April 7, 2014 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation has appointed Kari Breitweiser as Director of Charitable Giving, a new Center for Charitable Giving position.

In her new role, Breitweiser will work closely with the professional advisor community and charitably minded individuals to establish new family foundations, donor advised funds, endowments, legacy funds, and planned gifts.

Breitweiser previously held a similar position at The Foundation for five years before she departed to work for her family’s real estate business. Prior to that, she served as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, where she facilitated investment and financial planning for high net-worth individuals.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Kari back to The Foundation family, as she was and will continue to be an extremely valuable asset to our organization,” said Chief Giving Officer Adrienne Vargas. “She possesses an outstanding combination of business experience, financial planning expertise, and demonstrated success in the philanthropic community, which will further strengthen The Foundation’s impact in the community.”

Kari graduated from the University of the Pacific and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration.

About The San Diego Center for Charitable Giving
The San Diego Center for Charitable Giving aspires to increase charitable giving in our communities by understanding donor motivation, presenting charitable giving opportunities, and establishing charitable funds – with the ultimate goal of creating permanent assets.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $636 million in assets, almost 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 $860 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, heather@sdfoundation.org