Local Resources

There are several local resources in San Diego for nonprofits to access assistance for capacity building, accountability, best practices and other measures.

Local Grant Opportunities

The American Psychological Foundation is accepting applications to improve areas of critical need in society and encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to underserved populations. Winter Deadline

The California Fertilizer Foundation invites applications for $1,200 grants for school gardens in California. Winter Deadline

The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting grant proposals for up to $2,500 that bring environment-based education to schools. January 2016 Deadline

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is accepting proposals for up to $7,000 to help libraries in schools where 85% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. December 2015 Deadline

The Lemelson-MIT Program is accepting applications for their Inven teams of high school students, teachers and mentors for grants up to $10,000 to invent a technological solution to a problem of their choice. March 2016 Deadline

Rescue Bank, a program of Greatergood.org, is accepting applications for pet food distribution. Rolling Deadline

The RGK Foundation is inviting letters of inquiry in the areas of education, community, health and medicine. Rolling Deadline

The Russell Sage Foundation is accepting applications for up to $150,000 to support research on economic inequalities in the United States. January 2016 Deadline

See Grant Opportunities from The San Diego Foundation

Local Philanthropic Resources

Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego (AFPSD)
The primary purpose of AFPSD is to educate and advance the careers of those in the rapidly changing field of development. The Chapter promotes ethical standards, provides a network for members, lists local, regional and national employment opportunities, and offers a pool for consultant services.

BoardSource Community Resources
BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. They have an extensive library of free community resources with guides, best practices, and FAQ’s.

Flagship for the Arts
Be a part of San Diego’s new “Flagship for the Arts” – the NTC Arts & Culture District. We have 15 historic buildings, newly renovated and brimming with opportunities. A 2-year rent subsidy is available for qualifying nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Sean Giffin at 619.573.9304 or sgiffin@ntclibertystation.com.

Foundation Center’s New ‘Foundation Stats’ Tool
The Foundation Center recently launched ‘Foundation Stats;’ a new online data resource that is free and accessible to the general public. Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resources available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.

The Grantmaking Report
This report presents numerical data about philanthropy in the San Diego region. It was the result of collaboration of the San Diego Grantmakers and the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research (2008).

LEAD San Diego
LEAD provides intense issue-oriented programming, leadership skill building and community volunteerism opportunities to regional leaders.

Mission Edge
NMS provides management training, consulting, information and technology resources to nonprofits in San Diego including customized training, board and staff development, strategic planning, networking, and meeting facilitation. In 2013, The San Diego Foundation partnered with Nonprofit Management Solutions, funding their resource library expansion plans through our endowment and combining our libraries at their location (8265 Vickers Street, Ste. C San Diego 92111, www.npsolutions.org, 858-292-5702). There, you can access the Foundation Directory Online database (where you can search through nearly 100,000 foundations who may offer the type of funding you’re looking for) available at no charge to nonprofits, with librarian assistance on Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Nonprofit Management Solutions (NMS)
NMS provides management training, consulting, information and technology resources to nonprofits in San Diego including customized training, board and staff development, strategic planning, networking, and meeting facilitation.

San Diego Nonprofits (SANDAN)
SANDAN provides advocacy and networking for San Diego’s nonprofit sector.

SCORE San Diego
SCORE is part of a national association which serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the success of small businesses and nonprofits.

University of San Diego Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research (USD)
This site includes information on the institute as well as USD’s degree programs in nonprofit leadership.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego (YNPN)
YNPN offers professional development and networking opportunities in order to create a thriving San Diego by cultivating a highly valued network of emerging leaders dedicated to serving the nonprofit sector.