Local Resources

There are several local resources in San Diego for nonprofits to access assistance for capacity building, accountability, best practices and other measures.

Local Philanthropic Resources

Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego (AFPSD)
The primary purpose of AFPSD is to educate and advance the careers of those in the rapidly changing field of development. The Chapter promotes ethical standards, provides a network for members, lists local, regional and national employment opportunities, and offers a pool for consultant services.

BoardSource Community Resources
BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. They have an extensive library of free community resources with guides, best practices, and FAQ’s.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) San Diego
EPIP San Diego is part of a national network of foundation professionals, social entrepreneurs and other change makers who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. EPIP’s mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society.

Flagship for the Arts
Be a part of San Diego’s new “Flagship for the Arts” – the NTC Arts & Culture District. We have 15 historic buildings, newly renovated and brimming with opportunities. A 2-year rent subsidy is available for qualifying nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Sean Giffin at 619.573.9304 or sgiffin@ntclibertystation.com.

Foundation Center’s New ‘Foundation Stats’ Tool
The Foundation Center recently launched ‘Foundation Stats;’ a new online data resource that is free and accessible to the general public. Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resources available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.

The Grantmaking Report
This report presents numerical data about philanthropy in the San Diego region. It was the result of collaboration of the San Diego Grantmakers and the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research (2008).

LEAD San Diego
LEAD provides intense issue-oriented programming, leadership skill building and community volunteerism opportunities to regional leaders.

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University
The Institute offers seminars, certificates and degree programs designed to prepare exemplary nonprofit leaders for the 21st century and dramatically increase the impact of charitable organizations in the U.S. The San Diego Foundation partners with the institute to offer and introductory course in fundraising called The Fundraising Academy.

Mission Edge
Mission Edge provides the San Diego nonprofit community with resources and knowledge to streamline business processes and further social change. Services include fiscal sponsorship, outsourced HR and accounting support, leadership development and connection to expertise and best practices in the community.
Nonprofit Management Solutions (NMS)
NMS provides management training, consulting, information and technology resources to nonprofits in San Diego including customized training, board and staff development, strategic planning, networking, and meeting facilitation. In 2013, The San Diego Foundation partnered with Nonprofit Management Solutions, funding their resource library expansion plans through our endowment and combining our libraries at their location (8265 Vickers Street, Ste. C San Diego 92111, www.npsolutions.org, 858-292-5702). There, you can access the Foundation Directory Online database (where you can search through nearly 100,000 foundations who may offer the type of funding you’re looking for) available at no charge to nonprofits, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Diego Nonprofit Association (SDNA)
SDNA provides advocacy and networking for San Diego’s nonprofit sector.

SCORE San Diego
SCORE is part of a national association which serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE is a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the success of small businesses and nonprofits.

University of San Diego Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research (USD)
This site includes information on the institute as well as USD’s degree programs in nonprofit leadership.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego (YNPN)
YNPN offers professional development and networking opportunities in order to create a thriving San Diego by cultivating a highly valued network of emerging leaders dedicated to serving the nonprofit sector.

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