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SDF Career Opportunities

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

San Diego Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Director, Events & Project Management
  • Director, People, Culture & Diversity
  • Gift/Data Entry Administrator
  • Lead Fellow, Encore Fellows Initiative

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • Join California Humanities for their Grantseeker Workshop. The workshop will focus on funding opportunities at California Humanities. Watch their latest Grantseeker Webinar and sign up for their upcoming meeting. Event: September 11, 2023, at 11 a.m.
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.
  • 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.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The Sundt Foundation is accepting grant applications and considers a broad range of social issues but gives particular focus to under-served children and teens, domestic violence victims, and military veterans and their families. Deadline: September 15, 2023.
  • Alliance Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications for their Mission Support funding program, which provides multi-year (three-year), unrestricted, core operating support to nonprofit organizations located in San Diego and serving our San Diego community. Deadline: September 15, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. PST.
  • California Humanities is accepting applications for their California Documentary Project NextGen program. These grants are designed for youth media organizations in support of emerging California media makers aged 18 and under. Presented in alignment with CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California, this new statewide initiative focuses on the lives and experiences of young Californians. Deadline: September 15, 2023.
  • California Credit Union is accepting applications to their Teacher Grant Program. The program is designed to assist educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students. Deadline: September 15, 2023.
  • Parks California has launched its fourth year of Route to Parks grant cycle. In partnership with California State Parks, Route to Parks was designed to help ensure that all communities, including people who have been historically marginalized, have an opportunity to visit and enjoy State Parks. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. PST on September 22, 2023.
  • Black Public Media’s (BPM) annual Open Call invites proposals that celebrate the complexity of the Black experience. Each year, BPM issues an open call for feature-length documentaries and shorts (nonfiction or scripted) that are currently in research and development, pre-production, production or post-production.  All projects should be suitable for public media distribution. The focus of its 2023 Open Call is climate stories. Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2023.
  • Cigna Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for their Healthier Kids for our Future: Mental Health grant program. Their goal is to supplement existing mental health programming – and help close gaps within and outside the school environment – to address loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention. Deadline: They will continue to accept Letters of Inquiry until the end of September 2023.
  • 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. Deadline: October 4, 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 grants to organizations located or operating 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 carries 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. 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 essential 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.
  • 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) and 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

  • San Diego Gives has compiled its best resources to help you plan your San Diego Gives campaign, optimize your page, engage peer-to-peer fundraisers and make the event a success. San Diego Gives will be adding new resources as we get closer to the big day, so check back often.
  • Grant Learning Center is the gateway to federal grants. 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 training and resources and listing of open board positions.
  • Nonprofit Hub produces free guides on several helpful topics for nonprofits.
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on various 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 are a fundraising tool for 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 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 their communities.
  • Nonprofit Ready provides a 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.
  • Impact Cubed’s DEI Resource Library provides a growing list of DEI resources from community partners, including the Alliance for Regional Solutions, Fieldstone Leadership Network, and North County Philanthropy Council.