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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 $1.2 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

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The San Diego Foundation has also been named the 2017 and 2018 Malin Burnham Awards Most Admired Foundation in San Diego.

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