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 workshop, Defining Need & Measuring Impact, will be held at the Skyline Library October 18 from 10:00am-12:30pm. Register >
  • The Nonprofit Leadership Forum presents a step-by-step guide to run a successful Giving Day. On October 23 from 11:30am-1pm, learn why you should run a Giving Day, how to plan for it, how to mobilize the troops and how to manage a stellar socialized fundraising event. RSVP today >
  • Creative Capital will be hosting an online workshop, Producing & Funding Your Community Engagement Campaign, October 25. This 90-minute workshop will highlight effective practices for community outreach and engagement based on several action-oriented case studies. Artists of all disciplines are invited to attend. Register >
  • Learn the basics of effectively using the Foundation Directory Online resource during this free workshop for grant writers November 12 from 10:00-11:30am. The Nonprofit Management Solutions resource center librarian is an experienced researcher who will share her tips to improve your funding search. Register >
  • On October 17 from 11am-12pm, California Arts Council programs staff will provide an overview of the California Arts Council and state arts funding, outline all of the Arts Council’s grant programs, share insights into the state grant process, and guide participants in best practices for composing successful California Arts Council grant applications. Register >
  • Hosted by The Nonprofit Institute at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at University of San Diego, the Annual State of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Summit on October 19 will help guide San Diego nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in creating, implementing and evaluating innovative and collaborative strategies for the future. Register >

Funding Opportunities at The Foundation

  • In its 9th grant cycle, Chula Vista Charitable Foundation is accepting proposals for Human Services programs that address issues such as economic development, homelessness, veterans’ assistance, financial literacy, civic engagement and conflict resolution. Deadline November 2

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture annually funds performances, exhibits, parades, festivals and creative experiences for San Diegans through contracts with local arts and culture nonprofits. Nonprofits can apply through two competitive funding programs. The Organizational Support Program (OSP) provides general support to nonprofits whose mission is primarily arts and culture related and Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) provides funding for specific projects such as festivals and parades. Deadline(s) October 19
  • The Strategic Growth Council along with their partner agency the Department of Conservation announced funding availability for Round 2 of the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). The TCC program will be funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans. Deadline October 30
  • The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds improvements to local youth and senior centers, parks, streets and sidewalks, drainage systems, and fire facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county every year. Residents and nonprofits in the unincorporated area may propose projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons that align with the County’s Consolidated Plan. Deadline November 2
  • The Best Friends Animal Society has partnered with The Rachel Ray Save Them All Grants to assist organizations with funding projects that reduce shelter deaths in their community. Proposed projects must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving lives and/or leading to a reduction in shelter deaths. Deadline November 16
  • Alliance Healthcare Foundation provides responsive grants to help respond to certain requests in a timely manner. The responsive grants may be: time-sensitive, an important co-funding opportunity with other funders, a novel funding opportunity, leadership and organizational development-based, and/or support community event or activity through table and ticket purchases.


  • 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

Know of other upcoming events or grant opportunities? Share them with San Diego’s nonprofit community in the comments below!