May 4, 2023 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation announced today that it will host the first-ever San Diego Fundraising Conference on Sept. 8, 2023, to support professional development for community-based nonprofit organizations.

“San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region,” said Mark Stuart, CFRE, President and CEO of San Diego Foundation. “By bringing North American fundraising experts to San Diego, we hope to ‘raise the tide’ of fundraising and revenue capacity of our nonprofit community and the impact of their important work in our region.”

The conference’s theme is “Raising the Tide” and it is designed to be an accessible opportunity for local fundraising professionals to learn from national philanthropy experts. The one-day conference will be held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in downtown San Diego. It will feature several speakers, including Stuart; Harvey McKinnon, one of North America’s leading fundraising experts; and Gail Perry, one of the foremost experts in the field of philanthropy and nonprofits, among others to be announced. Copies of books by two speakers will be included as part of conference registration.

Early bird registration is $100 and is available May 4 through June 14. Regular registration will be $125 and available June 15 until the event sells out. The fair market value of the conference exceeds the cost of regular registration. For more information or to register, visit

The San Diego Fundraising Conference is sponsored by Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Alliant Insurance Services Inc., Blair Search Partners, BQuest Foundation, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Cox Communications, David C. Copley Foundation, the Fundraising Academy at National University, Manpower Temporary Services, Price Philanthropies Foundation, PNC Bank, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Stiefel Behner Charitable Fund and the University of California San Diego.

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 $1.4 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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