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SDF Career Opportunities

The SDF team helps donors and partners transform lives across our region by delivering world-class philanthropy and offering best-in-class services. SDF has been rated a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune three years in a row.

SDF is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Finance & San Diego Housing Impact Fund Administrator
  • Lead Fellow, Encore Fellows Initiative

The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Economist
  • Grant Writer & Research Specialist
  • Intern
  • Operations Administrator and Compliance Specialist

SDF Funding Opportunities

  • The San Diego Women’s Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry (LOI) from qualifying nonprofit organizations and will grant unrestricted funding to those providing mental health intervention services to junior high or middle-school-aged (12-14 years old) youth in San Diego County. Prioritization will be given to organizations that provide services targeted toward those most impacted by existing inequities (youth from communities of color, from families earning low income, who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or who are part of other historically marginalized groups). LOI Submission Deadline: November 30, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • Chula Vista Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop on October 16-17, 2023.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Complete event details, including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.
  • Rise San Diego offers Leadership & Equity Training for Nonprofits on October 19, November 16 and December 7. This three-part online series is for nonprofit staff, board and volunteers to gain a strong foundation in what leadership and equity can look like in your organization. Event details and registration can be found here. Deadline to Register is Monday, October 16.  
  • Nonprofit Solutions will hold a hybrid event on October 25 titled “Marketing & Messaging That Works” that will help nonprofits engage stakeholders and drive donations through better storytelling. Learn about the StoryBrand 7-Part Framework, which helps companies use the power of story to meet their mission. Register here. Event date: October 25.
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.
  • 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.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Walmart is accepting applications for their Local Community Grants. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the facility’s service area from which they are requesting funding. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
  • The Conrad Prebys Foundation is accepting applications for its Healthcare & Youth Workforce Initiative. This initiative focuses on exposing Opportunity youth and Overburdened youth to possibilities in healthcare and address the critical need in San Diego for greater investments in the future of its healthcare workforce. Deadline: October 16, 2023
  • The Conrad Prebys Foundation is accepting applications for three Arts Initiatives: Communities of Belonging, Anchoring the Arts and Art Bridging Communities. Through these initiatives, the foundation will fund organizations located in and serving San Diego County that align with its vision and goals in this focus area. Deadline: October 25, 2023.
  • As part of The SCAN Foundation’s (TSF) Advancing Health Equity in Aging Initiative, TSF — in collaboration with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) — is seeking proposals from California-based entities to establish Equity Community Organizing (ECO) Groups. The goal of the ECO Groups will be to reduce health inequities for older adults with an emphasis on communities of color and communities where race and ethnicity intersect with other factors that lead to inequities. Deadline: October 30, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PT.
  • Nordstrom is accepting grant applications from nonprofits in the education, health care and human services fields. Deadline: October 31, 2023.
  • 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 is November 1, 2023.
  • The Max and Victory Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications. The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs, schools and hospitals, educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities, environmental and wildlife protection activities, and other community-based organizations and programs. Deadlines: Applications received before November 10th by 11:59 p.m. EST will be for their Spring Award Round.
  • The Bigglesworth Family Foundation will begin accepting LOIs for its Spring 2023 grant cycle beginning November 1, 2023. The Foundation primarily funds in California.  National organizations may apply for grants for the following programs: programs that support increased access to justice, leadership development programs and Hubs and “think tank” programs for civil legal aid. LOI Deadline: December 7, 2023.
  • The Waitt Foundation is accepting applications for their Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program. ROC grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits that support or operate a formal classroom K-12th grade program of which the primary purpose, curriculum, or object emphasizes the teaching of mathematics or the sciences and/or the application of or development of skills related to art and/or the performing arts and music. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) is accepting formal grant applications. CICF makes grants to organizations that are located or operate in U.S. communities where the cruise industry maintains vessel operations, employs significant numbers of individuals, purchases products and services from strategic business partners; and that carry out programs and activities that confer substantial local community benefits. Deadline: CICF grant applications are accepted throughout the calendar year. Grant submissions will be reviewed every quarter for final selection. The full review process may take up to six months.
  • Lyft is accepting applications for its transportation grant program. Lyft is committed to helping reduce transportation barriers for historically excluded communities nationwide. Lyft awards local community grants in the form of in-app ride credits on an ongoing basis as funds become available. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations that help increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. LOI Deadline: Rolling.
  • The California Wellness Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Advancing Wellness Grant Program. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are addressing urgent needs people are facing in their communities. Specifically, the focus is on low-income communities, people of color, youth, immigrants, and residents of rural areas. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation is accepting inquiries from educational institutions and nonprofit trade organizations that help economically disadvantaged high school students develop portfolios to qualify for admission to art school and provide college scholarships to study graphic design, advertising, photography and illustration. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Bank Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Community Possible Grant Program. U.S. Bank Foundation supports organizations and programs that advance the following funding priorities:
    • WORK – Workforce Education & Economic Prosperity
    • HOME – Neighborhood Stability & Revitalization
    • PLAY – Artistic& Cultural Enrichment, Learning Through Play & Preserving, Protecting and Enhancing Outdoor Places to Play. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for their Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity grant from organizations to support studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MIT Club of San Diego is accepting applications to assist local educators, schools and nonprofits improve STEM education in San Diego. 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 and their personal expenses. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Parker Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services that improve people’s lives 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.

Nonprofit Resources

  • .Grant Learning Center is the gateway to the federal grants world. Learn more about the federal grants process and how to register to their system.
  • CalNonprofits offers a wide array of resources for California-based nonprofits.
  • CA Attorney General’s Guide for Charities provides information about best practices for nonprofits that operate or fundraise in California.
  • IRS- Applying for Section 501(c)(3) status. View or read a video about how to file for nonprofit status.
  • Mission Driven Finance provides services in nonprofit investment opportunities and financial services.
  • The Nonprofit Board Exchange is a free service offered by Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego in collaboration with their community partners to expand the pool of nonprofit board members in San Diego by sharing trainings, resources, and listing of open board positions.
  • Nonprofit Hub produces free guides on several helpful topics for nonprofits.
  • 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 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.
  • Nonprofit Ready 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.