciating stocks, bonds, and mutual funds is an easy way to support CPI’s work and could significantly increase your gift and tax deduction.

You can electronically transfer stock or bonds from your brokerage or investment account to CPI. Please contact us for our electronic transfer instructions:

Jacqueline Guan
Development Manager
619-584-5744 ext. 164

Leave your legacy with a bequest gift. Remembering the Center on Policy Initiatives in your will, a trust, or through an annuity is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to support economic justice, racial justice, and long-term, structural change.

For more information on how you can include CPI in your estate plans, please contact us: 

Jacqueline Guan
Development Manager
619-584-5744 ext. 164.

Consider recommending the Center on Policy Initiatives as an organization to support through your donor advised fund.

What is a donor advised fund?
A donor advised fund (DAF) is like a charitable savings account that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support CPI and other 501(c)(3) organizations through cash, appreciated securities and other assets. A donor creates an account and makes a contribution of cash, stock, or other assets like real estate or artwork and can take an immediate tax deduction for the gift. The accounts are managed by a nonprofit, called a sponsoring organization, that invests the assets and manages the donor’s account. Community foundations often serve as sponsoring organizations and so do nonprofit arms of financial-services firms, such as Vanguard Charitable and Schwab Charitable. Once a fund is established, donors tell the sponsoring organization which nonprofits they’d like to donate to from their accounts.