The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance just, equitable, and resilient communities in our region. To support your efforts, San Diego Foundation (SDF) is sharing valuable information every month about upcoming workshops, events, fundraising opportunities, and resources with your organization.

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San Diego Fundraising Conference

The San Diego Fundraising Conference will take place Friday, September 8 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel downtown. This professional development opportunity brings national experts and nonprofit fundraising professionals together for a day of learning and camaraderie.

Early Bird Tickets are $100. Regular tickets are $125 after Thursday, June 15, 2023. Registration opens May 4, 2023. Learn more about the conference here.

SDF Funding Opportunities

  • Binational Resilience Initiative 2023 Grant – The Binational Resilience Initiative (BRI) seeks to support projects that help build the resiliency of the Cali-Baja region. Funding requests can range between $25,000 – $50,000 per year for each partner organization working together on a collaborative project. Total funding for a collaborative project cannot exceed $100,000. Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. PDT.
  • Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation 2023-2024 Grant Cycle – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit proposals for projects that build a more vibrant and civically engaged community and programs involving music. Deadline: Monday, May 22, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. PDT.
  • Ramona Community Foundation 2023-2024 Grant Cycle – Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and recover from the pandemic. Deadline: Monday, May 22, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. PDT.

SDF Career Opportunities

The SDF team is committed to advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, and building resilient communities. By delivering world-class philanthropy and offering best-in-class services, we help our donors transform lives across our region. SDF is rated a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Administrative Assistant, Community Impact
  • Finance Senior Manager
  • Lead Fellow, Community Impact Fellows Initiative
  • Manager, Donor Services

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center is seeking applicants for an intern.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • Dining Out for Life San Diego – It is the 17th annual Dining Out for Life San Diego event. San Diego’s most generous restaurants and bars will donate 25% or more of their sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Event Day: Thursday, April 27, 2023.
  • San Diego Gives is a dedicated day of giving to make an impact across San Diego County on September 7, 2023. Nonprofits can benefit from a wave of support throughout that day and access months of training in fundraising, donor stewardship, and communications before the event. Nonprofit registration is open until Apil 30, 2023.
  • Hear Together: AAPI Heritage Month Celebration & Community Listening Session – Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Coalition at the Mingei Museum. Event Day: 6-9 p.m. PDT, Monday, May 1.
  • California Humanities will be hosting an online Grant Seeker Workshop with details about available funding opportunities. Register for the workshop that takes place at 11:00 a.m. PDT, Thursday, May 4.
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.
  • Nonprofit Solutions provides effective, impactful, and relevant professional development. In-person and virtual (live and interactive) workshops are both available.
  • Nonprofit Ready offers hundreds of free professional development resources including courses and certificates on fundraising, grant writing, starting a nonprofit, finance, engagement, marketing, and human resources.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is accepting applications for the Organics grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to further the purposes of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and lower overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California to reduce the amount of California-generated green materials, food materials, or alternative daily cover (ADC) being sent to landfills. Deadline: April 20, 2023.
  • NBCUniversal Foundation, in conjunction with NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, are teaming up to make a positive impact in the community with Local Impact Grants. This program will recognize and award grants to local non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that are addressing local community issues through innovative solutions around three grant categories. Deadline: April 21, 2023.
  • The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications to its Youth Literacy Grants program. This program provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or having difficulty reading. Deadline: April 27, 2023, by 8:00 p.m. PDT.
  • 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, 2023.
  • The Yield Giving Open Call is a $250 million open call focused on elevating organizations working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States: communities, individuals, and families with access to the fewest foundational resources and opportunities. This initiative will award unrestricted gifts of $1 million each to 250 organizations. Community-led, community-focused nonprofit organizations from across the United States and U.S. Territories are invited to apply and share the impact they have had on the abilities of individuals and families in their communities to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being.  Deadline: Interested organizations must register to apply before 4 p.m. U.S. Central Time on Friday, May 5, 2023. Complete applications are due before 4 p.m. U.S. Central Time on Monday, June 12, 2023.
  • The 2023 Local Housing Trust Fund Program is accepting applications. The principal goal of this program is to provide grants to Local Housing Trust Funds established by cities and counties, Native American Tribes, and incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to increase the supply of housing to households with incomes of 80 percent or less of area median income. Deadline: May 17, 2023.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for their Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity grant from organizations to support studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MIT Club of San Diego is accepting applications to assist local educators, schools and nonprofits in improving STEM education in San Diego. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation accepts applications at any time from organizations whose projects or proposals align with their three areas of focused work: Thriving Children, Working Families, and Equitable Communities. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation is accepting applications from artists for their Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for individual artists. Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal expenses. Deadline: Rolling.
  • 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 applications 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. Nonprofits who focus on animal rights and rescue are encouraged to submit proposals. Deadline: Ongoing.

Nonprofit Resources

  • CalNonprofits offers a wide array of resources for California-based nonprofits.
  • Nonprofit Hub produces free guides on several helpful topics for nonprofits.
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on a wide range of board leadership topics that help educate nonprofits and their boards, including 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.
  • The Nonprofit Institute’s Digital Library houses our public reports and evaluations, including our State of California and State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Annual Reports.
  • Wallace Foundation offers general nonprofit resources, including articles and studies by leading thinkers in the field of nonprofit finances.
  • The National Council on Nonprofits helps nonprofits achieve greater collective impact by identifying emerging trends, sharing proven practices and promoting solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
  • Nonprofit Ready provides free online course library supporting the most common nonprofit job families, including fundraising, leadership, accounting and finance, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement, and program management.
  • Volunteer Management Guide provides tools and best practices for effectively managing volunteers.
  • Tech Soup offers free and discounted software and hardware for nonprofits.
  • Impact Cubed’s DEI Resource Library provides a growing list of DEI resources from community partners, including the Alliance for Regional Solutions, Fieldstone Leadership Network, and North County Philanthropy Council.