Your Partner in Philanthropy

San Diego Philanthropy

With 2016 in full swing, we are looking forward to another year of community engagement throughout the San Diego region with you.

This year, we will reach another milestone of $1 billion in grants distributed.

The economic impact is significant, amounting to an average of $25 million granted annually to nonprofit organizations over 40 years.

This generosity has contributed to both immediate and long-term employment, and supports lifelong economic contributions made by recipients of these services, such as before and after school programs and college preparedness.

Like many community foundations, The San Diego Foundation has evolved over the past 40 years and we are continuing to adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of our region.

As a community foundation, we are established as a public charity, 501(c)(3) organization, which means donations made to us are tax deductible.

Many donors establish charitable funds with us so that over time they can distribute grants to nonprofit organizations, recognizing that their interests and community needs may change. And as their children, grandchildren, and other family members become involved in the philanthropic process, we help support their involvement.

We understand that environmental, economic and societal change requires that we all become stronger partners working toward common goals.

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Our community partners are many – civic leaders, donors, government, nonprofits and schools. Some relationships are more simply defined and others are more complex. While each partnership is different, The San Diego Foundation believes in personalizing every relationship based on needs and goals.

We facilitate many different types of donor grant making.

Some donors give individually to service organizations to ensure access to health care or other basic human needs, such as food and shelter. This type of charity is needed in our region.

Other donors begin their philanthropic journey with us by establishing scholarship funds. They recognize that their own successes or those of their loved ones came as a result of educational attainment.

To help students realize both their educational as well as their career goals, is important not only to the student but to the economic vitality of San Diego.

The San Diego Foundation also offers opportunities for collective impact. Giving together pools funds to create opportunities to overcome systemic challenges in our community.

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You can contribute to our needs based scholarship fund at any level. Pooling your contribution with others can help a student pursue higher education and graduate from college.

Whatever your interests and your charitable goals may be, The San Diego Foundation is here to support you and the San Diego region with 40 years of philanthropic leadership.

If you haven’t already, begin your philanthropic journey with us today!

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About Kathlyn Mead

Kathlyn MeadPresident and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, Kathlyn Mead has been actively involved in community throughout her career. National Medical Fellowships honored Kathlyn with its 2015 Leadership in Healthcare award. Charles R. Drew University recognized her commitment to community service with its 2011 Medal of Honor. Mead was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the University of Southern California, received San Diego’s 2004 KGTV-10 News Organizational Leadership Award, and is also a 2003 YWCA of San Diego TWIN awardee.

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