The San Diego Foundation Celebrates $1.5 Billion Regional Impact During 40th Anniversary Event at Balboa Park

October 27, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation will celebrate 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the San Diego region at “A Walk in the Park” — a 40th anniversary event held on Wednesday, October 28 at Balboa Park, in honor of the park’s centennial.

The Foundation will host more than 700 donors, partners and community leaders at the event, which includes tours of Balboa Park cultural attractions and culminates with a celebration for invited guests at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

“Since 1975, The Foundation has generated a $1.5 billion impact for the San Diego region from $939 million granted to nonprofits, $422 million in current endowment funds, and $164 million in current non-endowment funds available for grantmaking,” shared Kathlyn Mead, CEO and President of The Foundation.

In fiscal year 2015, The Foundation granted more than $48 million to nonprofit organizations serving community needs and delivering social impact and change in the San Diego region in areas such as education, arts & culture, youth development, health and human services, and environment.

“We are humbled and honored to represent one of the largest donor networks in San Diego comprised of individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits who trust our knowledge of community need and nonprofits that are making an impact,” added Mead. “We are equally appreciative of our strong partnerships with philanthropy, government and community leaders who work with us to provide opportunities for all San Diegans.”

In addition, The Foundation is looking forward to the next 40 years of impact with new initiatives:

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the community (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $656 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $939 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, or make a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment and support San Diego for now, forever.

Vince Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,

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