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The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region.

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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 >

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The San Diego Foundation has received National Standards accreditation by the Council on Foundations.

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