Philanthropy and the joy of helping neighbors has been part of the Human Experience ever since the Greeks adopted ‘love of humanity’ in early society. Their philosophy centered around the human potential and how charity fostered communal strength and solidarity with one another.
Today, that philosophy and the shared benefit it creates is a fundamental principle of a community foundation like The San Diego Foundation. What both the gift givers and receivers have in common is something simple and elusive in today’s world – joy.
Joy, or the feeling of immense pleasure and happiness, is one of the greatest, mutual benefits of philanthropy.
For 44 years, The Foundation has focused on joy-making for donors, partners, nonprofits and the many San Diegans whose lives are impacted by charitable work in the community. We help those interested in making a difference to maximize their efforts and identify important causes and organizations where their strategic investment can benefit the region for good, and often, forever. This Annual Report reflects the significant philanthropic impact generated by our donors and partners.
As we look toward the future, we are focused on how we can further increase that joy for the donors we support and the communities we serve. We recognize San Diego County is a region rich with generous philanthropists, as well as unique challenges that require strong leadership. This year, The San Diego Foundation will embark on a strategic planning process to help determine on what will we lead. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this important work with you soon and value your partnership throughout the process.
On behalf of our Board of Governors and staff, thank you for your commitment to making joy possible.