EIN 95-2942582

The San Diego Foundation

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To improve The quality of life in all of our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance The common good. The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve The quality of life in our region. The San Diego Foundation improves the quality of life within all of our communities. San Diego Foundation improves The quality of life within all of our communities.
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Program areas at The San Diego Foundation

See schedule o.since 1975, The San Diego Foundation has provided a permanent and growing source of funding to nonprofits serving The San Diego region. Thanks to The generosity of donors, The Foundation grants millions of dollars annually to nonprofit organizations addressing The challenges and needs in The San Diego region by using The highest level of philanthropic and investment expertise to provide maximum impact.the San Diego Foundation maximizes The impact of charitable giving to enact positive social change in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. We manage charitable funds for hundreds of individuals, families and corporations. A gift to The San Diego Foundation provides maximum tax deductions, outstanding investment management and low administrative costs. With more than 46 years serving The community and hundreds of active partnerships and collaborations with business, government and community leaders and organizations, we are able to assess changing regional needs and take action on San Diego's most pressing challenges. We gather this information and create an ongoing understanding of our region's needs and pair it with our donors' passions, values and interest areas and connect them with nonprofit organizations that offer solutions.the San Diego Foundation allows individuals and families to establish customized charitable funds without The burden of tax liabilities and administrative tasks associated with setting up a private Foundation. Our board of governors, comprised of professional experts and community leaders, and our knowledgeable staff provide keen oversight and an unwavering commitment to honoring The wishes of each donor.the San Diego Foundation's program areas are guided by our organizational values. We value all people, all partners, and our region. We act with integrity and respect for one another and The communities we serve, we engage diverse perspectives to foster collaboration and innovative solutions, and we strive for an inclusive community where everyone has equitable access to opportunity.we adhere to a deeply ethical approach to philanthropy, one that holds ourselves accountable to being a trustworthy partner and to approaching our work with humility and respect for The expertise of The communities we serve and of The government, nonprofit, business sectors and individuals with whom we collaborate. We will be open-minded, learn constantly, listen carefully to different experiences and different perspectives, build strong and diverse coalitions, support community engagement and engage in shared decision-making. Grant opportunities are offered by The San Diego Foundation, The San Diego women's Foundation, The San Diego regional policy & innovation center and our eight regional affiliate foundations (4sranch-del sur, carlsbad, chula vista, escondido, la jolla, oceanside, ramona, and rancho bernardo).

Grants made by The San Diego Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Uc San Diego FoundationFor the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at Uc San Diego To Be Used for Purposes Stated in the Agreement Dated December 12, 2017 Between the San Diego Foundation, the Halicioglu Family Foundation, Ucsd, and the Ucsd Foundation. This Is A Grant By An Other Interested Party As Referred To in Such Agreement$13,424,508
The Southwestern CollegeTo Support the SBDC for the City of San Diego American Rescue Plan Fund Direct Grants for Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program Per Agreement. Approved at Bog Meeting 9/23/21.$7,961,000
The Campanile FoundationTo Establish the James Silberrad Brown Artificial Intelligence Center$7,040,756
...and 942 more grants made totalling $141,735,938

Who funds The San Diego Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
San Diego Charitable Real Estate FoundationFor General Support$7,291,183
The Legler Benbough FoundationGeneral Support$2,546,613
Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable TrustWater Conservation Education and Scholarships$2,343,785
...and 77 more grants received totalling $21,294,646

Personnel at The San Diego Foundation

Mark StuartPresident and Chief Executive Officer$606,238
James HowellVice President and Chief Financial Officer$341,909
Matt FettigVice President , Chief Investment Officer$315,442
Theresa NakataVice President , Chief Marketing and Communications Officer$257,570
Susan GuinnVice President , Chief Innovation Officer , San Diego Foundation$452,153
...and 14 more key personnel

Financials for The San Diego Foundation

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$214,827,270
Program services$6,789,766
Investment income and dividends$11,396,278
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$-8,899
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$50,368,761
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$192,197
Total revenues$283,565,373

Form 990s for The San Diego Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-05-18990View PDF
2019-062021-01-21990View PDF
2018-062019-11-15990View PDF
2017-062018-12-22990View PDF
2017-062018-05-14990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
July 3, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
May 20, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
May 5, 2023
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $250,000 from S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation
November 14, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 16 new grant, including a grant for $94,335 from Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsCommunity foundationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Community improvement
Political advocacyOperates donor advised fundsProvides grantsLobbyingOperates internationallyState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportTax deductible donations
General information
2508 Historic Decatur Rd 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Metro area
San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA
Website URL
(619) 235-2300
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T31: Community Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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