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

  • Nonprofit Solutions provides effective, impactful and relevant professional development. In-person and virtual (live and interactive) workshops are 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, as well as offer resources to help business owners and nonprofit leaders access the funds. Application Deadline: October 27, 2022 by 5:00 PM

More Funding Opportunities

  • North Island Credit Union is awarding 10 Teacher grants of $500 each. Their Teacher Grant Program was designed to assist educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students, including programs to support students during distance learning. Deadline: September 30, 2022
  • The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Community Foundation are accepting applications for their regular grants program for projects of benefit to the San Marcos community. A quarterly deadline for the regular grants has been established for the first Wednesday of the months of January, April, July and October. Deadline: October 4, 2022, by 5:30 PM
  • The Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program is a capacity-building grant program for under-resourced communities that enables cross-sectoral partners to deepen their relationships and develop processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action. RCC seeks to strengthen local coordination, leadership, knowledge and skills with a focus on increasing access to funding resources for project planning and implementation. Deadline: October 7, 2022
  • The CalAgPlate program is seeking to fund projects that support agricultural education, agricultural career awareness and development, agriculture career training, and agriculture leadership development to assist K-12 and post-secondary students and students at adult education levels. Deadline: October 7, 2022
  • 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, 2022
  • 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 spaces. Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation is accepting applications to fund programs that benefit youth and underprivileged individuals, active and retired military personnel and sports-related activities. The average grant in recent years has been $20,000. Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • 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 San Diego County’s unincorporated areas and six participating cities: Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway and Solana Beach.  Deadline: November 4, 2022, by 5:00 PM
  • 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. A webinar will be provided on October 4, 3:30-5:00 PM to walk through the grant application process. Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • 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, 2022
  • 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, 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 that are homeless or victims of human cruelty. Nonprofits that 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

  • SDF staff 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. San Diego Foundation was recognized by The San Diego Union-Tribune as a 2020 and 2021 Top Workplace.SDF is currently seeking applicants for the following:
    • Administrative Assistant, Community Impact
    • Communications Administrator
    • Communications Specialist
    • Director of Government Grants
    • Grant Writer
    • Manager, Education Initiatives
    • Manager, Regional Outreach
    • Program Manager, Food Initiatives
    • Program Specialist, Education Initiatives

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center

  • Program Engineer, Infrastructure Delivery
  • Senior Accountant