Enriching the Lives of San Diegans Through Philanthropy for 40 Years

Since 1975, The San Diego Foundation has brought together community leaders, nonprofit organizations, government, business leaders and philanthropists to collectively progress toward a stronger San Diego region for current and future generations.

As we celebrate 40 years of community service and look ahead to 40 more years of regional impact, we recognize the many donors that believe in the power of giving. Philanthropy stands as a key pillar in our region’s prosperity, and we are honored to present opportunities and facilitate all types of engagement and participation.

We also know that San Diego faces new and evolving challenges. With the support of our partners, we are building a movement for positive change and are prepared to meet future uncertainties head on. The mission of The Foundation is to ensure the region’s philanthropic resources are directed responsibly and effectively to support opportunities that can address even our most complex challenges.

We encourage you to read through the annual report to learn more about our achievements and where philanthropy is making an impact in San Diego. Through the commitment of our Board of Governors and staff, as well as a multitude of community partners, we remain steadfast in our work toward a civil society through innovation and collaboration.

Together, as a community, we look ahead to the next four decades as we grow a more vibrant region.


B. Kathlyn Mead
President & CEO

Connie Matsui
Chair, Board of Governors

“With the support of our partners, we are building a movement for positive change and are prepared to meet future uncertainties head on.”

Grants We Awarded

The San Diego Foundation awarded 5,600 grants to 1,773 nonprofit organizations serving and supporting our community needs in FY2015.

*as of June 30, 2015

Where Grants Do Good



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Health & Human Services


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Health & Human Services

Crime & Legal-Related$158,771
Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines$415,925
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition$354,507
Health Care$2,302,404
Housing & Shelter$375,998
Human Services$4,397,990
Medical Research$329,079
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention$259,394
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief$400,882
Recreation & Sports$328,883

Civil Society


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Civil Society

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy$1,584,614
Community Improvement & Capacity Building$1,065,473
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations$3,463,027
Public & Societal Benefit$2,092,043
Science & Technology$691,420

Arts & Culture


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Arts & Culture

Arts Education$111,760
Symphony Orchestras$2,041,208
Media & Communications$251,154
Other Arts & Culture$798,838



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Youth Development


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Youth Development

Youth Centers and Clubs$363,685
Youth Scouts Organizations$235,562
Other Youth Development$3,534,371

Other grantmaking totaling $1,971,265 includes international, foreign affair & national security; mutual & membership benefit, and religion-related grants.

*as of June 30, 2015

Stories of Impact

Learn about our partners making a difference in the community and affecting change through philanthropy.

Where Grants Go

In 2015, most grants benefitted San Diegans and our local nonprofit organizations that serve our regional community from Oceanside to San Ysidro, La Jolla to Ramona and beyond.


Other California Counties

San Diego County

United States (Excluding CA)




*as of June 30, 2015

*International gifts = 1.1%

Where Grants Come From

Donor-Advised Funds


Community & Field of Interest Funds


Nonprofit Funds


Scholarship Funds


Charitable Gift Annuities


Mitigation Funds


The San Diego Foundation has 1,908 charitable funds, including 108 funds opened in FY2015, designated for grantmaking and creating opportunities to be WELL - Work, Enjoy, Live & Learn - for all San Diegans.

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*FY2015 grantmaking as of June 30, 2015

Endowment Fund Performance

Investing for the Future*

0.7% | 1.7%

9.5% | 9.7%

9.6% | 9.6%

5.7% | 5.8%

TSDF Actual

TSDF Policy Index

*The Foundation’s Policy Index is a composite of indexes and absolute return benchmarks reflecting our diversified portfolio, specifically: S&P 500, Russell 2000, MSCI EAFE, S&P Developed ex-US Small Cap, MSCI Emerging Markets, MSCI ACWI, BC US Universal, BC US TIPS, BC Corp. High Yield, JPM EMBI Global, NCREIF ODCE, HFRI Funds of Funds, Private Equity (11% absolute return), and Bloomberg Commodity. Percentages are net of fees.

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*as of June 30, 2015

Total Assets Managed

Maximizing the Impact of Philanthropy




The Foundation ended FY2015 with $686 million in assets invested and managed, with more than $400 million in endowment funds, $160 million in non-endowment funds, and $930 million in grants awarded since inception.

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*as of June 30, 2015

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