It was another remarkable, record-breaking year for San Diego Foundation thanks to our vital partnerships with staff, boardmembers, donors, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and volunteers who dedicated themselves to helping San Diegans, creating a region we are proud to call home and advancing our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities.

Read below to learn about our top 10 moments of 2022.

Also, if you would like to make a year-end contribution to SDF, there is still time left to give.

Top 10 Moments

1. Granting More Than Ever Before

Thanks to donors and partners, we granted more than we ever have before – a record-breaking $150.8 million – to help communities near and far.

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2. Supporting Education

SDF grew its support for education this year with a historic $3.5 million in scholarships to nearly 1,000 San Diego college students; its first-ever grants to support approximately 34,000 local college students’ basic needs, such as food and housing assistance, technology resources and internet access, and mental and behavioral health care; and a new partnership with Teach for America San Diego to increase the diversity of K-12 teachers in San Diego County schools.

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3. Launching the Binational Resilience Initiative

In partnership with the International Community Foundation, we launched the Binational Resilience Initiative to preserve the Cali-Baja coast from Oceanside to Ensenada for current residents and future generations.

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4. Advocating for Families

As part of the Early Childhood Initiative, SDF partnered with Dr. Seuss Foundation to add early literacy to 2022 grantmaking. SDF also commissioned and released the “Workforce, Childcare + Change” report in March, highlighting the challenges of working parents and providers in accessing quality, affordable childcare in San Diego County. In October, report findings and recommendations were shared by SDF Chief Impact and Partnerships Officer Pamela Gray Payton at the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Childcare Conference.

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5. Celebrating 2 Years of Equity & Access

In October, SDF celebrated the second anniversary of the Black Community Investment Fund (BCIF) and its community-led, innovative efforts that increase racial equity and generational wealth for Black San Diegans, such as the San Diego Black Homebuyers Program that helped more than 30 Black families move into new homes in 2022. SDF also announced the launch of the Black InGenius Initiative, a partnership with University of San Diego that will increase college access and readiness for local Black students.

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6. Addressing ‘San Diego’s New Pandemic’

With partners at the County of San Diego, SDF launched the San Diego Housing Fund by providing $10 million in funding to address housing affordability and availability, what SDF CEO & President Mark Stuart dubs “San Diego’s new pandemic.” At an historic Joint County-City Housing Summit held in October, Stuart also presented an innovative housing development mapping tool developed by San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center.

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7. Transforming San Diego Foundation

In June, SDF announced a new brand logo, updated name and new website that celebrates our commitment to all people and all partners in our region and marks our organization’s transformative change with a new mission, vision and strategic plan.

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8. Greening San Diego

In August, SDF awarded $838,704 in Opening the Outdoors grants to 24 nonprofit organizations that offer San Diegans equitable access to outdoor spaces throughout the County. In April and December, SDF awarded a combined $360,000 to community-based organizations offering green jobs access, mentoring and support to local opportunity youth, or young people, ages 16 – 24, who are not in school or working.

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9. Assisting with Post-Pandemic Recovery

In 2022, SDF partnered with the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and Escondido to provide funding and support for each municipality’s small business and/or nonprofit relief funds, assisting in the awarding of more than $15 million to small businesses and nonprofits serving each city.

Chula Vista Third Avenue

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10. Recognizing our Team

SDF staff and board had much to celebrate this year, from new board members to awards recognizing our diverse leadership to a third-year-in-a-row recognition as a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Additionally, fund holders, staff and Board of Governors members came together to celebrate the retirement of Leslie Harrington and thank her for 22 years of service to SDF in September.

Leslie Harrington Retirement Celebration

3 Ways to Give Before 2022 Ends

There is still time left to support our programs, initiatives and vision for just, equitable and resilient communities before 2022 comes to an end:

  1. Contribute to your donor-advised fund (see Year-End Giving Guidelines for fund advisors)
  2. Set up a recurring gift to grow your giving in 2023
  3. Make a one-time online gift to SDF strategic initiatives addressing our most pressing community needs

This work and these stories will continue to inspire and motivate us in 2023. We are forever grateful for your partnership and generosity.