Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • Join the National Academy of Public Administration’s newly established Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships (the Center), the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), and the National Association of Counties (NACo) on December 10, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:15 PM ET, for a convening on the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Use this link to register for this event.  
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions holds a series of live, virtual Workshops for nonprofits and individuals working for nonprofits throughout the year and access to Foundation Directory Online Professional, a fully searchable database of more than 100,000 foundation and corporate grantmakers. 
  • Mark your calendars for The Funders Network’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment, scheduled for March 14-16 in San Diego! Christiana DeBenedict of The San Diego Foundation is one of the conference co-chairs, joining Craig Martinez of The California Endowment and Marisa Aurora Quiroz of the International Community Foundation. Registration begins Dec. 17 and is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking institutions organizations. Please visit TFN’s event page for more information about TFN’s Annual Conference. 

TSDF Funding Opportunities

  • The San Diego Women’s Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations working towards long-term, sustainable, and community-centered solutions to alleviate food insecurity in areas with low-access to fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate food. We will prioritize organizations that bring community voices to this work and we encourage coordinated and collaborative efforts across organizations. Deadline: December 17, 2021, 5:00PM 
  • The 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation is accepting proposals for high impact programs which will support the youth in the 4S Ranch and Del Sur communities to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: December 20, 2021, 5:00PM 

Other Funding Opportunities

  • As part of a multiyear partnership with California Coast Credit Union (Cal Coast), the San Diego Promise Zone is administering one-time capacity building, community outreach, and workforce development microgrants to support efforts of Promise Zone partners. San Diego Promise Zone Partner Financial Assistance aims to support the grant writing efforts of Promise Zone partners by providing individual professional grant writing technical assistance for partner projects. Staff will also offer technical assistance appointments from Dec. 7, 2021 to Dec. 14, 2021 (excluding weekends and City holidays) between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT). Deadline: January 4, 2022 
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Learning for Justice Fund supports educators who embrace and embed social justice, anti-bias and anti-racist principles throughout their classrooms and schools. They will begin accepting applications on January 5, 2022.  
  • Alliance Healthcare Foundation’s (Alliance) Innovation Initiative i2 $1M Challenge Grant application will be going live on January 1, 2022. With i2, Alliance seeks the most promising innovations to transform the current health paradigm of high cost and poor outcomes to improve quality, increase capacity, and reduce costs for the most systemically marginalized and under-resourced populations in San Diego and/or Imperial counties. Deadline: January 28, 2022 
  • The Dr. Seuss Foundation will be accepting Letters of Interest (LOIs) beginning January 1, 2022. Their focus is on improving literacy and learning as these are essential to succeeding in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment. Deadline: February 1, 2022 5:00PM 
  • As You Sow will be accepting proposals beginning January 1, 2022As You Sow grants monies to non-profit organizations solely for the purposes of educating, reducing, remediating, and/or preventing consumer exposures to toxic chemicals and to increase consumer, worker, and community awareness of the health hazards posed by toxic chemicals in the State of California. Deadline: February 28, 2022  
  • The Bolton Foundation is accepting applications from organizations with programs that benefit community development, education, or youth services. Grants can be used as either seed money for start-up programs or funding for existing programs. Deadline: February 28, 2022 
  • The Rosenberg Foundation encourages letters of inquiry for public-interest advocacy efforts that will help make California a just and economically inclusive state as aligned with their grantmaking priorities. Letters of inquiry for preliminary research and planning also will be accepted. The Rosenberg Foundation currently makes grants in four priority areas – Leading Edge Fund, Justice and Public Safety, Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Workers’ Rights, and Civil Rights and Civic Participation. Deadline: Rolling 
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for innovative ideas that align with their priority areas to ensure all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income – have opportunities to reach their full potential. Deadline: Rolling 
  • The Guitar Center Music Foundation awards traditional instruments only to music instruction programs that are part of 501(c)(3) organizations or public schools in the United States. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. Participants can be of any age. Deadline: Rolling 

Coming Up This Month from the City of San Diego’s Planning Department

The City of San Diego’s Planning Department creates citywide policies for key areas many community members and nonprofit advocacy organization’s care about, including housing, climate action, infrastructure and equity.  

  • Housing Action Package: The Housing Action Package is a series of legislative actions aimed at implementing Mayor Todd Gloria’s Homes For All of Us Initiative. While no single policy can solve the housing affordability crisis, these implementation actions address a variety housing issues that San Diegans face, such as a lack of housing for families and a scarcity of affordable and middle-income housing. The Housing Action Package will include specific guidance on Senate Bill 9 Implementation, Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulation Amendments as well as Land Development Code Amendments. The Housing Action Package website includes the most recent proposed legislative actions, as well as an updated feedback form where you can provide your comments and suggestions. The Housing Action Package is anticipated to be brought to the Community Planners Committee on December 14th, Planning Commission on December 16th, and City Council for a hearing in early 2022. The Planning Department welcomes additional suggestions from community members for policy changes to create more affordable housing opportunities. 
  • Climate Resilient SD: Climate Resilient SD is a comprehensive plan to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, like extreme heat, wildfires, flooding and drought, and it is also a plan for how the City can invest in communities to make them safer, healthier, and more enjoyable while preparing for climate change. The Climate Resilient SD draft plan was unanimously passed by the City’s Planning Commission on November 4th, and by the Environment Committee on November 18th. The plan is scheduled to be considered by City Council on December 14th. The Planning Department is still listening to public feedback about this draft plan, and encourages community members to provide suggestions utilizing any of the opportunities listed here.  

Community Plan Updates 

  • Barrio Logan Community Plan Update: The Barrio Logan Community Plan Update received a recommendation to proceed from the Community Planning Group, the Planning Commission and the Land Use and Housing Committee. Review the draft plan here.  
  • Clairemont Community Plan Update: Staff is currently working on addressing comments on the Draft Community Plan from the Community Planning Group, community stakeholders, and the Planning Commission to prepare a revised draft of the plan. Learn more about the Clairemont Community Plan Update.
  • College Area Community Plan Update: On October 27, staff presented different land use variations and concepts to the community for feedback. On December 1, staff presented mobility concepts to the committee. In early 2022, the Planning Department will release an online community survey to gather broad feedback on land use concepts for the community plan update. Stay up to date on the College Area Community Plan Update by visiting the project webpage here.
  • University Community Plan Update: The October outreach effort, Choose Your Future, was a huge success, with feedback received that reflects the demographic diversity of the community. During the next virtual meeting of the University Community Plan Update Subcommittee (January 18th from 6:00 to 8:00pm), staff will share results of the outreach and proposed land uses for the Community Plan. Register for the meeting here.  
  • Hillcrest Focused Plan Amendment: The Uptown Planners Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, December 16 for a presentation and discussion on Land Use and Urban Form within the Plan Hillcrest area that builds upon feedback received at the October meeting. Subscribe to receive updates about Plan Hillcrest and learn more by visiting PlanHillcrest.org.  
  • Mira Mesa Community Plan Update: The result of mobility modeling based on community suggestions was presented at the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update Advisory Committee meeting on November 15. The presentation and recording are available on the project website here, as well as ways to stay involved.


  • Keep track of your nonprofit’s compliance responsibilities every year. CalNonprofits has compiled this handy comprehensive checklist to help nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations keep up to date with annual filing requirements. All in one place, with links to the resources you need if you have questions.  
  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information. 

TSDF Career Opportunities

  • The San Diego Foundation was awarded a 2020 and 2021 Top Places to Work award by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Our vision for just, equitable and resilient communities is supported by our dedicated staff. Come join our team! We are currently seeking applicants  for a Regional Affiliates Specialist and Controller for the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center.