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 City of San Diego and The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego are partnering to host a free series of their Signature workshops designed to strengthen the effective management and organizational capacity of nonprofits in San Diego. This month’s workshops are Financial Basics (November 15) and Defining Need & Measuring Impact (November 29). Register >
  • Network for Good will be hosting a free virtual conference, Tips to Rock Giving Tuesday and Year-End Fundraising, on November 20 that will bring together industry leaders including Asha Curran (founder of Giving Tuesday), Facebook, and fundraising experts Kimberley O’Donnell and David King to bring a robust discussion on the changing landscape of charitable giving, best practices for taking advantage of Giving Tuesday and year-end giving, and practical tips for crushing fundraising goals through the end of the year. Register >
  • Artists of all disciplines have long struggled with obstacles of business. Creative Capital’s online workshop on November 29, Values-Based Goal Setting, with Susan Koblin Schear, will help define what values and guiding principles are, and why they are important to and for your business. Register >

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

  • Oceanside Community Foundation is seeking applications for human services programs concentrating on youth aged 13-18, such as employment development, financial literacy, volunteerism and economic self-sufficiency. Deadline November 27
  • WD-40 Company Foundation’s Advancing Opportunity and Prosperity FY2019 grant cycle is now open. The goal of this program seeks to improve self-sufficiency for low-income San Diegans through improved access and raised awareness for services, resources, training, and other supports that can increase self-reliance. The Advancing Opportunity and Prosperity program tackles systems change by prioritizing long-term solutions that address workforce development, family asset building, and food security. Deadline November 30
  • 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation is accepting proposals for impactful programs that address youth development and education, with an emphasis on health, well-being and self-sufficiency. Deadline December 20
  • Escondido Charitable Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for program that increase civic engagement and build a shared sense of community among resident. Deadline January 7
  • Carlsbad Charitable Foundation is accepting proposals for programs that focus on youth and seniors interacting and mutually benefiting from connecting with one another. Deadline January 11

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is putting a call for RFPs for projects that reduce greenhouse gasses. While significant focus will be on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 25 percent of the funds will be open to state-wide competition in all communities. Emphasis will be placed on shovel-ready projects. Deadline November 30
  • The Fledgling Fund has two open rolling grants through two of their funds: Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment and Outreach and Engagement fund. The Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment provides grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to support short non-fiction films and/or other visual stories that can be completed and quickly distributed. The Outreach and Engagement Fund provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to support engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the health and well-being of the most vulnerable. Rolling Deadline
  • American Humane’s Second Chance grant is offering financial assistance to help offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or the victims of human cruelty. Their grant aims to advance and facilitate the lifesaving efforts that give animals a second chance at life when they have nowhere else to turn. Rolling Deadline


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

Local Resources

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