November 13, 2015 – San Diego, CA – During the week of November 12-18, 2015, The San Diego Foundation will join more than 750 community foundations across the nation celebrating Community Foundation Week.

For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role that organizations like The Foundation have in fostering local collaboration and innovation to identify and address social challenges and opportunities.

“Community foundations play a meaningful role in the growth and health of a region,” shared Foundation CEO and President Kathlyn Mead. “The San Diego Foundation represents one of the largest donor networks in San Diego, and together, we help move our community forward for future generations.”

In Fiscal Year 2015, The Foundation granted $48 million to San Diego nonprofits responding to community needs throughout the county. In its 40 year history, The Foundation has generated a $1.5 billion impact for the San Diego region, including $939 million granted to nonprofits, $422 million in current endowment funds, and $164 million in current non-endowment funds.

Community foundations steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits providing vital services to our community. These place-based organizations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every U.S. state is home to at least one community foundation, working collaboratively to advance solutions on a wide range of community needs such as arts, culture & humanity; civil society and social innovation; disaster preparedness and relief; education (including STEM), environment; food, agriculture and nutrition; health & human services; housing and shelter; public safety; science & technology, and youth development.

To strengthen and promote a vibrant future in San Diego now and forever, The Foundation established the Fund for the Future, an endowment fund that enables donors to respond to unforeseen challenges and seize opportunities to address the most pressing needs of our region.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the community (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation promotes and increases effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $643 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 $945 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For more information, visit our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.

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