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   

  • In partnership with the County’s Public Health Services, SDF is accepting applications for the 2023 Community Food Grant Program. This grant will award funding to new and existing community food projects to improve community food security including food production, processing and distribution projects across San Diego County to increase food sovereignty, especially in low-income communities and those with limited access to healthy foods. The grant will award approximately $4.5 million. Deadline: March 31, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities   

  • Forever Balboa Park’s newly created sPARK Awards recognize people and organizations that amplify Balboa Park’s distinct role and increase its positive impact on wellbeing through creativity, collaboration, and imagination. Event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Check out Forever Balboa Park’s site for more information about the event and the award categories. 
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.  
  • Nonprofit Solutions provides effective, impactful, and 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

  • Far South/Border North will be accepting applications beginning February 15, 2023, for a new grant opportunity for artists and cultural practitioners to creatively increase awareness of public health, civic engagement, climate and social justice within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will be accepting applications beginning February 17, 2023, for its 2023 California Statewide Affordable Housing Development Training Institute (HDTI) for nonprofit community development corporations. The Los Angeles, Bay Area, San Diego, and Rural LISC offices will select approximately 40-50 participants to be a part of this yearlong comprehensive training in affordable housing development within a community development context.  
  • The Funders Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is accepting applications for their Partners for Places matching grant program that improves communities by supporting equitable sustainability projects that build partnerships between local government leaders, frontline community groups and place-based funders in the U.S. and Canada. Deadline: February 27, 2023, by 11:59 p.m.  
  • As You Sow is accepting applications. Monies granted are solely for the purpose 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, 2023.
  • California Documentary Project’s NextGen grants support emerging documentary media makers ages 18 and under. California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies, including schools, arts councils, tribal governments, and libraries, may apply for funding up to $15,000 to conduct youth media programming. Deadline: March 1, 2023.
  • The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities the bank serves in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation supports direct service programming that incorporates a diversity, equity and inclusion focus. Deadline: March 3, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for their Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health grant. This funding opportunity seeks proposals primed to impact health equity moving forward. They are interested in ideas that address any of their four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Deadline: Rolling.
  • 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.   
  • 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 
  • Program Specialist, Education Initiatives
  • Programs & Grants Manager, San Diego Women’s Foundation