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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SDF Funding Opportunities 

  • SDF is accepting applications for the Science & Technology FY23 Grant Program. The goal of this program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented, high-potential students in the STEM career pipeline by providing opportunities for stipend-supported internships in advanced technical and scientific fields.  Deadline: December 16, 2022 by 5:00 PM.   
  • 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF) is accepting proposals for programs that support youth development in the 4S Ranch and Del Sur communities. For the 2023-2024 4SCF grant cycle, grant requests from a minimum of $1,500 up to $7,500 in funding may be awarded. Deadline: December 21, 2022, by 5:00 PM.  
  • The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) is accepting letters of inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations working to address the widening educational inequities in pre-kindergarten education for children from under-resourced communities addressing both immediate impact as well as long-term structural and systemic change. Deadline: December 30, 2022, at 5:00PM.  
  • San Diego Foundation is seeking proposals from community-based organizations delivering high-quality summer learning programs to San Diego County students over the course of summer 2023 and summer 2024, with a focus on students who are furthest from opportunity in North, East and South County. Twelve to 15 grants of approximately $100,000 to $175,000 are anticipated to be awarded for the two-year period.  Deadline: January 12, 2023, by 11:59 PM. 
  • Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) is accepting proposals for projects that invest in and celebrate the City of Escondido, bring it together to build community and enhance its quality of life. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. The funding range is $15,000 to $40,000.  Deadline: January 23, 2023, by 5:00 PM. 

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities 

  • Fundraising Fridays. Join local colleagues in philanthropy for this informal, virtual time to check in with one another, ask questions, and get advice on fundraising matters. This is a free virtual event and will be held on December 23, 2022, from 9:00 AM-10:00AM.  Register here.
  • The Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego and the Clare Rose Foundation have joined forces to offer the Clare Rose Sabbatical Program as part of the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego. Deadline: January 31, 2023, by 11:59pm. 
  • Nonprofit Solutions provides effective, impactful, & 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 FY2022 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program for Federally-Recognized Tribes in California is accepting RFPs from federally-recognized tribes in preparing for all hazards. Funds provided under this program must be used to support activities that effectively contribute to the tribe’s capability to prevent, prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made. Deadline: December 30, 2022, by 5:00 PM. 
  • The American Academy of Dermatology is accepting applications for their Shade Structure Program to protect children where they learn and play. Each shade structure award is a maximum of $8,000, which includes the cost for shade materials and installation. Deadline: December 23, 2022.
  • Walmart is accepting applications for its Local Community Grants program to support and strengthen communities in the Funding Source’s service area. Deadline: December 31, 2022. 
  • The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Community Foundation are accepting applications for their regular grants program for projects of benefit to the San Marcos community. Deadline: January 4, 2023, by 5:00 PM.
  • Las Patronas is accepting applications from organizations for their Spring minor grants cycle ( $20,000). Las Patronas will only fund specific, critically needed capital items that have a useful life of at least three years. All funds must go to the requested capital item. Funded items must be used in San Diego County and benefit the inhabitants of San Diego County. Deadline: January 6, 2023, by 5:00PM. 
  • The California Public Utilities Commission is accepting applications for their Digital Divide Grant Program. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit community-based organization (CBO) with a demonstrated record of work to address the digital divide. The CBO will work with a partner public school or district to deploy the project, with the public school or district being the beneficiary of the project.  Deadline: January 11, 2023. 
  • The Marisla Foundation is accepting grant applications for environment programs. The Environment Program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. 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: January 15, 2023, by 9:00 PM. 
  • The Victim Compensation Board is accepting applications for its Trauma Recovery Center Grant. This grant funds centers throughout California that assist victims of violent crime. Deadline: January 17, 2023, by 2:00 PM.
  • The S. Mark Taper Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI)  from organizations. The Foundation provides General Operating Support, Program Support and Capital Support and typically fund organizations that work in the following fields: Arts, Civic Affairs, Education, Environment, Health and Social Services.  Deadline: February 1, 2023, by 12:00PM.
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation is accepting applications and generally makes grants to fund medical and science activities, programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals and sports related activities. Requests from other areas will be considered. The Foundation grants generally benefit San Diego County organizations. Deadline: February 1, 2023. 
  • 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 


  • CalNonprofits offers a wide array of resources for California-based nonprofits. 
  • Nonprofit Hub produces free guides on several helpful topics for nonprofits. 
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • NonprofitReady 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.

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
  • Education Initiatives, Program Specialist

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center:

  • Vice President, Chief Policy & Strategy Officer