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.

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, with librarian assistance on Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

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, non-profit 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.

See Grant Opportunities from The San Diego Foundation

What’s Upcoming

Foothold Foundation is offering fellowships to work with community collaboratives. The application deadline is Sunday, February 7.

Nominations for the Sixth Annual Classy Awards are now open. The application deadline is Monday, February 29.

Recruitment is underway for the Sixth Service Enterprise Initiative that helps organizations more effectively engage volunteers. Contact suecarterkahl@gmail.com about the 2016 San Diego cohort.

Funding Opportunities

Spencer Foundation is offering grants of up to $50,000 for education research projects. February 1 Deadline

The County of San Diego announced applications for funding for its Community Enhancement Program. March 1 Deadline

Motorola Solutions Foundation is offering grants of up to $50,000 for STEM Education Programs. March 2 Deadline

California Arts Council announces the Cultural Pathways program to provide support and technical assistance to small organizations rooted in communities of color. March 10 Deadline

The Ronald McDonald House Charities is accepting applications for its local scholarship program that serves high school seniors of Hispanic descent. March 18 Deadline

The Lemelson-MIT Program is accepting applications for their Inven teams of high school students, teachers and mentors for grants up to $10,000 to invent a technological solution to a problem of their choice. March 2016 Deadline

Rescue Bank, a program of Greatergood.org, is accepting applications for pet food distribution. Rolling Deadline

The RGK Foundation is inviting letters of inquiry in the areas of education, community, health and medicine. Rolling Deadline