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Community Foundations and the Power of Philanthropy

Across the country, hundreds of community foundations are celebrating Community Foundation Week – including here in San Diego. The week honors the commitment from community foundations across America and recognizes their accomplishments.

Have you dreamt of doing good for your local community, but had no idea where to start? Community foundations are there to help!

What is a Community Foundation and How Do They Work?

A community foundation is a grant-making public charity that partners with donors to improve the lives of people in a certain area – just like San Diego Foundation does for the San Diego region.

Individuals, families and businesses can give any type of gift (cash, stock, real estate, etc.) to the organization and begin a charitable fund within the organization. Then you can begin grantmaking at any time. They’re designed to serve as the bridge between you, your charitable contributions and the causes that matter most to you.

Why Choose a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are rooted in their regions, so they have extensive knowledge on the issues that matter most and the organizations that could make the most impact at the time.

At San Diego Foundation (SDF), institutional grantmaking is focused on seven impact areas – from education to racial and social justice to the environment and more. Community foundations can also work with you to ensure your funds can go to causes that align with your interests in San Diego or around the world. Plus, there are some significant tax advantages to utilizing a community foundation for your charitable contributions.

San Diego Foundation’s Impact

At San Diego Foundation, the 2022 Annual Report revealed a record-breaking grantmaking year in San Diego County.  More than $150 million was granted to various nonprofits addressing community needs and advancing our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities in San Diego.

SDF granted funds to local, regional, national and international nonprofits this past year – including a record $111.6 million to San Diego area nonprofits, which is up 20% from the previous year.

Are you interested in getting started with SDF and making an impact in the region? Learn more about the types of charitable funds SDF has to offer.

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