December 20, 2023 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation announced today a $90,000 grant to the 2023 CNN Hero of the Year, Dr. Kwane Stewart. Dr. Stewart, who split his award money with the other Top 10 Heroes, received the recognition for founding Project Street Vet, an Encinitas-based nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness care for their pets by providing free veterinary care, treatment and support.

“The work of Dr. Kwane Stewart is commendable, touching countless lives of the most vulnerable among us and their beloved pets,” said Mark Stuart, President and CEO of San Diego Foundation. “We hope this grant will help him continue to make a difference in the community and inspire others through his commitment and acts of selflessness.”

After receiving the CNN Hero of the Year award, Dr. Stewart announced he would share the grant among the Top 10 Heroes equally. San Diego Foundation’s leaders committed the grant for Project Street Vet to recognize the valuable contributions of Dr. Stewart to the North San Diego County communities he proudly serves.

The grant is from The Linda C. Scott Fund for Animal Welfare at San Diego Foundation. Scott was a North County philanthropist who dedicated the fund “to support and care for dogs and cats in San Diego, North County.” While Ms. Scott passed away in 2016, her memory and her impact lives on through this fund, along with her San Diego Foundation scholarship fund and another fund dedicated to animals.

San Diego Foundation partners with donors to set up legacy funds for their planned gifts to ensure their fund continues to support causes, initiatives and nonprofits that are most meaningful to them. Planned gifts are established during the donor’s lifetime but are not realized until they pass away.

About Project Street Vet

Project Street Vet is a nonprofit that provides free veterinary care, treatment, and support to the pets of individuals experiencing homelessness and/or housing vulnerability. Project Street Vet was founded by Dr. Kwane Stewart, who for the past decade has provided free veterinary care to pets of people experiencing homelessness – walking areas of high homelessness to seek pets and pet parents in need. Project Street Vet is committed to protecting the human-animal bond that is so vital to the livelihood of pets and the people who love them. Leading with compassion, kindness, and no judgments, its volunteers and staff seek out and assist the pets and people who need it most. Learn more at

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 48 years, SDF and its donors have granted $1.7 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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