Events


Q3 Investment Webinar

Wednesday, December 2

The San Diego Foundation will host a webinar for current donors to discuss 2020 third quarter returns and asset allocation for the Endowment Portfolio, Sustainable Portfolio, Long-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio, Medium-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio and Short-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio.

Exclusive event for The San Diego Foundation donors


Oceanside Charitable Foundation Holiday Mixer

Thursday, December 3

Exclusive event for Oceanside Charitable Foundation members


Carlsbad Charitable Foundation Holiday Mixer

Thursday, December 10

Exclusive event for Carlsbad Charitable Foundation members


Past Events

Black Community Investment Fund Press Conference

Thursday, September 24

A coalition of San Diego leaders announced the creation of the Black Community Investment Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The fund will prioritize and invest in community-led, innovative efforts that increase racial equity and generational wealth for Black San Diegans. Grantmaking will focus on four key pillars impacting economic prosperity among Black San Diegans – education, employment, housing and entrepreneurism.

Better Together Webinar: On The Frontlines – NPO Voices

Wednesday, July 1

San Diego nonprofit organizations are often described as the first responders of social need. And in the face of a region-wide pandemic, they are aiding our community like never before. To date, 135+ nonprofits have received more than $13.7 million in grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help with food, financial assistance, childcare, the digital divide, medical support and other emergent needs. During this webinar, heroes on the frontlines shared what they are seeing in our neighborhoods and hearing from fellow San Diegans disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus.

Speakers

  • Classroom of the Future Foundation – James Wright, CEO
  • Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – Ramla Sahid, Executive Director
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition – Anahid Brakke, Executive Director
  • San Ysidro Health – Ana Melgoza, Vice President, External Affairs 
  • YMCA of San Diego County – Kim McDougal, Executive Director
  • Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation
  • Moderator – Brian Zumbano, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer

Better Together Webinar: The Power of Collective Giving

Wednesday, June 17

More than 2,300 individuals, businesses and foundations have made a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Their collective giving has created the opportunity for a $10 million strategic community investment to help the San Diego region respond and recover. The speakers during this webinar shared how collective giving results in collective impact when we give together and work together, across organizations and sectors, to tackle complex health and economic challenges like the coronavirus pandemic.

Speakers

  • Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation
  • Sarah Lyman, Executive Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation
  • Jack Raymond, Founding Chair, Escondido Community Foundation
  • Trudy Armstrong, Director of Regional Philanthropy, The San Diego Foundation
  • Susan Howe, President, San Diego Women’s Foundation 
  • Katie Sawyer, Executive Director, San Diego Women’s Foundation
  • Moderator – Brian Zumbano, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer

Better Together Webinar: Q1 2020 Investment Performance

Wednesday, June 3

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the capital markets. You may be concerned about how this risk relates to your charitable investment portfolio. Foundation investment leaders shared information about our long-term investment approach, investment strategies that are designed to protect capital during periods of market dislocation, and how value-based opportunities can present themselves in a crisis. They also reviewed first quarter returns and asset allocation for the Endowment, Long-Term, Medium-Term, Short-Term and Sustainable Portfolios.

Speakers

  • Steve Klosterman, Chair, Investment Committee, Board of Governors
  • Matt Fettig, Chief Investment Officer
  • Moderator – Brian Zumbano, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer

Better Together Webinar: How Grants & Loans Are Made

Wednesday, May 20

Millions of dollars have been granted from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to local nonprofit organizations helping thousands of San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar addressed how nonprofits are selected for grant funding, as well as how new impact investing partnerships like the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program are creating regional resilience in response to this public health and economic crisis.

Speakers

  • Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation
  • David Lynn, CEO, Mission Driven Finance
  • Pedro Villegas, Director of Community Relations, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Jim Howell, Chief Financial Officer, The San Diego Foundation
  • Connie Matsui, Interim Community Impact Leader, The San Diego Foundation
  • Moderator – Brian Zumbano, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer, The San Diego Foundation

Better Together Webinar: Our Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6

On March 16, The San Diego Foundation launched the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, attracting more than $10 million to support nonprofits helping San Diegans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation Leadership Team discussed the fund’s purpose and impact, as well as existing community and nonprofit need to help inform your philanthropic efforts during this public health and economic crisis.

Speakers

  • Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO
  • Jim Howell, Chief Financial Officer
  • Matt Fettig, Chief Investment Officer
  • Connie Matsui, Interim Community Impact Leader
  • Moderator – Brian Zumbano, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer

Conversation with Community Hero Buki Domingos on Human Trafficking

October 2, 2019 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Buki Domingos escaped from abuse and a human trafficking scheme, and now works tirelessly to end human trafficking throughout the region, and is also the board chair of Activist San Diego. She was honored as a Community Hero by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


Conversation with Community Hero Nico Marcolongo

March 25, 2019 | Challenged Athletes Foundation
Nico Marcolongo, who has helped strengthen the mental and physical well-being of more than 2,700 veterans by providing opportunities to use sports and fitness to re-integrate into our communities, has been selected as the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center Community Hero for his work with Operation Rebound at Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


Conversation with Community Hero Kim Sontag-Mulder

January 15, 2019 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Kim Sontag-Mulder, who is credited with resurrecting the San Diego chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women, has been named the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center Community Hero for her work in gender equity.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


Conversation with Community Hero Bishop Cornelius Bowser

October 3, 2018 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Bishop Cornelius Bowser, whose personal journey includes a decade-long stretch as a gang member before becoming a church minister, has been selected as the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center Community Hero for his work on preventing gun violence.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


2018 Annual Meeting: Built on a Solid Foundation

September 26, 2018 | Building 177, Liberty Station
San Diego leaders and philanthropists came together to celebrate their collective generosity, which resulted in $67.4 million granted to nonprofits organizations strengthening communities in fiscal year 2018.

Speakers include:

  • Senator Toni Atkins, President pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Dr. Constance Carroll, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District & Board Chair, The San Diego Foundation
  • Jerry Sanders, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Jack Raymond, CEO, Raymond Companies & Founder, Escondido Charitable Foundation
  • Dr. Karen Haynes, President, California State University, San Marcos

2018 Scholarships Celebration

June 30, 2018 | Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
The San Diego Foundation donors and scholarship recipients gathered at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse to celebrate more than $2.6 million in scholarships awarded to over 875 local students in 2018. Congratulations to all scholarships recipients and a big thank you to our generous donors who made these scholarships possible.


Clearing the Air: Addressing the Health Impacts of Air Quality in San Diego

June 22, 2018 | La Mesa Community Center
The Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation presented an engaging conversation about San Diego’s declining air quality with health and environment experts, to create understanding and promote dialogue about what more can be done for the 400,000 San Diegans who are at heightened risk from air pollution.


Conversation with Community Hero Imam Taha Hassane

June 18, 2018 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Social justice proponent Imam Taha Hassane, who has forged collaborative alliances with organizations and religious leaders to address challenging civic issues, is the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center’s Community Hero for civility in politics.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


2018 Donor & Legacy League Appreciation Luncheon

April 29, 2018 | Building 177, Liberty Station
At The San Diego Foundation 2018 Donor & Legacy League Appreciation Luncheon, three San Diego women changemakers took center stage to share their personal stories of generosity. Learn how San Diego Foundation donors Dede Alpert, Darcy Bingham and Alicia Gwynn have continued to improve the quality of life for San Diegans with a focus on San Diego youth.


Conversation with Community Hero Steve Binder

March 22, 2018 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Deputy Public Defender Steve Binder, who co-founded a game-changing court program that helps homeless individuals get back on their feet and leave the streets, has been named a Community Hero by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


Beyond the Wall San Diego Film Premiere

February 20, 2018 | Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
San Diegans joined The Malin Burhnam Center for Civic Engagement for the San Diego premiere of the documentary Beyond the Wall. Following the film screening, editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune Dana Littlefield moderated a panel discussion about reducing recividism with local experts, including Senior Policy Advisor for the Council of State Governments Justice Center and former San Diego County Chief of Probation Mack Jenkins, San Diego County Director for the Center for Employment Opportunities Robert Smith, and San Diego Workforce Partnership CEO Peter Callstrom.


Conversation with Community Hero Diane Takvorian

January 11, 2018 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Environmental justice champion Diane Takvorian, whose organization has helped empower low-income residents seeking a healthy and sustainable quality of life for their neighborhoods, is the KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Community Hero for environmental sustainability.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


2017 Annual Meeting: Gathering Community for Opportunity

October 19, 2017 | Liberty Station
Local philanthropists and community leaders gathered together to learn about local efforts to improve our civility at The San Diego Foundation Annual Meeting, Gathering Community for Opportunity. The event brought guests together to celebrate a year of giving with friends, and engage with one another about the most pressing topics we face in San Diego, California, and nationally.


Conversation with Community Hero Elizabeth Lopez

September 28, 2017 | KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
San Diego Attorney Elizabeth Lopez is the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center’s Community Hero, selected for her pro bono immigration work with individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation.


Conversation with Community Hero Anne Wilson

June 29, 2017 | Lafayette Hotel
Anne Wilson has been “making home happen” for lower incomes families and seniors for 30 years. As part of the KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center Community Heroes initiative, San Diegans gathered to honor Anne Wilson for her accomplishments in Affordable Housing. Wilson discussed the impact of Community HousingWorks and facilitated dialogue about affordable housing in San Diego.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and Jewish Community Foundation.


Conversation with Community Hero Elizabeth Bustos

April 3, 2017 | Kitchens for Good at the Jacobs Center
To Elizabeth Bustos, the road to racial justice begins with the fundamental right of everyone to have access to quality healthcare. As part of the KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center Community Heroes initiative, San Diegans gathered to honor Bustos for her accomplishments in Racial Justice and Equality. Bustos discussed the impact of the San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project and facilitated dialogue about racial justice and equality in San Diego.

Community Heroes is sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and Jewish Community Foundation.


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.

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