The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance a vibrant quality of life in the San Diego region. To support your efforts, we’re sharing valuable information every month about upcoming workshops, events, fundraising opportunities and resources with your organization.

What’s Upcoming

  • Join The San Diego Foundation and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation on April 16, 2019 for a screening of the documentary No Small Matter. Following the film, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and other local leaders, experts and attendees will engage in a conversation about the importance of early childhood education and care, and the potential to benefit San Diego children and families. RSVP for this free event.
  • The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is bringing internationally-recognized Beth Kanter to San Diego on April 18, 2019 for a workshop: A Happy, Healthy Nonprofit! In this workshop, Beth will discuss burnout and self-care and share the latest thinking on well-being in the nonprofit workplace. The event will be held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Use discount count code SIP10 upon registration.
  • Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2019 CIE Summit April 24-26th, 2019, that will feature diverse perspectives on approaches to advancing care coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and data sharing. Learn more about the speakers, workshops and agenda here.
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership will hold its 3rd annual Opportunity Summit on May 2, 2019 Join local and national changemakers as the OpportunitySD movement continues to empower young people and allies working to increase opportunity and decrease poverty in San Diego County.
  • The Evaluating and Visualizing Impact Workshop Series from the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit & Philanthropic Research will move you beyond the basics of program design and teach you skills and techniques for analyzing your data and communicating your impact. Experienced nonprofit evaluators will lead all sessions and provide personal support in a small group setting for a fraction of the cost of private consultation or third-party evaluation. Register for the whole series here. Scholarships available. First workshop is May 10, 2019.
  • Join the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture on May 29, 2019 at the University of San Diego for Digital Marketing for the Arts: A One-Day Intensive and connect with industry-leading practitioners, gain tactical advice and learn how to make use of the many resources available online. Whether you’re an artist, an arts organizer or nonprofit worker, Digital Marketing for the Arts: A One-Day Intensive will help you navigate digital platforms to maximize your efforts in creating captivating content and engaging new audiences. Registration will open April 17, 2019. Visit this site for event details and link to registration.

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) is in its 31st grant cycle and invites nonprofits serving Rancho Bernardo to submit applications directed toward investing in community enhancement and music. RBCF seeks to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community through programs that make Rancho Bernardo a great place in which to live, work and play. Deadline: May 20, 2019 at 5PM

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The California Arts Council has opened a new Request for Proposals for its Arts in Corrections program, intended to break down the barriers of prison arts programming and work in state correctional settings through support for projects aimed at program development. Proposals may include professional development, mentorship, and training for organizations and teaching artists; training tool development; curriculum development; program assessment and evaluation; or innovative projects that seek to expand or challenge the status quo of arts education in state correctional facilities. Deadline: April 22, 2019, 4 PM 
  • Petsmart Charities’ Preserving Families Initiative supports programs that facilitate interventions for people and their pets at the point of imminent relinquishment or separation. The intervention takes place at a pivotal point of transition for the human, that will risk the bond between human and animal. The interventions have an identifiable time frame, such as short-term sheltering, may be co-located with a pet or human service agency, and provide a temporary service. Learn more here. Deadline: April 24, 2019
  • The Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military in times of need, is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for the 2019 Newman’s Own Awards for creative ideas to improve quality of life for service members and their families. Grants will be awarded to recognize and support innovative programs that improve the quality of life of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard and their families facing the stress of long deployments and separation and/or the long-term effects associated with service. Deadline: April 25, 2019
  • The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is accepting applications for the 2019 Drucker Prize, an annual award that recognizes a nonprofit organization which best demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” The award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000, recognizes an existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves and is granted to the nonprofit organization that best demonstrates innovation. Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • As a part of The Mary Kay Foundation’s effort to eliminate domestic violence, the Foundation makes grants to worthwhile organizations that aid survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. Each year, the Foundation awards a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state that applies. Any remaining funds are distributed based on state population. Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation provides assistance to organizations as part of its mission to build strong communities. The foundation creates grants in the areas of education, the arts, health, science, history, the environment, and those in need. Applications must be submitted by postal mail. Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • The CrowdStrike Foundation is accepting proposals for its Small Grant Program for cybersecurity projects. The Foundation welcomes proposals that will yield demonstrable progress on a complex cybersecurity problem. They are particularly interested in supporting efforts that will yield a tool that: assists malware analysis (can be Hybrid Analysis plugins) and assists Machine-Learning based malware classification. Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • The Boys and Girls Foundation is accepting Letters of Interests to nonprofits that support or create programs which provide preventative services or direct care to abused, neglected and at-risk youth in San Diego County. Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Annual Open Grant Program, which supports research projects aimed at developing methods to replace or reduce the use of animals in science. Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for research related to alternatives to the use of laboratory animals in research, testing, and education. Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • The Ramona Food and Clothes Closet is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations to provide emergency food, clothing, and other resources and aid to individuals and families in need of assistance in Ramona, Santa Ysabel, Julian, Ranchita, Borrego Springs, Warner Springs and outlying areas. Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities, The Alliance Healthcare Foundation provides responsive funding up to $25,000. Responsive Funding requests may be submitted at any time.


  • Nonprofit organizations can utilize The San Diego Foundation’s Community Engagement Space for conference and meeting rooms at no charge.
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  • Through a partnership with The Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.