The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance a vibrant quality of life in the San Diego region. To support your efforts, we’re sharing valuable information every month about upcoming workshops, events, fundraising opportunities, and resources with your organization.

COVID 19 Resources

  • The State of California compiled offers, resources and tools to help small businesses adapt to the current environment and new online marketplaces.
  • The California Teleconnect Fund Distance Learning Discount has been extended through June 30, 2021. Schools, libraries, government-owned hospitals and clinics, and nonprofits are encouraged to apply. Qualified entities receive a 50 percent discount on eligible advanced telecommunications services through telecommunications carriers participating in the program.
  • For more resources, strategies and support, the California Association of NonprofitsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals and Bloomerang have created COVID-19 Resource Guides to help nonprofits during the pandemic.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • United Way of San Diego County is hosting their third cohort of the Nonprofit Board Service Certification Program in March. This cohort, sponsored by the Clare Rose Foundation, will be geared toward community members who are interested in supporting organizations working in the Creative Youth Development space. Application deadline: February 23, 2021. Program dates: March 9 – April 20, 2021.
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions has several upcoming professional development workshops that will provide management assistance and leadership development to nonprofit organizations. Dates Vary
  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego will be holding a San Diego IDEA Brown Bag Discussion to discuss creating authentic board diversity. Hear from executive directors, board members and nonprofit leaders. Register for this free event today. Event is Friday, February 26 from 12:00-1:00PM.

Funding Opportunities at the Foundation

  • The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is a collaborative initiative to provide low-interest and no-interest loans to San Diego County small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Voice of San Diego is proud to announce the launch of Local Boost, a new marketing campaign that provides local small businesses and nonprofits discounted sponsorship and marketing packages on the Voice of San Diego website, newsletters, podcasts and virtual events.
  • Arts & Cultural Organization Statewide and Regional Networks program intends to contribute to the health and vitality of the creative workforce in California by creating a resilient network of arts service organization and artist. Application Deadline: February 24
  • Arts & Cultural Organization General Operating Relief grant program intends to provide relief funding to arts and cultural organizations that have experienced economic hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic. Application Deadline: February 17, 2021
  • The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund was established to support the efforts of activists working to preserve California’s wildlands. The fund focuses on small nonprofit organizations and individual activists who show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California’s natural landscapes. Application Deadlines are quarterly: May 15, August 15
  • The Grey Muzzle Organization provides grants and special programs for 501(c)(3) organizations whose activities include helping senior dogs. 2021 grant cycle is now open


  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.
  • Looking to start a nonprofit? Be aware of the new filing forms for 2021. CalNonprofit has an updated listing of resources and forms for those wanting to file.
  • If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This federal program from the Department of Education helps nonprofit staff with student debt to stay in the sector by forgiving the balance of their student loads after 10 years of payments, as long as they are employed by a nonprofit while they are making payments. If you are ineligible for PSLF only because some or all of your payments were not made under a qualifying repayment plan for PSLF, you might still be eligible for forgiveness through Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness.   

Career opportunities at The San Diego Foundation

Staff at The San Diego Foundation address the region’s most pressing challenges and identify opportunities by working with donors and partners to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. The San Diego Foundation was awarded a 2020 Top Places to Work award by The San Diego Union-Tribune. We are currently seeking applicants for a Communications Director and Environmental Initiatives Director. Learn more and apply today.