November 30, 2023 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation announced today that it has released a 2023 Nonprofit Giving Guide to help local donors learn about grassroots nonprofits making an impact in communities throughout the county.

“This time of year allows us to examine our capacity to give and align our giving with a cause we care about,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO of San Diego Foundation. “The Nonprofit Giving Guide is here to help shed light on smaller, local organizations serving our region.”

The SDF 2023 Nonprofit Giving Guide highlights 25 local nonprofits that are led by people of color, including executive leaders and/or board members, and have smaller budgets and few staff members. Each nonprofit included in the guide has received a grant from SDF in the past year.

“Organizations led by people of color are typically underfunded compared to similar nonprofits,” said Pamela Gray Payton, SDF Chief Impact & Partnerships Officer. “SDF is working to address this in our grantmaking, communications and partnerships as part of our vision for just, equitable and resilient communities in our region.”

Each organization included in the guide was carefully vetted by SDF staff who work directly with local nonprofits on grant-funded projects in key areas of need in San Diego, including:

  • Children and families
  • Climate and environment
  • Education and college access
  • Racial and social justice
  • Workforce development

The Nonprofit Giving Guide is available for download at

GivingTuesday, which takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, kicks off what is widely known as the “giving season,” which takes place through Dec. 31. Many donors give during this time of year due to the holiday season and to take advantage of any tax benefits. According to the 2023 M+R Benchmarks Study, nonprofit organizations fundraised about 25% of their annual revenue in December 2022.

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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