Just, equitable, and resilient communities.
We inspire enduring philanthropy and enable community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region.
Strategic Plan Accomplishments
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We act with integrity and respect for one another and the communities we serve.
We engage diverse perspectives to foster collaboration and innovative solutions.
Together, we strive for an inclusive community where everyone has equitable access to opportunity.
We adhere to a deeply ethical approach to philanthropy, one that holds ourselves accountable to being a trustworthy partner and to approaching our work with humility and respect for the expertise of the communities we serve and of the government, nonprofit, business sectors and individuals with whom we collaborate.
We will be open-minded, learn constantly, seek diverse voices, listen carefully to different experiences and perspectives, build strong and diverse coalitions, support community engagement, and engage in shared and equitable decision-making. We are ready to partner with you to make an impact on our communities’ most pressing needs.
*With grateful acknowledgment to the many nonprofit organizations whose work on articulating their principles and values helped inform our discussions and development of these principles.
Our Strategic Priorities
Advancing Racial & Social Justice
We will support policies and programs that seek to eradicate systemic discrimination.
Fostering Equity of Opportunity
We will increase access and resources for San Diegans facing barriers to realizing full and healthy lives.
Building Resilient Communities
We will establish and support programs that enable communities to adapt and persist through changing circumstances.
Delivering World-Class Philanthropy
We will offer an ever-advancing platform that supports donors and nonprofits in achieving their goals.
“Our work will not be complete until everyone who calls San Diego home has the opportunity to prosper, thrive and feel like they belong.”
Mark Stuart, CFRE
President and Chief Executive Officer
About Our Strategic Plan
This strategic plan is the distilled expression of the San Diego Foundation priorities for the next five years. It rolls up to a vision that may take 10 years to achieve and will be supported by annual operational plans.
Looking for more information about what our Strategic Plan means for our region, or for you as a partner of the San Diego Foundation? Read frequently asked questions about the strategic plan.
Each year, we help thousands of San Diego individuals, families and businesses accomplish their charitable goals and maximize their impact in the region.
We act as a charitable partner to estate planning attorneys, wealth advisors and other advisors, helping your clients realize their financial planning goals and maximize their tax deductions.
We help nonprofit programs and organizations better serve those in need and provide greater equity and opportunity for all San Diegans.
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- Ontario Human Rights Coalition. (n.d.). Racism and racial discrimination: Systemic discrimination (fact sheet).