Nonprofits received $150.8M in grants from the region’s largest community foundation

October 5, 2022 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation announced today it awarded a record-breaking $150.8 million in grants during the 2022 fiscal year to nonprofit organizations that largely reflect the SDF vision and mission.

“We launched our strategic plan and our vision for just, equitable and resilient communities last year,” said Mark Stuart, President and CEO of San Diego Foundation. “All this work would not be possible without our supporters’ partnership and commitment to San Diego. Together, we were able to help more San Diegans than ever before during a time when they needed it most.”

San Diego Foundation awarded 7,848 grants to 2,316 nonprofit organizations, with the majority going to organizations in San Diego County. More than $47 million was granted to education-related organizations, which includes college scholarships. In 2022, San Diego Foundation awarded 983 local students with a historic $3.5 million in scholarships.

Additionally, more than $35 million was awarded to health and human services nonprofits, such as those that provide food and housing assistance. This past year, SDF provided more than 30 families with grants as part of the San Diego Black Homebuyers Program that was funded through the SDF Black Community Investment Fund. The San Diego Black Homebuyers Program launched in August 2021 in partnership with Urban League of San Diego County and LISC San Diego.

Other major achievements during the past fiscal year, which runs July 1 through June 30, included several partnerships with local municipalities to provide nonprofit funding relief to maintain or grow nonprofit capacity. SDF partnered with City of San Diego, City of Escondido and City of Chula Vista to provide more than $7 million to local nonprofit organizations located in or serving the residents of each municipality.

This past year’s work is aligned with the SDF Strategic Plan that was launched in July of 2021 and focuses on four key pillars:

  • Advancing racial and social justice
  • Fostering equity of opportunity
  • Building resilient communities
  • Delivering world-class philanthropy

“Our strategic plan focuses on what we believe are the most significant needs in our communities, the kind of impact we want to have to move our region forward, and the community foundation we want to be for San Diegans in the future,” said Steve Klosterman, local community leader and philanthropist, and chair of the SDF Board of Governors.

San Diego Foundation maintained its assets at $1.3 billion. For more information about the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year, please view the annual report.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 47 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.45 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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