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.

What’s Upcoming

  • The University of San Diego Nonprofit Center’s annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium will take place January 23-24 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
  • United Way of San Diego and the University of San Diego have launched a new Nonprofit Board Service Certification program, a two-day training designed to develop local professionals to be more effective board members for local nonprofits. The organizations are seeking aspiring female board members for their first cohort of participants. Interested applicants must apply by January 24.
  • LISC San Diego (Local Initiatives Support Coalition) is hosting a roundtable event on January 29 that will highlight state funding opportunities for affordable housing in 2020.
  • Early registration is now open for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Frontiers of Social Innovation Conference. This conference will take place in May 2020 and bring together leaders from all sectors to discuss, debate and develop solutions that address the most pressing global challenges.

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

  • The San Diego Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for the next Science and Technology Program grant cycle. Grant funding is available for nonprofits that are connecting young adults with academic opportunities and hands-on experiences in STEM. Deadline: February 24
  • The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students who plan to pursue higher education during the 2020-2021 school year. Students of all ages and backgrounds can apply to more than 100 scholarships through one common applicationDeadline: February 5, 2020

Other Funding Opportunities

  • San Diego Grantmakers, in partnership with United Way of San Diego County, has established the Count Me 2020 Census Fund of San Diego and Imperial Counties to bring together $3 million to complement State funds already being deployed in our community. The funds will provide direct funding for grassroots organizations to conduct outreach for hard-to-count populations. Deadline: January 30, 2020.
  • The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is accepting Letters of Intent for new programs that focus on early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Deadline: January 30, 2020
  • California Humanities is accepting proposals for locally-initiated public humanities projects. Their Humanities for All grant program aims to support California-based initiatives, such as interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Coastal Community Foundation is accepting applications for North County-serving nonprofit organizations that provide prevention or early-intervention mental health services, or mental health counseling for youth ages 21 and under. Deadline: February 26, 2020


  • Nonprofit organizations can utilize our Community Engagement Space for conference and meeting rooms at no charge.
  • Through a partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Management Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.