Center for Civic Engagement

The Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation brings community together to learn and discuss social challenges and opportunities by facilitating dialogue and collaborative action to create a vibrant San Diego region.

We convene diverse perspectives and champions for Our Greater San Diego Vision advanced through a WELL framework: Work, Enjoy, Live and Learn.

To learn more about the CCE, read our report to the community or view our event discussions.

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Community Before Self: Seventy Years of Making Waves by Malin Burnham

Community Before Self

Malin Burnham, Center for Civic Engagement founder and San Diego changemaker, has 70 years of experience growing a vibrant region through philanthropy. In his new book, Community Before Self: Seventy Years of Making Waves, Burnham shares that when he gifted funds toward the construction of the San Diego Yacht Club Junior Sailing Center, he stipulated that a list of “Virtues of Excellence” be permanently attached to the building, and that these virtues be taught on an ongoing basis to the junior sailing participants. Community Before Self details these virtues and other valuable leadership lessons, and explains how anyone can live a life of integrity and purposeful giving.

All proceeds from Community Before Self book sales support the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation.


Weaving Movements

Weaving Movements is an event series and campaign that champions civic engagement and improves the quality of life in all of our communities. Weaving Movements brings our San Diego community together to build regional awareness about economic opportunity, environmental access, recidivism reduction and the power of voting. Inspired in part by the work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, film, art, music and conversation illustrates Huerta’s legacy and teaches us about how movements are made and how they shape our nation, region and lives.


Future40 Series

The CCE Future40 event series engages experts in their fields to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities and challenge our assumptions. Join us in this discussion and in our work to fulfill the vision for San Diego and embrace the change the future brings.

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