Upcoming Events

Optika-Moderna presents Waking La Llorona by Creative Catalyst Fellow David Reynoso

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, Bread & Salt

“Waking La Llorona” is a visually lush, immersive theatrical experience inspired by Mexican myths and folklore and their correlations to San Diego and other cultures throughout the globe. Inspired by the relationships between the Mexican legend of La Llorona (which has roots tracing back to the Chumash of Southern California), the Ancient Greek tragedy of Medea and the Irish Banshee story, this project explores these legends through the lens of Medea, allowing themes of social oppression, sexism, and racial divides to rise to the surface.

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Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation: Grants Ballot Presentation & Social

Exclusive event for Rancho Bernardo community members.
Monday, September 11 at 12:00pm, The Barrel Room in The Plaza

The board of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) invites you to join us for our Grants Ballot Presentation and Social! We need your input in determining the RBCF 2017-2018 grantees! This will be your opportunity to vote on the organizations you want to award! Bring a friend! Light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.

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RSVP by Thursday, September 7 to Miguel Lopez at or call (619) 814-1326.

2017 Q2 Investment Narrative Conference Call

Live Webinar
Exclusive event for The San Diego Foundation fundholders only.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:00pm

The San Diego Foundation will host a 30-minute conference call for current donors, fund advisors and prospective donors to discuss 2017 second quarter returns and asset allocation for:

  • Endowment Fund
  • Long Term Non-Endowment Fund
  • Medium Term Non-Endowment Fund
  • Short Term Non-Endowment Fund


Horacio Valeiras, CFA

Horacio Valeiras, CFA
Investment Committee,
Board of Governors
The San Diego Foundation

Matt Fettig, CFA

Matt Fettig, CFA
Vice President,
Chief Investment Officer
The San Diego Foundation

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Carlsbad Charitable Foundation: Fall Membership Mixer

Exclusive event for Carlsbad community members.
Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30pm, The Landings At Carlsbad

Join us for our Fall Membership Mixer at The Landings at Carlsbad! This event is aimed at strengthening the relationship between businesses in Carlsbad and the local philanthropic community. Mingle with members, business owners, movers and shakers in Carlsbad while enjoying light appetizers, beverages and live music.

Hear from Carlsbad Charitable Foundation corporate member Hoehn Motors on why the “business of doing good” is good business and also hear from past grantee, Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego, Inc. about the impact of their grant program.

Know a business owner that should be there? Free for members and guests. Bring a friend and join us! Limited space available. RSVP required.

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RSVP by Friday, September 15 to Miguel Lopez at or call (619) 814-1326.

Escondido Charitable Foundation: 11th Annual Grants Celebration

Exclusive event for Escondido community members.
Thursday, September 28 at 5:00pm, Orfila Vineyards and Winery

Join the Escondido Charitable Foundation to celebrate our 2017 grantees and our $2 million grantmaking milestone! Help us reveal a huge announcement that you will not want to miss! Join us in spreading the spirit of philanthropy by bringing a friend or a neighbor who would like to learn more about making a positive impact in Escondido! Wine, beer and appetizers will be served.

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RSVP by Monday, September 25 to Miguel Lopez at or call (619) 814-1326.

Community Heroes: A Community Conversation

Sponsored by The San Diego Foundation & Jewish Community Foundation
Presented by KPBS & National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC)

Date To Be Announced

Join us for a community conversation to honor our third Community Hero of 2017, a leader working to make a difference in immigration in San Diego.

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Nominate a Community Hero today >

Past Events

Dolores San Diego Premiere

March 23, 2017 | San Diego Latino Film Festival
Community leaders joined us at the exclusive San Diego premiere of Dolores at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Following the screening, Dolores Huerta and her son Emilio Huerta sat down for an interview with The San Diego Foundation President Kathlyn Mead to discuss the importance of civic engagement in shaping history and social change. The Foundation sponsored the film screening.

Weaving Movements: Love For The Land

October 5, 2016 | Daley Ranch
San Diegans joined us at Weaving Movements: Love For The Land to learn about opening the outdoors for all San Diego communities. Environmental advocates from the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Outdoor Outreach and The Escondido Creek Conservancy led the discussion about environmental equity for all.

Open Democracy at Politifest

September 24, 2016 | San Diego State University
Advocates from Open San Diego, The New Voters Project and The City of San Diego discussed how the youth vote, the new vote and new technologies are creating a truly OPEN San Diego as the election nears. From open-source engagement to new civil forums and open data standards, attendees learned about an “Open Democracy” – ensuring data remains timely and transparent, and the voices of all San Diegans be heard.

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Weaving Movements: Linking Innovation with Inclusion, with Dolores Huerta

August 10, 2016 | Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
At this kick-off event for the Weaving Movements series, civil rights icon Dolores Huerta shared her lifelong commitment to civic engagement by igniting generations of community organizers and weaving agricultural worker, civil and women’s rights movements into social change. Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and other local leaders focused on innovative and impactful employment access and opportunity as well.

Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta’s visionary leadership and legacy is a reminder that social justice movements will endure as long as inequalities persist and there’s a need for change.

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“Race: Are We So Different?” with Dr. Charis Kubrin

May 11, 2016 | Mingei International Museum
UC Irvine professor of Criminology, Law & Society and author of Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity, Dr. Charis Kubrin discusses the strong linkage between race, place and privilege in San Diego, spotlighting the example of prosecutors using rap lyrics to convict young men and women of crimes they did not commit.

Imperial Dreams: Exclusive Film Screening & Conversation with Malik Vitthal

March 16, 2016 | Farmer & The Seahorse, Illumina Theater
Based on true events and starring Star Wars‘ John Boyega, Imperial Dreams reveals the realities the formerly incarcerated face, including the broken systems that keep them from true freedom. Watch the interview with writer-director Malik Vitthal, moderated by Scott Lewis, Editor in Chief at the Voice of San Diego, to learn about the real-life story that inspired the filmmaker.

The Future of Age-Friendly Communities: Preparing for the Elder Boom in San Diego, with Ai-jen Poo

March 3, 2016 | UC San Diego
Ai-Jen Poo discusses caregiving opportunities to alleviate social isolation, increase community support, and improve health services toward a truly Age-Friendly San Diego. Ai-jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, and author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in America.

25 and Under! The Future of Service in San Diego

February 18, 2016 | California State University, San Marcos
Vibrant communities need many voices, and San Diego’s young innovators are making themselves heard. Watch this panel discussion, as next-generation changemakers Sean Griser, Nitya Timalsina and Francisco “Panchito” Martinez share how they are supporting San Diego’s most underserved communities.

Reducing Recidivism through Connection and Community with Scott Budnick

January 20, 2016 | San Diego City College
In 2012, nearly 3 out of 4 state prisoners released to San Diego County were re-incarcerated. Our county’s recidivism rates are among the worst in the state, which has real consequences for our economy, our future, and our youth. Watch Scott Budnick, Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and noted producer of The Hangover series, discuss how San Diego can reduce recidivism through connection and community.

The Future of Age Friendly Communities with Laurence Weinstein

September 16, 2015 | UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging
In 2050, the United States will be home to more than 80 million adults over 65, and San Diego County alone will see a 130 percent increase in this age group between 2000 and 2030. Combined with enormous technological advancements that have the potential to transform the way we understand aging, the future of growing older may not be what we anticipate today. Watch Laurence Weinstein, retired AARP National Events Housing Consultant, discuss this urgent topic and share ways to create an “Age Friendly San Diego County”.

25 and Under! The Future of Philanthropy in San Diego

September 9, 2015 | Scripps Cottage, San Diego State University
Vibrant communities need many voices, and San Diego’s young innovators are making themselves heard. Watch David Lopez, Executive Director of Teach for America San Diego, moderate a panel discussion about how next-generation changemakers are transforming philanthropy and impacting our community with our “Future of Philanthropy” keynote speakers Winnie Xu, Co-Founder of Giventure, Macy Olivas, Executive Director of the Patricia and Christopher Weil Foundation, and Nate Howard, Founder of Movement BE.


Lean In to the Future: San Diego Women Changemakers with Leila Janah

August 31, 2015 | The Thursday Club
Women are on the leading edge of transformative change. It’s proven that organizations with a greater balance of women in executive positions perform better. In the future, women in leadership will nurture a flourishing economy, gender diversity and equity for all. Watch Sama Group CEO Leila Janah’s discuss how we can mobilize this cultural and economic shift in our communities through policy, systems innovation, collective impact and investment.


Learning Landscapes: The Future of Education in San Diego with Milton Chen

July 23, 2015 | New Children’s Museum
If we want San Diego’s young people to become the next generation of great leaders, we need more than an excellent school system; we need a true learning landscape. Watch Dr. Milton Chen, Executive Director Emeritus of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, present on his vision for a future where learning is everywhere – at school, at a museum, at a park – and learn about innovative models that offer students personal, flexible, and equitable ways to explore their passions and build a better tomorrow.


Gather! Building the Community of the Future

June 19, 2015 | A.R.T.S. Center
The future will require us to be creative, flexible, and open to create a community where neighborhoods are vitalized, inventive thinking and collaboration is nurtured, and opportunities to solve challenges are discussed and realized. Can this be reflected in our gathering spaces? Watch Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Co-Directors of the UCSD-Blum Cross-Border Initiative, Philip Auchettl, CEO of RAD Lab, and Matt D’Arrigo, CEO & Founder of A.R.T.S., share how we and the places we work, learn, and live can adapt to create a more equitable and vibrant San Diego. This panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Emily Young, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Impact of The San Diego Foundation.


Everything is Science Fiction: The Future of San Diego with David Brin

May 27, 2015 | Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice , University of San Diego
San Diego, 2055: What will remain? What will be lost? What will we have done to face our region’s most pressing challenges and seize its most exciting opportunities? Watch science fiction author, scientist and leading futurist David Brin’s keynote on an exploration of trends in our region and possibilities for San Diego’s future.


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