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The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.

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What is a Community Foundation

A community foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization created by and for a community of people. It is supported by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work toward the greater good of the citizens in the community. Funds come from a variety of sources, including bequests and living trusts, much of which are invested in perpetuity. The investment earnings are distributed to impactful organizations for social impact. Today, more than 1,700 community foundations exist around the world. Read more about our history >

Philanthropic Leadership

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® accreditation represents operational effectiveness to foster excellence in community philanthropy. Charity Navigator 4-star charities exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in their cause(s). GuideStar Silver Participants demonstrate nonprofit transparency on a national scale and provide an opportunity to supplement the public information that is available from the IRS.

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National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

National Standards for US Community Foundations


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