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Grantmaking for Impact During the 2022 Giving Season

As you approach the end of the year, this giving season you may be thinking about tax deadlines as well as the impact your grantmaking has made, and how you can continue to support just, equitable and resilient communities in San Diego and beyond.

This year, you partnered with us to give for good and help transform lives across our region.

In all, we granted more than $150 million to over 2,300 nonprofits – the most charitable year in our history. Your grantmaking resulted in:

As you continue to invest in programs that do good for San Diegans who need it most, consider the following ways to make the most of your grantmaking this Giving Season.

How to Make a Grant

With your donor-advised fund (DAF) at San Diego Foundation (SDF), you can grow your giving, access charitable giving expertise and community knowledge, and make meaningful grants to nonprofits working on the frontlines.

Our Donor Services Team can help you understand the most pressing needs facing our communities this year – and how you can help through your grantmaking.

For immediate assistance, contact our Donor Services Team at (619) 814-1332 or DonorServices@sdfoundation.org. If you prefer to do your own research, we highly recommend Guidestar’s national database for information about nonprofit organizations.

This Giving Season, the most critical date to remember for your SDF grantmaking is this:

Grants guaranteed to be postmarked before December 31 must be received by December 22 at 12:00pm.

To recommend a grant, login to your MySDF account. Click on “Recommend Grant” and follow the instructions. Or, contact our Donor Services team at (619) 814-1332 or DonorServices@sdfoundation.org for assistance.

Grant Recommendation Process

At SDF, our grant recommendation process is the following:

Explore more donor resources.

Supporting our Vision

If you would like to be more intentional about advancing our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities through your philanthropy this Giving Season, consider making a grant to one of our strategic initiative funds that align with your giving interests, including:

You can grant to one of these funds on the MySDF donor portal or by contacting us.

If you have questions about your grantmaking or are seeking one-on-one guidance this Giving Season, please do not hesitate to contact our Donor Services Team at (619) 814-1332 or donorservices@sdfoundation.org.

Contribution Guidelines for 2022

Refer to the critical dates below to ensure that contributions and grant recommendations are received and processed by December 31, the IRS deadline for yearly tax deduction eligibility. For some assets, these dates fall in November.

Contribution Type Action Needed Timing
Mutual Fund Call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 or email DonorServices@sdfoundation.org. Mutual fund donations must arrive to SDF by November 23.
Stock Submit a Stock Contribution Form or call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 or email DonorServices@sdfoundation.org. Stock donations must arrive to SDF brokerage accounts by December 29 at 1:00pm.
Credit Card Log in to your MySDF account.
Click on “Give to My Fund” and follow instructions.
Or
Call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 to contribute to your fund with your credit card. Credit card processing fees will apply.
Credit card donations must be processed by SDF by December 30 at 12:00pm.
Check Mail to:
Attn: Donations
San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Please write your fund name and number in the memo field of your check. Make the check payable to San Diego Foundation. (For Endowment funds, please indicate whether the gift should be applied to the principal or distributable portion of the fund.)
Mail must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office by December 31.
Electronic Bank Transfer Log in to your MySDF account.
Click on “Give to My Fund” and follow instructions.
Or
Call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 to set up an electronic bank transfer to your fund.
Funds must be received by December 30.
Wire Transfer Call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 or email DonorServices@sdfoundation.org. Funds must be received by December 30.
IRA
Includes Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) and Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
Deadlines and actions needed are dependent on IRA contribution type and custodian.
Grantmaking
Grants Log in to your MySDF account.
Click on “Recommend Grant” and follow instructions.
Or
Call Donor Services at (619) 814-1332 or email DonorServices@sdfoundation.org.
Grants guaranteed to be postmarked before December 31 must be received by December 22 at 12:00pm.

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