In this Meet our Giving Team blog series, we’re interviewing each of our team members so you can learn more about the individuals – both professionally and personally – who are helping you give confidently to make the most social impact. In today’s post, meet Bridget Strickland, Director of Donor Services.

What is your favorite part about working at SDF?

The people and the commitment to the San Diego community! I think we have an amazing team working hard to further all our work in the region and I’m so glad to be back.

What do you enjoy most about partnering with donors and philanthropists?

Learning about what inspires their giving and how our team and San Diego Foundation can support them and help them have an even greater impact.

What inspires you?

Driving positive growth and change for the San Diego region. Like the donors we work with, I also have a vision for what my community could be. I am determined to leave San Diego stronger even if it is in my own small way. I invest my own dollars and volunteer time through my long-time membership in the San Diego Women’s Foundation and through my career dedicated to building a more equitable region.

How did you get started working in the nonprofit sector?

I was working as a student employee in college and was hired to work for a department’s fundraising and marketing team. I loved it so much that I just never stopped and now, over 20 years later, I can’t imagine a more fulfilling career path.

How do you make time for work/life balance?

The key to balance in my life is prioritizing active time in my day – every day I walk my dogs, go to Pilates or take a hike. For me, getting moving helps me allow my mind to wander, come up with creative solutions, and refocus my thoughts. I have found that I’m able to be more present at work and at home when I make my health a priority.

What social impact area matters to you the most?

Housing. I’m a little biased since my last position was with San Diego Habitat for Humanity, but I truly believe that an affordable, livable home has the greatest and furthest reaching impacts on a family. I think San Diego has an opportunity to reinvent the affordable housing sector so families can grow and thrive instead of being income-limited and stuck in generational poverty. I’m looking forward to what the future might bring!

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

Walking or playing with my two dogs! They are two-year-old shepherd mixes, so there is a lot of energy in our home.

What’s your favorite spot in your neighborhood?

Really, any place outside, but I spend a lot of time on the trails at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking! Fun fact – in 2022, I committed to completing the 52 Hike Challenge and ended up logging 59 hikes, over 580 miles, and 200 hours on trails for the year.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?

Albert Einstein. Not only was he a brilliant scientist, but he also said that he often thought in music; was a political advocate including joining the civil rights movement when he emigrated to the U.S.; and was described as “childlike and profoundly stubborn.” I think he’d be incredibly interesting to spend time with.

What is your favorite destination outside of San Diego?

I have a lot of travel goals, but Kauai is one place I’ve been and would go back to any time.