Upcoming Events

A Community Conversation with Imam Taha Hassane

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Monday, June 18, 6-8pm, KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center
Sponsored by the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation
Presented by KPBS & National Conflict Resolution Center

Community Heroes

Imam Taha Hassane
Imam Taha Hassane

How can we foster more civility in public discourse?

Join us for an in-person interview with the Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego Imam Taha Hassane and Mark Sauer, host of KPBS Roundtable.

Then take part in a facilitated conversation about civility in politics led by the National Conflict Resolution Center.

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

Friday, June 22, 11:30am, La Mesa Community Center

Clearing the Air

Join The San Diego Foundation Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement for a complimentary lunch and community conversation about San Diego’s declining air quality with health and environment experts, and learn what more can be done for the 400,000 San Diegans who are at heightened risk from air pollution.


  • Hanna Grene, Director of Policy, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Atul Malhotra, MD, Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego Health
  • Nicola Hedge, Director of Climate & Environment Programs, The San Diego Foundation

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2018 Scholarships Celebration

Saturday, June 30, 10am, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
For scholarship recipients, donors and volunteers only.

2018 Scholarships Celebration

Join us to recognize scholarship recipients and honor our valued donors who awarded more than $2.7 million and nearly 1,000 scholarships for 2018!

The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program is successful because of the generosity of our donors and their commitment to higher education. The annual Scholarships Celebration is an opportunity for donors to connect with students whose lives they have impacted and congratulate them on their accomplishments.

Please email or call (619) 814-1315 for any questions.

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Past Events

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.

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 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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