The mission of The San Diego Foundation is to improve the quality of life in all of our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance the common good.
For more than 40 years, The San Diego Foundation has maximized the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. We manage and invest donor-advised charitable funds for individuals, families, companies and agencies. We support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. We collaborate with donors and partner organizations to address challenges in the San Diego region.
The Board of Governors leads The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the CEO & President. The board features 22 diverse professionals who are passionate about San Diego and identifying opportunities to realize our community’s potential.
Assets include $871 million in 2,186 separate funds. In Fiscal Year 2018, The Foundation accepted more than $143 million in contributions to new and existing funds, and 131 new funds were opened, including 48 new endowment funds.
The Foundation manages 1,227 endowment funds of more than $535 million. Endowments benefit San Diego for good, forever as these permanent gifts grow and yield grant funding for current and future generations.
Foundation assets, including endowments, are professionally invested based on specific fund type to maximize return, strengthen grantmaking and create sustainable growth.
In Fiscal Year 2018, The Foundation awarded $67.4 million in grants to the nonprofit community. Since 1975, The Foundation has granted more than $1.1 billion to address many challenges and opportunities throughout San Diego County.
Social Impact Areas
- Arts, Culture and Humanity
- Civil Society and Social Innovation
- Disaster Preparedness and Relief
- Education, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
- Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
- Health and Human Services
- Housing and Shelter
- Public Safety
- Science and Technology
- Youth Development
The Foundation collaborates with nonprofits, government, business, philanthropy, academia and other community leaders to promote philanthropy and catalyze social change.
Strengthen San Diego with a Contribution to these Programs and Funds:
- Age-Friendly Communities
- Balboa Park
- Center for Civic Engagement
- Community Scholarships
- Creative Catalyst
- Early Childhood Education & Development Program
- Fund for the Future
- Impact Investing Fund
- Opening the Outdoors
- Regional Disaster Fund
- Science & Technology
- Strong Families, Thriving Communities
Information as of 2/28/2019
Feeling inspired? You can give right now by donating to an existing fund or opening a new fund. Your generosity makes a difference!