Fast Facts

The San Diego Foundation’s mission 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.

We are your community foundation and we maximize the impact of charitable giving to enact positive social change in our region. We mobilize resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement through effective, responsible and innovative philanthropy.


The Board of Governors leads The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with CEO & President B. Kathlyn Mead. The board features 20 diverse professionals who are passionate about San Diego and identifying challenges and opportunities to realize our community’s potential.


Assets include $744 million in 2,089 separate funds. In Fiscal Year 2016, The Foundation accepted more than $49 million in contributions to new and existing funds, and 130 new funds were opened, including 47 new endowment funds.

The Foundation manages 1,173 endowment funds of more than $474 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 2016, The Foundation awarded $58 million in grants to the nonprofit community. Since 1975, The Foundation has granted more than $1 billion to address many challenges and opportunities throughout the county.

Social Impact Areas

Program areas integrate the framework of WELL – Work, Enjoy, Live, & Learn – advancing community-driven priorities identified in Our Greater San Diego Vision. WELL supports:

  • Arts, Culture and Humanity
  • Civil Society and Social Innovation
  • Disaster Preparedness and Relief
  • Education, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Environment
  • 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 who possess programs for social change that best integrate the WELL framework.

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Information as of 8/31/2017

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