November 14, 2014 – San Diego, CA – During the week of November 12-18, 2014, The San Diego Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week.

The San Diego Foundation is among the top 25 largest community foundations in the nation based on asset size. All share the common goal of serving donors, nonprofit organizations, and their community. In addition, they provide effective leadership and coordinate community needs and services so that charitable gifts are used effectively to fulfill a community’s most critical needs.

“Community foundations aim to advise and support individuals and organizations in their efforts to address community challenges,” San Diego Foundation CEO Kathlyn Mead explains. “We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all San Diegans today and in the future through civic engagement, and the power of collaboration and coordination.”

As part of the week’s celebration activities, The Foundation and Mead will host a Listening Tour with Mira Mesa community leaders on Tuesday, November 18. Interested members of the press who wish to attend can contact Theresa Nakata for details.

For 25 years, Community Foundation Week has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

Community foundations offer donors many services and benefits. They routinely work with families, individuals, attorneys and estate and financial planners to design gift plans that fit every economic situation, ensuring that donors receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and that their philanthropic dollars are used to the fullest extent. Community foundations accept gifts of various sizes and types from private citizens, local corporations, other foundations and government agencies. Nearly every type of gift — real estate, closely held stock, artwork and insurance — can be contributed to a community foundation. Gifts are made from bequests and by living donors through various types of funds and deferred giving vehicles.

Every day, The San Diego Foundation works to improve our quality of life in San Diego, connecting donors and nonprofits with the tools and resources they need to make impactful community investments. In FY2014, The Foundation provided $50.7 million in the form of 4,148 grants to nonprofit organizations that serve community needs in the areas of Education, the Environment, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, Disaster Relief and others.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.

Learn more about The San Diego Foundation by watching the video “What is a Community Foundation?” To research or make a gift to a local nonprofit organization, contact a community expert or philanthropic advisor to help you connect with and support the causes you care about most at 619-235-2300, or by

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $671 million in assets, more than half of which resides in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $894 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

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Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,