The work and impact of San Diego nonprofits is important to advance just, equitable and resilient communities 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.

New Brand & Website

In case you missed the news, last week we launched a new brand mark and website to better serve San Diego’s diverse community of nonprofits and donors.

If you are a San Diego Foundation (SDF) grantee and plan to write or post information about your grant award and/or program, we kindly ask that you use our new logo and coordinate with our Communications Team prior to publishing content. This is to ensure proper usage of the San Diego Foundation brand and provide our team the opportunity to coordinate and complement communications efforts, as appropriate.

Click here to access our new logo(s) online.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The University of San Diego Nonprofit Institute is asking senior leaders of local nonprofit organizations to complete the 2022 San Diego State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Survey by July 15 to better understand the current state of our nonprofit community. By answering the Nonprofit Leader Survey, you will help to inform government officials, funders, media and other crucial decision-makers about the needs of the nonprofit sector in San Diego.
  • 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.

SDF Funding Opportunities

  • The Dr. Seuss Foundation is seeking applications for its grants program to support improved literacy that introduces new skills and knowledge in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare and the environment. Deadline: August 1, 2022
  • Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) and San Diego Foundation are accepting applications from nonprofits located in Escondido and/or serving the residents of Escondido. Assistance is available at no cost from the regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and ECF. Additionally, there are how-to-apply recordings and a link to request a no-cost, one-on-one appointment for application assistance. Deadline: August 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT

Other Funding Opportunities

  • SAMHSA is offering several funding opportunities for programs related to mental health and well-being. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for the following funding opportunities:
  • The Doris Day Animal Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations that need assistance in their work caring for and protecting animals. A special focus for DDAF is on programs benefiting senior pets and the people who love them. Deadline: July 31st, 2022
  • The City Council of San Diego is accepting applications for their Community Projects, Programs & Services Funding program. Nonprofit organizations with projects that meet community, social, environmental, cultural and recreational community needs in the city of San Diego are encouraged to apply. Deadline: July 31, 2022
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation is accepting program proposals for programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals, active and retired military personnel and sports-related activities. Deadline: August 1, 2022
  • The San Diego County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund. Funding will be provided exclusively for the furtherance of and to support Indigent Criminal Defense purposes, including programs, projects and activities in San Diego County. Deadline: August 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for their Our Town creative placemaking grants program to advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline: August 4, 2022, by 11:59 p.m., EST
  • The Teichert Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects and programs in various focus areas. The Teichert Foundation uses GuideStar applicant information. Deadline: August 5, 2022
  • The San Diego International Airport’s Arts Program is accepting submissions for their 2022-2023 Exhibition titled A Necessary Departure. San Diego-based artists are strongly encouraged to apply and works that are interactive will be highly prioritized. Deadline: August 5, 2022
  • The Nordson Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that cultivate educational curriculum and experiences that foster self-sufficiency, job readiness and goals to aspire to higher education. Deadline: August 15, 2022
  • Umpqua Bank, through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, is accepting applications from organizations that support direct-service programming that incorporates a diversity, equity and inclusion focus. Deadline: September 2, 2022
  • The Sparkplug Foundation provides funding to start-up organizations and funds new projects of established nonprofits in the following areas: education, community organizing, and music. The Sparkplug Foundation highly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with disabilities, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer and other queer-identifying communities, organizations or organizers to apply. Deadline: October 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc. is accepting applications from organizations that support diverse programs in the fields of human services, education, Jewish causes, health, performing arts, scientific research and animal advocacy. 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 to 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
  • Through a partnership with San Diego Foundation, Nonprofit Solutions offers access to a free resource library for management and fundraising information.
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on a wide range of board leadership topics that help educate nonprofits and their boards. Each topic page on the site provides a directory of 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.
  • CompassPoint: Provides nonprofits with management tools, strategies and resources to lead change in their communities. Highlights include their orientation video and sample governance documents.
  • Blue Avocado: Nonprofit blog with a wide range of resources, including a good article explaining nonprofit overhead challenges.
  • Wallace Foundation’s 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: 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: Tools and best practices for effectively managing volunteers.
  • Tech Soup: Free and discounted software and hardware for nonprofits.

SDF Career Opportunities

  • Our team is committed to advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, and building resilient communities. San Diego Foundation was recognized by The San Diego Union-Tribune as a 2020 and 2021 Top Workplace.San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the following:
    • Administrative Assistant, Community Impact
    • Administrative Assistant, Development & Stewardship
    • Communications Specialist
    • Gift/Data Entry Administrator
    • Grants Specialist Officer
    • Manager, Education Initiatives
    • Program Specialist, Education Initiatives
    • Program Officer, Infrastructure Delivery, San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center