Black Community Investment Fund

The Black Community Investment Fund prioritizes and invests in community-led, innovative efforts that increase racial equity and generational wealth for Black San Diegans.

4 Pillars of Grantmaking

Co-founded by the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce and The San Diego Foundation, and led by an advisory council of San Diego leaders, the fund will focus grantmaking on four key pillars impacting economic prosperity among Black San Diegans:

Education

Education

Funding innovative projects that address systemic educational challenges within schools and complementary to schools, as well as scholarship support.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Leading efforts to support new entrepreneurs and provide mentorship and financial support in partnership with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

Employment

Employment

Supporting projects that create workforce training programs in emerging fields; Aiding paid internship programs; Driving diversity in underrepresented fields.

Housing

Housing

Supporting initiatives across the spectrum of housing interventions that drive at building generational wealth and achieving homeownership.

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2021 Grant Recipients

In April 2021, The San Diego Foundation announced $400,000 in grants from the Black Community Investment Fund awarded to the San Diego Workforce Partnership and The Neighborhood House Association to help build generational wealth for Black San Diegans through education and workforce training.

The Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to expand The Neighborhood House Association Youth Fellowship Internship Program and provide 80-100 Black high school and college students with high-quality, career-rich paid internships.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership will receive $100,000 from The Foundation for its TechHire program to train Black San Diegans for information, communications and technology jobs with paid work experience, subsidized training and job placement.

The Foundation and Bank of America each provided additional $100,000 grants to support the San Diego Workforce Partnership Construction Career Jumpstart program for San Diegans interested in energy, construction and utilities. The six-month program provides paid work experience and training for underrepresented San Diegans seeking careers as welders, linemen/women, electricians and other skilled positions. Program participants receive career coaching, mentorship, and help with applying and interviewing as well as succeeding on the job. To date, more than 90 percent of Construction Career Jumpstart participants have been placed in entry-level positions with several local companies.

Why give to the Black Community Investment Fund?

COVID-19 has deepened racial inequity in many aspects of society and the events of 2020 have shined a light on systemic racism, especially as it impacts Black communities.

For San Diegans who are looking for ways to make an impact, the Black Community Investment Fund provides a new opportunity for philanthropists to help make San Diego County a better, stronger and more equitable region so every San Diegan can thrive, prosper and feel like they belong.

The Black Community Investment Fund was seeded with $1 million from The San Diego Foundation, $250,000 from San Diego Gas & Electric, $75,000 from Wells Fargo Bank and $25,000 from Cox Communications and complements the work of government agencies and organizations by investing in initiatives that disrupt and innovate the institutional drivers of racial inequity in San Diego.

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Who is advising the fund?

The Black Community Investment Fund is led by a group of San Diego leaders who provide guidance, leadership and diverse subject matter expertise, including:

Xiomara Arroyo
Wells Fargo Bank

Peter Callstrom
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Dr. Constance Carroll
San Diego Community College District

Tamara Craver
Reality Changers

Donna DeBerry
Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
County of San Diego

Lisa Marie Harris
San Diego County Water Authority

April House
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Rudolph “Rudy” Johnson
Neighborhood House

Councilmember Monica Montgomery
San Diego City Council

Doug Moore
AFL-CIO

Penney Newell
San Diego Gas & Electric

Pamela Gray Payton
The San Diego Foundation

Dr. Becky Pettit
UC San Diego

Donna Marie Robinson
The San Diego Foundation

Mark Stuart
The San Diego Foundation

Pedro Villegas
SDG&E

Randolph “Randy” Ward
Teach for America

Tony Young
RISE San Diego

Ways to Donate

By donating to the Black Community Investment Fund, you can help correct past and present injustices, create a more equitable future, and build a better narrative for Black San Diegans.

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Donate Assets

To donate stock, real estate or other assets, please contact our Giving Team at
(619) 814-1332 or donorservices@sdfoundation.org.

Donate by Mail

To make a donation by check, please make check payable to The San Diego Foundation. Memo should include grant purpose: to support fund #7504 – Black Community Investment Fund.

Mailing address:
The San Diego Foundation
Attn: Donations
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106

Are you an individual, company or foundation interested in making a large gift to the Fund?
Please contact Vice President of Development & Stewardship Brian Zumbano at brianz@sdfoundation.org.

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