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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.

SDF is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Director of Government Grants
  • Finance & San Diego Housing Impact Fund Administrator
  • Investment Operations Specialist
  • Program Lead, Community Impact Partners

The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Economic Analyst
  • Grant Writer & Resource Specialist
  • Intern

Funding Opportunities at San Diego Foundation

  • Carlsbad Charitable Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for projects that promote civility, unity and community building. Deadline: December 4, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
  • SDF’s Level Up SD 2024 Summer Grant Program in partnership with San Diego Unified School District is accepting grant applications for programs that create a transformational summer enrichment experience for San Diego Unified students, accelerating learning while nurturing students’ social and emotional well-being. Deadline: January 9, 2024, by 12:00 p.m.
  • The Escondido Community Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for projects that will upgrade community spaces in Escondido. Deadline: January 22, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Blackbaud are hosting a free online forum titled Navigating Fundraising Uncertainty. A just-released Chronicle survey of 1,000 fundraisers at nonprofits of varying sizes and missions provides fresh insights into the current fundraising climate. Event Day: December 5, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. PST.
  • North County Philanthropy Council invites nonprofits to its in-person Nonprofit Social Enterprise event to explore strategies to earn income while advancing your mission and vision. Speakers will discuss what motivated them to start a social enterprise, how they determined the return on investment, and examples of lessons learned to refine their ventures. Event Day: December 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST. 
  • The San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture is doing a call for panelists. They are recruiting artists, cultural practitioners and arts field professionals from all disciplines and backgrounds throughout North America and Baja California for an application review in March 2024. Deadline: December 10, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
  • CalNonprofits is having its 2023 Policy Symposium virtually with speakers and panelists, including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, advocacy superstars and others. Its two sessions are intended to inspire advocacy action in the coming year. Register to attend by December 13, 2023.
  • The Nonprofit Institute presents its 20th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium to empower nonprofit organizations and leaders to reach new heights of effectiveness and impact. This year’s theme, “Educating the Mind, Engaging the Body, Inspiring the Soul,” reflects its dedication to innovative and emergent nonprofit leadership and governance. Register for the event before January 19, 2024.
  • San Diego State University (SDSU) will be holding a 6-week course on starting a nonprofit. The course is supplemented with useful checklists, worksheets, reading lists and field trips to various 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 card holder 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 Foundation for California Community Colleges is accepting applications for its Breaking Barrier to Employment Initiative program. The $4.2 million in available grant funding will go towards the initiative’s focus on innovative approaches to addressing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the labor market, with services delivered through collaborative partnerships.
    Community-based organizations and local workforce development boards are eligible and encouraged to apply. Deadline: December 8, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
  • California State Parks today is accepting applications for its Outdoor Equity Grants Program (OEP), which offers $50 million in grant funding for nature-based outdoor programs. The funding helps establish hubs for local activities and trips to natural areas for underserved communities. The program also empowers youth and families with outdoor leadership education, career pathways, environmental justice engagement and access to nature. Deadline: December 14, 2023.
  • ALDI is accepting applications to their Community Cares Initiative. The ALDI Cares Community Grants partners with nonprofit organizations that positively impact Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Deadline: December 15, 2023.
  • Jack in the Box Foundation is accepting applications to their Jack’s Community Grants program.
  • Through funding local grants in their restaurant communities, they want to help youth challenge barriers holding them back and pursue what inspires them to live life to the fullest on their own terms. Deadline: December 15, 2023.
  • The Sundt Foundation’s purpose is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and adults through grants to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that serve them. The Sundt Foundation has four grant cycles per year and is currently accepting applications. Deadline: December 15, 2023.
  • Las Patronas is accepting applications for its spring grant cycle. Las Patronas exclusively funds capital items for nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. The spring grant cycle only funds applications that are $20,000 or less. Deadline: January 2, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
  • The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Community Foundation are accepting applications for their regular grants program for projects that benefit the San Marcos community. Deadline: January 3, 2024, by 5:30 p.m.
  • The San Diego Asian Pacific Islander (API) Coalition, in partnership with San Diego Foundation and the California Endowment, is accepting applications for the 2024 San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Empowerment Grant. The grant funding amounts range from $500 to $5,000 for nonprofit programs that directly benefit the API community in San Diego County or Imperial County. Deadline to apply: January 5, 2024.
  • The Conrad Prebys Foundation is accepting Requests for Proposals for its Youth Mental Health Innovation & Scaling Initiative. This initiative seeks to fund local organizations providing programs with a proven record of effectiveness that improve social and/or emotional well-being or offer effective treatments for mental health issues. Preference will be given to programs serving diverse populations, youth who are out of school and unemployed, or youth who experience excessive physical, emotional or psychological pressure. Deadline: January 12, 2024.
  • The Water for Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications. They provide grants each year to construct water/habitat developments for wildlife. Water for Wildlife® project applications should show at least a 1:1 cost share match for consideration. Deadline: January 31, 2024.
  • The Coastal Conservancy State of California is accepting applications for its Explore the Coast Grant Program. The program facilitates and enhances the public’s opportunities to explore California’s spectacular coast and San Francisco Bay shoreline. Deadline: January 31, 2024, by 11:59 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 BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and serving groups with a budget of $50,000 or less. Deadline: Rolling
  • 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 their Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program. ROC grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. Deadline: 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 that are located or operate 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 that carry 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 their Advancing Wellness Grant Program. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address people’s urgent needs in their communities. Specifically, the focus is on low-income communities, people of color, youth, immigrants and residents of rural areas. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation is accepting 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 to study graphic design, advertising, photography and illustration. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • 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.
  • S. Bank Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Community Possible Grant Program. U.S. Bank Foundation supports organizations and programs that advance WORK (Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity), HOME (Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization) and 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 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 improve 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 and their personal expenses. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Parker Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services that improve people’s lives 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

  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter is a professional development group for fundraisers. It is a great organization for learning about capacity building, networking and education.
  • is the gateway to the world of federal grants. 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 are a fundraising tool for 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.
  • Nonprofit Ready provides a 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.