National Philanthropy Day offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance of charitable giving and its impact on our communities.

From Andrew Carnegie’s generosity providing national public access to libraries, to Malin Burnham’s donation to create the Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation where our community comes together to learn and discuss challenges and opportunities to create a more vibrant region, the footprint of philanthropy is all around us.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in our nation and play a vital role in localized giving. By fostering collaboration and innovation to address regional challenges, organizations like The San Diego Foundation help communities grow stronger.

Community foundations also facilitate giving for individuals, groups and businesses who establish charitable funds and, through grantmaking and giving together tools like impact investing, respond to our region’s most critical needs.

Since 1975, The San Diego Foundation has generated a $1.5 billion impact for the San Diego region, with more than $939 million granted to nonprofits, $422 million in current endowment funds, and $164 million in current non-endowment funds.

Whether through our Regional Affiliate Program that leverages collective giving to improve the quality of life in local communities, or strategic grantmaking to help prepare the San Diego region for the impacts of climate change, drought and wildfires, The San Diego Foundation stands as a pillar of support in our community.

Thanks to our donors, community leaders, nonprofits and partners who give their time, talent or treasure, we are collectively growing a more vibrant region each day in San Diego.

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