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.

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Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The 10th Annual State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit on October 14 includes findings from the 2022 State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Report, which highlights the current state of San Diego’s nonprofit sector and the philanthropy that supports it.
  • The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding a 2023 Business Planning Webinar on October 20 to share key concepts and strategies for business planning. Attendees of the interactive session should be prepared to share experiences and learnings from past or current business planning and/or business in general.
  • Nonprofit Solutions provides effective, impactful and 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 City of Chula Vista, San Diego Foundation (SDF) and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network have partnered to open the City of Chula Vista Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund and offer resources to help business owners and nonprofit leaders access the funds. Deadline: October 27, 2022, by 5:00 PM

If you need need help applying for this grant in person?  We have two open houses coming up!

Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the Southwestern College Wellness Center (corner of H St. and Otay Lakes Rd.) – get directions

Thursday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce (233 4th Ave., chamber board room) – get directions

  • Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of SDF, is in its 13th grant cycle. For the 2023 grant cycle, grant requests from $10,000 to $50,000 may be awarded. CVCF is accepting proposals for programs that support the needs of children and families. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address mental health and wellness, and physical wellbeing. CVCF is committed to the financial support of projects and programs that make the biggest impact in the lives of people who live, work and play within the geographic boundaries of Chula Vista. Deadline: November 23, 2022, by 5:00 PM

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture is currently accepting entries to their annual awards cycle to support the city’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and projects. Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations for two programs: The Organizational Support Program (OSP) and The Creative Communities San Diego Program (CCSD). Deadline: October 30 by 11:59 PM
  • San Diego Pride will be accepting grant requests for their Pride Community Grant program ranging from $500 of $5,000. Preference will be given to projects that align with their Pillars of Justice platform, center the voices of the community members being served, and address the unique challenges of community members living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Deadline: October 31 by 11:59 PM
  • The Pony Barnes Foundation is accepting applications for grant funding from organizations that provide camp experiences that improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Deadline: October 31
  • The Henry L. Guenther Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations in California, with a focus on Southern California. The foundation seeks to fund programs that will improve social conditions, promote human welfare and/or alleviate pain and suffering. These can include individual and family services, educational programs, homeless assistance, veterans’ affairs, food banks, medical equipment and technology, technology resources, capital campaigns, etc. Deadline: October 31
  • Nordstrom is accepting applications from organizations that provide basic needs to youth and their families and work within the Education, Health Care or Human Services space. Deadline: November 1
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation is accepting applications. The foundation makes grants to fund medical and science activities, programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals and sports related activities. The average grant in recent years has been $20,000. Requests from other areas will be considered. Deadline: November 1
  • The California Coastal Commission’s WHALE TAIL®Grants Program is seeking to fund projects that connect children and the general public to the California Coast and its watersheds through experiential education, stewardship and outdoor experiences. Deadline: November 1
  • The San Diego API Coalition is accepting applications for their first San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Empowerment Grant. Preference will be given to organizations with a budget of less than $1,000,000 that directly benefit the Asian and Pacific Islander They are looking to fund creative and impactful initiatives in priority areas such as AAPI leadership development, communications and narrative change, intergenerational healing, community building, empowerment and education. Contact Coalition Director Mark Leo at for application assistance including language translation services. Deadline: November 4
  • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application period is now open and accepting applications. The federal CDBG program was designed to improve low- and moderate-income communities. This cycle includes all of the County unincorporated area and six participating cities: Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway and Solana Beach. These cities are below the population threshold for entitlement status and must join with the County to receive CDBG funds on a regular basis. Deadline: November 4, by 5:00PM
  • The Nordson Corporation Foundation is accepting applications from organizations that align with their specific areas of focus: Education, human welfare, arts and culture, and civic engagement. Deadline: November 15
  • The Ethel Frends Foundation is accepting applications from organizations that support and promote canine care and/or canine education. Grants from the Frends Foundation are 1-year in duration. Grant requests for general operating support are strongly encouraged. Program support will also be considered. Small, program-related capital expenses may be included in general operating or program requests. Deadline: December 1
  • 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 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 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


  • 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
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on a wide range of board leadership topics that help educate nonprofits and their boards, including 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.
  • The Nonprofit Institute’s Digital Library houses our public reports and evaluations, including our State of California and State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Annual Reports.
  • Wallace Foundation 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 provides 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 provides tools and best practices for effectively managing volunteers.
  • Tech Soup offers free and discounted software and hardware for nonprofits.

SDF Career Opportunities

The SDF team is committed to advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, and building resilient communities. By delivering world-class philanthropy and offering best-in-class services, we help our donors transform lives across our region. SDF is rated a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

SDF is currently seeking applicants for:

  • Administrative Assistant, Community Impact
  • Director of Government Grants
  • Grant Writer
  • Manager, Regional Outreach

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center:

  • Program Engineer, Infrastructure Delivery
  • Senior Accountant