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. 

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities 

  • San Diego Gives is a six-month capacity building program for San Diego-based nonprofits that culminates in a 24-hour online fundraiser on Thursday, September 8, 2022. It educates the San Diego community on the pressing needs of the region. Registration deadline: May 31, 2022 
  • National City Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant workshop in National City. Attend this class and learn how to find funding sources and write winning grant proposals. Beginning and experienced grant writers from the nonprofit community are encouraged to attend. Tuition for area nonprofits is $425 and includes: two days of terrific instruction, a workbook and access to an Alumni Forum that’s packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use the code “NPO” at the time of registration. Event dates: June 20-21, 2022 
  • Non-Profit Learning Lab has several free webinars coming up on topics such as fundraising, marketing, IT, and diversity, equity and inclusion. They also provide links to all their past webinars. Next webinar: May 18, 2022 
  • Nonprofit Solutions is offering the Mindful Manager series with 10 workshops covering the soft skills and mindset needed to lead nonprofits. Event date: May 17, 2022 
  • Candid provides ongoing learning opportunities to develop skills, practices, and behaviors that best prepare people working in the social sector for success.  

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 quality of life for all San Diegans. The San Diego Foundation was recognized by The San Diego Union-Tribune as a 2020 and 2021 Top Workplace.  
The San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the following:  

  • Administrative Assistant, Community Impact
  • Administrative Assistant, Development & Stewardship
  • Grants Specialist Officer 
  • Manager, Education Initiatives 
  • Program Specialist, Education Initiatives 
  • Research Specialist, Community Impact 
  • Video Production Specialist

San Diego Women’s Foundation 

  • San Diego Women’s Foundation Membership and Communications Specialist 

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center 

  • Program Officer, Infrastructure Delivery 

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation 

  • Ramona Community Foundation (RCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is in its 11th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Ramona. In the current cycle, RCF invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and recover from the pandemic. RCF will accept proposals in a range of $1,500 to $7,500. Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 
  • Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is in its 34th year of grantmaking to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo. In the current cycle, RBCF will be accepting proposals that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community. Desirable projects will inspire community pride, revitalization and increase the quality of life of the broader community. Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 
  • RBCF is also accepting applications for programs involving music and will award funding levels between $1,500 and $5,000 to be awarded from the RB Symphony on the Green Fund. Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 
  • The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF) and The San Diego Foundation have partnered with the City of Escondido to grant $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations that serve the city. Eligible nonprofits must be located in or serve the city of Escondido. Learn more and apply here. Deadline: August 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PDT 

Other Funding Opportunities 

  • Sprout Farmers Market will be accepting applications beginning April 1 from organizations working at the community level providing nutrition education and healthy food access to kids. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $10,000 and support organizations that help children develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. Deadline: May 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT 
  • The California Environmental Grassroots Fund run by the Rose Foundation is accepting applications from small and emerging local groups across California that are building climate resilience and advancing environmental justice in their communities. Deadline: June 1, 2022   
  • Umpqua Bank is accepting applications for their Community Grant. Through their grantmaking they invest in nonprofit organizations, communities and leaders with the intent of supporting direct-service programming that incorporates a diversity, equity and inclusion focus. Deadline: June 3, 2022 
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is accepting applications for their FY2022 Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence program. OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Deadline: June 7, 2022, 8:50 p.m. ET 
  • California Humanities is accepting applications for their Quick Grants program. Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) are awarded to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Deadline: June 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. 
  • The Sundt Foundation is accepting applications from organizations that improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children and disadvantaged adults. Deadline: June 15, 2022 
  • The California Arts Council is accepting applications for four of their open grant programs: Folk and Traditional Arts, Individual Arts and Cultural Practitioners, Arts and Accessibility and California Creative Corps. Deadline: Various 
  • The Parker Foundation has been supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to improve life for all San Diegans. From arts organizations to homeless service providers, The Parker Foundation is inviting nonprofits that focus on these efforts to submit applications. Deadline: Monday, June 27, 12:00 p.m. PDT 
  • The Marisla Foundation will be accepting applications for their Environment Program that focuses on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. The primary emphasis is on marine and coastal biodiversity conservation. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health and environmental threats caused by toxic chemicals. Deadline: July 15, 2022  
  • The Doris Day Animal Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations that need assistance in their work caring for and protecting animals. Through their grants, scores of animal rescue and welfare organizations have received sustaining resources to continue their work, to offer additional services or to expand their reach to the animals who most critically need their help. A special focus for DDAF is on programs benefiting senior pets and the people who love them. Deadline: July 31, 2022 
  • 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 


  • 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 The 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.  
  • Access over 200 eBooks for free from Candid on topics such as fundraising, grant writing, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools and resources for nonprofits.