Fast Facts

The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve quality of life in our region. We manage and invest donor-advised charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses 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 Mark Stuart. The board features 20 diverse professionals who are passionate about San Diego and identifying opportunities to realize our community’s potential.


Assets include $1.2 billion in 2,308 separate funds. In Fiscal Year 2020, The Foundation accepted more than $93.7 million in contributions to new and existing funds, and 117 new funds were opened, including 48 new endowment funds.

The Foundation manages 1,331 endowment funds of more than $691 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 2020, The Foundation awarded $77.8 million in grants to the nonprofit community. Since 1975, The Foundation has granted more than $1.3 billion to address many challenges and opportunities throughout San Diego County.

Social Impact Areas

Program areas advance community-driven priorities identified in Our Greater San Diego Vision, including: 

  • 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 to promote philanthropy and catalyze social change.

Strengthen San Diego with a Contribution to these Programs and Funds:

Information as of 3/31/21

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