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San Diego Fundraising Conference 2024

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Nonprofit Professionals: Don’t miss the second annual San Diego Fundraising Conference. On September 20, we will “Navigate the Future of Philanthropy” with a full day of learning at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel downtown. This professional development opportunity brings together national fundraising experts, thought leaders and local colleagues for education and camaraderie.

SDF Career Opportunities

The SDF team helps donors and partners transform lives across our region by delivering world-class philanthropy and offering best-in-class services. SDF has been rated a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune for four consecutive years.

San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Community Impact Manager, Early Childhood Initiative
  • Director, Government Grants
  • Executive Assistant, Innovation
  • Investment Operations Specialist
  • Program Specialist, Community Impact

SDF Funding Opportunities

  • The Community Scholars Initiative 2024 Grant Program seeks to award innovative, high-impact proposals for the newly re-envisioned Community Scholars Initiative 2024 Grant Program that supports students who identify as students with disabilities, foster youth, students experiencing homelessness and English language learners. Deadline: April 18, 2024, by 3:00 p.m.
  • Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit grant applications for projects that will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. The two focus areas are Music and Community Enhancement. Deadline: May 22, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. 
  • The Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community. Deadline: May 30, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The HIVE, a Leichtag Foundation Initiative, holds in-person and virtual workshops for nonprofits. Workshop topics range from effective leadership to strategic approaches to media relations. Learn more about its professional development opportunities here.
  • Engaging Donors of All Generations Learn how and why different generations of donors give and opportunities to inspire supporters of all ages to give and volunteer. Panelists include various foundations. The event will be held via Zoom on April 16, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Nonprofit Solutions holds several workshops that help nonprofit employees learn, connect and grow. These workshops are offered in person and virtually. Learn more about its upcoming events and workshops here.
  • CANDID Learning holds a series of free online workshops for nonprofit employees at all stages and experiences of their careers. You can search through training opportunities here.
  • SDSU will offer a 6-week course on starting a nonprofit. The course is supplemented with useful checklists, worksheets, reading lists and field trips to a wide variety of online resources. The course is $147 and has various start dates.
  • The San Diego Public Library offers a wide range of free, highly interactive, and instructor-led online courses. Courses run for six weeks, and new sessions begin every month. You must be a library cardholder in good standing to enroll.
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.
  • 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 Office of Early Childhood Development within the Administration for Children and Families is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2024 Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program. Funds will support 5-year cooperative agreements between the Administration for Children and Families and federally recognized Indian tribes (or a consortium of Indian tribes), tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations interested in developing, implementing, sustaining, or expanding an evidence-based home visiting program serving expectant families and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten. Deadline: April 18, 2024.
  • Presented by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation in partnership with NBC and Telemundo-owned stations in 11 markets, NBCUniversal Local Impact Grants strengthens our communities by providing unrestricted funds to eligible local nonprofit organizations with total expenses less than $1,000,000. NBC San Diego is currently accepting applications, with a total award of $227,272 to qualifying nonprofits. The deadline is April 19, 2024, by 4:59 p.m.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is accepting applications for its Challenge America grant. This grant program offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. Applying is a multi-step process. Please be sure to allow sufficient time for registration, which can take several weeks. Deadline: April 25, 2024, by 8:59 p.m.
  • The Story of Stuff is accepting applications for their grassroots grants program to support underfunded organizations and communities addressing a myriad of environmental and social justice issues, with a focus on flights over water privatization and plastic pollution. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led and serving groups with a budget of $50,000 or less. Deadline: None.
  • Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generation is accepting applications through their rapid response fund. Priority will be given to supporting organizations and fiscally sponsored projects based in trans communities that are facing high levels of harm and who have limited access to foundation support. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Waitt Foundation is accepting applications for its Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program. ROC grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. The deadline is rolling.
  • The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits that support or operate a formal classroom K-12 grade program of which the primary purpose, curriculum, or object emphasizes the teaching of mathematics or the sciences and/or the application or development of skills related to art and/or the performing arts and music. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) is accepting formal grant applications. CICF makes grants to organizations located or operating in U.S. communities where the cruise industry maintains vessel operations, employs significant numbers of individuals, purchases products and services from strategic business partners; and carries out programs and activities that confer significant local community benefits. Deadline: CICF grant applications are accepted throughout the calendar year. Grant submissions will be reviewed every quarter for final selection. The full review process may take up to six months.
  • Lyft is accepting applications for its transportation grant program. Lyft is committed to helping reduce transportation barriers for historically excluded communities nationwide. Lyft awards local community grants, in the form of in-app ride credits, on an ongoing basis, as funds become available. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from organizations that help increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. LOI Deadline: Rolling.
  • The California Wellness Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for its Advancing Wellness Grant Program. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address urgent needs in their communities. Specifically, the focus is on low-income communities, people of color, youth, immigrants, and residents of rural areas. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation accepts inquiries from educational institutions and nonprofit trade organizations that help economically disadvantaged high school students develop portfolios to qualify for admission to art school and provide college scholarships for them to study graphic design, advertising, photography and illustration. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • S. Bank Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Community Possible Grant Program. U.S. Bank Foundation supports organizations and programs that advance the following funding priorities: WORK – Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity, HOME – Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization, PLAY – Artistic and Cultural Enrichment, Learning Through Play and Preserving, Protecting and Enhancing Outdoor Places to Play. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its 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 W.K. Kellogg Foundation accepts applications at any time from organizations whose projects or proposals align with its three areas of focused work: thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation accepts 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 and personal expenses. Deadline: Rolling.

Nonprofit Resources

  • Social Venture Partners provides free, hands-on, customized consulting to nonprofits looking to strengthen its organization and grow its
  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter is a professional development group for fundraisers. It is a great organization to learn about capacity building, networking and education.
  • gov is the gateway to the federal grants world. Learn more about the federal grants process and how to register to their system.
  • CalNonprofits offers a wide array of resources for California-based nonprofits.
  • CA Attorney General’s Guide for Charities provides information about best practices for nonprofits that operate or fundraise in California.
  • S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Applying for Section 501(c)(3) status. Read a PDF or view a video about how to file for nonprofit status.
  • Mission Driven Finance provides services in nonprofit investment opportunities and financial services.
  • The Nonprofit Board Exchange is a free service offered by Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego in collaboration with their community partners to expand the pool of nonprofit board members in San Diego by sharing training, resources and listings of open board positions.
  • 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 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 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 their communities.
  • 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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (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.