Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting 2017: Gathering Community for Opportunity

Invite-only event.
Thursday, October 19

Much is happening in our region, nation and world. Now is the time to come together in community conversation to discuss San Diego’s needs and the opportunity philanthropy can provide to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement.

Let’s Talk About Peace
Annual Meeting 2017 Speakers
From left to right: Patricia Márquez, PhD, Sean Sheppard, Steven Dinkin.

Patricia Márquez, PhD
At the University of San Diego, Dr. Patricia Márquez leads the first stand-alone school of peace and justice in the nation by preparing students around the word in peacebuilding, human rights, conflict resolution and social innovation. She has developed the Center for Peace and Commerce, the Social Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub, and focuses her research on the intersection of business and social value creation. Dr. Marquez was honored with the San Diego Downtown Rotary Club Peacemaker of the Year Award.

Sean Sheppard
Sean Sheppard founded Game Changer, a program that brings members of law enforcement and the judicial system together with elected officials and community members through dialogue and sports. The program creates a safe space for honest discussions about race and culture to seek common ground and community understanding. Sean also founded Embrace, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities.

Steven Dinkin
Steven Dinkin’s deep policy roots and influence in Washington, D.C. as an attorney, law professor and author on conflict resolution prepared him for San Diego and the National Conflict Resolution Center where he assists agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Navy and Treasury with contract negotiations. His experience in dispute resolution is sought out globally in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation: Thanksgiving Luncheon 2017

Exclusive event for Rancho Bernardo community members.
Tuesday, November 21 at 11:30am, The Rancho Bernardo Inn

The annual Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) Thanksgiving Luncheon is the RBCF’s signature event and it raises money for the community’s many nonprofits. Last year, the foundation granted more than $70,000.

The luncheon is a must-attend event for many members of the Rancho Bernardo community and in addition to individual tickets, there are a number of opportunities for businesses and community groups to participate, ranging from $250 to $5,000. For detailed information about the various ticket levels and payment for sponsorship, please contact Debbie Kurth at or by calling (619) 206-2569.

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Community Heroes: A Community Conversation

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

KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center present Community Heroes, honoring individuals who give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego. Nominate a hero working to make a difference in environmental sustainability.

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Past Events

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.

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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