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How Our Grantmaking Recommendation Process Works

Donors establish funds at community foundations to utilize charitable giving expertise and community knowledge, and make meaningful grants to valuable nonprofit organizations.

Each community foundation has a grant recommendation process and guidelines to follow.

Grantmaking Recommendation Process

The following is our grantmaking recommendation process at The San Diego Foundation. Note that our Board of Governors typically approves all grant recommendations unless the purpose is not charitable and/or there is a real or perceived conflict of interest in making the grant.

The Foundation enhances our community by working with individuals, businesses and organizations to establish charitable funds. Grants from these funds support charitable groups and programs working to improve the quality of life in San Diego County and beyond.

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With hundreds of philanthropic partners, we support nonprofits and public institutions in fields such as health and human services, education, arts and culture, environment, civil society, science and technology, disaster relief and other areas of need as diverse as the region itself.

We provide several different fund options as well to fit donor needs.

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