Recommend a Grant

Open a fund, and The Foundation makes grantmaking easy. Decide what causes or organizations you’d like to support, and we help with the rest.

With deep community knowledge and a team of experts, we partner with thousands of nonprofit organizations and public institutions throughout San Diego to advise you of the best course for your charitable giving to effect change.

Recommend Grant Online

Our Process

Our process is simple:

  • Donors who hold a Donor Advised Fund with us can recommend grants on our online platform, MyTSDF, or by completing and emailing a Grant Recommendation Form.
    • Individuals who do not have a fund with us but wish to give to a grant can do so online here or by working with our Giving Team here.
  • The grant award minimum is $250. Weekly approval of grant awards is the responsibility of The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors.
  • Grant award checks are mailed directly to recipient nonprofit organizations. An award letter accompanies the check, which is mailed out within three working days of approval.
  • Grants can be made for charitable purposes only. Grant awards cannot provide a personal benefit to any donor, fund advisor, staff member or volunteer at The Foundation, and cannot represent the payment of a personal pledge or financial obligation.
  • Grant awards are reflected on donor fund statements, viewed on MyTSDF for easy access and tracking.

Contact Our Development & Stewardship Team

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