Our mission at 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.
Thanks to our donors and partners, we’re able to live out our mission each day.
What are some of our bigger accomplishments recently?
Check out 10 ways we helped grow a more vibrant San Diego region in early 2018:
- The Fund for the Future, an endowment fund that will forever support the San Diego region’s unforeseen challenges, topped $1 million with $113,159 in new contributions and $80,787 in investment returns. Thanks to your vision and leadership today, the Fund for the Future will enable us to create and respond to opportunity as regional challenges emerge.
- The Opportunities for Kids Fund, established by an anonymous donor, received a $1 million gift. The fund supports trips to Washington, D.C. for San Diego Unified School District middle schoolers in City Heights through a Cesar Chavez Service Club program.
- In its first year, the Community Scholars Initiative provided about $200,000 in scholarships to more than 80 low-income and first-generation four-year college-going students, as part of our Community Scholarship Program. The Community Scholars Initiative is a collaborative partnership with Reality Changers and the Sweetwater Union High School District to help needs-based students prepare for, pay for and persist through college with support from College Futures Foundation.
- In partnership with the Clinton Foundation and County of San Diego, we convened about 100 key thought leaders and local stakeholders to launch a detailed plan to improve the health and well-being of children and families in the San Diego region. The Strong Families, Thriving Communities Blueprint for Action focuses on increasing equity and effectiveness for families who interact with San Diego child welfare and juvenile justice systems by aligning policies, practices and resources.
- Our Science & Technology Program granted more than $632,000 to support greater inclusion for underrepresented students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, supporting our local economy through stipends for students pursuing internships at local scientific and technical companies, or academic research.
- We partnered with Mission Edge to launch the 2018 Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL) designed to empower nonprofit organizations and purpose-driven businesses to develop and grow sustainable, revenue-based business models that align with their social missions. The 14-week program provided a rich curriculum with content, tools, workshops and lectures that helped participants build and test their business models. Urban Street Angels won the $4,500 cash prize and took home nearly $40,000 total, including donor contributions.
- Our Age Friendly Communities Program partners achieved the following:
- County of San Diego completed and adopted Age WELL San Diego, an age- and dementia-friendly action plan.
- City of Chula Vista published its Age-Friendly Communities plan online for public comment before a City Council vote in July.
- City of La Mesa announced its commitment to join the World Health Organizations Network for Age-Friendly Cities, and will be the third municipal partner to receive support from our program.
- Four Regional Affiliates of The San Diego Foundation – the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, Chula Vista Charitable Foundation and Oceanside Charitable Foundation – held their Annual Grant Celebrations and combined to award more than $230,000 to local nonprofits making an impact in their respective neighborhoods.
- A Regional Affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation welcomed over 350 community members to its Annual Hats Off to Volunteers event. A celebrity panel, including former NFL player Brian Sipe and many elected officials, helped present the congratulatory hats to honor more than 75 Rancho Bernardo community volunteers.
- For the second consecutive year, The San Diego Foundation was recognized as the Most Admired Foundation in San Diego at the annual Malin Burnham Awards, hosted by Reality Changers. The Foundation was also named a finalist by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce for the Bill Trumpfheller Social Impact Small Business Award.