The work and impact of the San Diego nonprofit community helps to advance just, equitable, and resilient communities in our region. To support your efforts, we’re sharing valuable information every month about upcoming workshops, events, fundraising opportunities and resources with your organization. 

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities 

  • San Diego Gives is a six-month capacity-building program for San Diego-based nonprofits that culminates in a 24-hour online fundraiser on Thursday, September 8, 2022. It educates the San Diego community about addressing the pressing needs of the region. Registration is open until May 31, 2022. 
  • Join local colleagues in philanthropy for Fundraising Fridays, an informal, virtual time to check in with one another, ask questions, and get advice on fundraising matters. This ongoing event is organized by The Hive, Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter and North County Philanthropy Council. Make sure to register for the April 22 meeting.  
  • Candid provides ongoing learning opportunities to develop skills, practices, and behaviors that best prepare people working in the social sector for success.  

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation 

  • The Dr. Seuss Foundation Grant Program is seeking Letters of Intent to support improved literacy that introduces new skills and knowledge in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment. Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 
  • The San Diego Foundation Healthy Children & Families 2022 grant supports projects and programs providing mental, behavioral and related support services to children of all ages and their families, utilizing culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices. This grant is expected to award a total of $300,000. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal. Deadline: May 4, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 
  • The San Diego Foundation and the Dr. Seuss Foundation are proud to announce $1 million in total funding for the 2022 Early Childhood Initiative Equitable Opportunities grant. This grant supports nonprofit organizations implementing strategic efforts to build the region’s resilience by increasing equitable access to educational opportunities and supportive services for young children and their caretakers. Deadline: May 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m. PDT 

Other Funding Opportunities 

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has opened a call for proposals from nonprofits to provide grants for organizations to use data to inform efforts to improve community conditions shaped by structural racism. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation believes that such support is critical for building data capacity in communities to advance health equity. Deadline for receipt of the registration of intent to apply is April 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation makes grants to fund medical and science activities, programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals, and sports-related activities. The average grant in recent years has been $20,000. Requests from other areas will be considered. The Foundation grants generally benefit San Diego County organizations. Deadline: May 1, 2022 
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJP) is accepting applications for their FY2022 Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence program. OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Webinar associated with the grant is on May 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. ET. Deadline for the grant: June 7, 2022, 8:50 p.m. ET 
  • The Pedigree Foundation is accepting applications for their Program Development Grants and their DOGS Rule Grant. The Pedigree Foundation supports organizations that save the lives of dogs that would otherwise be lost. Deadline: May 8, 2022 
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for their Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children from birth up to 12 years of age by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. Deadline: May 17, 2022 
  • Sprout Farmers Market will be accepting applications beginning April 1 from organizations working at the community level providing nutrition education and healthy food access to kids. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $10,000 and support organizations that help children develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. Deadline: May 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT 
  • The Marisla Foundation will be accepting applications beginning May 15, 2022 for their environment program that focuses on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. The primary emphasis is on marine and coastal biodiversity conservation. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health and environmental threats caused by toxic chemicals. Deadline: July 15, 2022  
  • Based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities affecting the most vulnerable populations, Alliance Healthcare Foundation provides responsive funding up to $25,000. Responsive funding requests may be submitted at any time. Deadline: Ongoing 
  • The Parker Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services that improve the lives of people throughout the San Diego region. Deadline: Rolling 
  • American Humane’s Second Chance grant offers public and private animal sheltering agencies and rescue groups financial assistance to help offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or victims of human cruelty. Deadline: Ongoing 


  • The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) may provide letters of support for organizations in California applying for federal grants. If you are applying for a federal grant and would like to receive a letter of support from DHCS, you can submit a request to
  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information. 
  • Need verification that you’re a tax-exempt California nonprofit fast? You can generate an automatic letter from the California Franchise Tax Board. You’ll need either your organization’s name or its Tax ID number. You’ll get an “Entity Status Letter” stating that you are exempt from taxes and in good standing with the Franchise Tax Board. 
  • Taxes can be time-consuming and complicated. The Tax Guide for Nonprofit Organizations from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration helps nonprofits better understand the tax obligations specific to nonprofit organizations.  
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on a wide range of board leadership topics that help educate nonprofits and their boards. Each topic page on the site provides a directory of downloadable resources, articles, and publications. 
  • Learn how to claim and update your organization’s Candid profile. Nonprofit profiles serve as a fundraising tool in telling an organization’s story and are viewed by numerous funders and foundations.  
  • Access over 200 eBooks for free on topics such as fundraising, grant writing, and diversity, equity and inclusion.  
  • The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools and resources for nonprofits.  

Career opportunities at The San Diego Foundation 

Staff at The San Diego Foundation address the region’s most pressing challenges and identify opportunities by working with donors and partners to improve quality of life for all San Diegans. The San Diego Foundation was recognized by The San Diego Union-Tribune as a 2020 and 2021 Top Workplace.  
The San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants  for the following:

  • Accounts Payable Administrator 
  • Grants Specialist Officer 
  • Manager, Regional Affiliates 
  • Program Specialist, Education Initiatives 
  • Research Specialist, Community Impact 
  • Senior Manager, Binational Resilience Fund

San Diego Women’s Foundation

  • San Diego Women’s Foundation Membership and Communications Specialist 

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center

  • Program Officer, Infrastructure Delivery