San Diego Foundations and Grantmakers

We are proud to provide this list of funders that support San Diego nonprofits, school districts, higher education and local government. The following list is not comprehensive, but includes funders that grant at least $100,000 or more in total grants. All of the funders below accept grant requests. Note that you should NEVER apply for grant funding without having a copy of a funder's grant guidelines. If guidelines are not available online, we encourage you to contact the funder by phone or mail to request the guidelines.

You can use GuideStar or the Foundation Center's Funder Finder to obtain the 990 tax returns for most grantmaking foundations. The 990 includes a list of grants made by the funder, and, in most cases, their grant guidelines.



Funder name and how to apply

Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

101 West Broadway, Suite 900

San Diego, California 92101

(619) 741-0113

Begin with letter of intent. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Alliance Healthcare Foundation

9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 350

San Diego, California 92123

(858) 874-3788

Begin with letter of intent. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


AT&T Foundation

(800) 591-9663

See website for criteria.  Contact funder to determine eligibility.


Bank of America

See website.

No deadline. See website for guidelines and details.


Barona Casino

See website.

No deadline. See website for guidelines and details.


Better World Together Foundation

One BetterWorld Circle, Suite 200

Temecula, California 92590

(951) 506-2553

Begin with letter of intent. See website for details.

Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation

101 Foulk Road, Suite 200

Wilmington, DE 19803

No deadline or formal application process. Contact funder for guidelines.


Blue Shield Foundation

50 Beale Street, 14th Fl

San Francisco, CA 94105-1819

(415) 229-6080

Submit letter of inquiry for appropriate funding category. Click here for their funding areas.


Boys and Girls Foundation

2525 Camino del Rio South

Suite 158

San Diego, CA 92108

info@boysandgirlsfoundation.org

(619) 683-2192

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines are 1/1, 4/1, 7/1, 10/1.


Tanya and Charles Brandes Foundation

P.O. Box 1983

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Contacts:

Charles and Tanya Brandes

(619) 755-0297

Submit letter with purpose and request amount, and 501c3 tax-exemption letter.


The Bravo Foundation

1042 N. El Camino Real B409

Encinitas, CA 92024

619-889-1244

See website for details.

The Alphonse A. Burnand Medical and Educational Foundation

P.O. Box 59

Borrego Springs, CA  92004

(760) 767-5314

No deadline or formal application process. Contact funder for guidelines.


Bridgepoint Education Foundation

13500 Evening Creek Drive North

Suite 600

San Diego, CA 92128

(866) 475-0317

Deadlines are 1/1, 4/1, 7/1, and 10/1


California Arts Council

1300 I Street, Suite 930

Sacramento, CA 9581

(916) 322-6555 

(800) 201-6201

Various deadlines for different program areas. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


California Council for the Humanities

921 25th St.

San Diego, CA 92102

(619) 232-4020

Deadlines vary with program area. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


California Wellness Foundation

6320 Canoga Avenue

Suite 1700

Woodland Hills, CA 91367 

(818) 702-1900

Begin with letter of intent. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


California Endowment

1000 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, California 90012

Main office: (800) 449-4149

San Diego office: (619) 230-0555

questions@calendow.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Callaway Golf Company Foundation

2180 Rutherford Road

Carlsbad, CA 92008-7328

cgcfoundation@callawaygolf.com

No unsolicited requests


Carlsbad Charitable Foundation

See website for details


Coastal Community Foundation

P.O. Box 230415

Encinitas, CA 92023-0415

(760) 942-9245

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. No deadlines.


David C. Copley Foundation

2251 San Diego Avenue, Suite A-238

San Diego, CA 92110

Contact: Kim Koch, Chief Operating Officer

applications@copleyfoundation.org

619-269-8220

January 15th or July 15th. Submit preliminary grant application with adequate time ahead of these deadliens to be invited.


Cox Communications

See website

No deadline; online grant request

Cush Family Foundation

5202 Kearny Mesa Road

San Diego, CA  90211

(858) 549-2874

Send letter proposal, financial statements, 501c3 tax-exemption letter. No deadline.


Frank M & Gertrude R Doyle Foundation

1001 Avenida Pico, Suite C-619, San Clemente, CA 92673

info@doylefound.org

Contact funder for guidelines and details. No deadlines.


Escondido Community Foundation

See website for details

See website for details


Farrell Family Foundation

See website for details

See website for details

Favrot Fund

1770 James Place, Suite 510

Houston, TX 77056

(713) 622-1442

Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Fieldstone Foundation

See website for details

Invites grant applicants to apply; no unsolicited requests from San Diego County


First Five San Diego

1495 Pacific Highway, Suite 202

(MS-A211)

San Diego, CA 92101-6466

(866) 726-8831

(619) 230-6460

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Samuel I and John Henry Fox Foundation

Union Bank of California

P.O. Box 45174

San Francisco, CA 94145

(619) 230-4484

Contact funder for guidelines and details.


French Foundation for Medical Research and Education

3701 Sacramento Street #412

San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 263-0907

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Melvin Garb Foundation

5348 Carroll Canyon Rd., Ste. 200

San Diego, CA 92121-1733

Contacts: Michael Berlin or Stephen Cohen

(858) 750-4200

No deadline. See tax return for guidelines and details.


Girard Foundation

2223 Avenida de la Playa

Suite 203

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 551-0881

info@girardfoundation.org

Contact the funder or see website for guidelines and details. Letter of inquiry process.


Henry L. Guenther Foundation 

2029 Century Park East

Century Plaza Towers

Suite 4392

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Contact funder by mail for guidelines. Deadlines are 5/30, 10/31.


Salah M. Hassanein Foundation

514 Via De La Valle, Suite 207

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 509-7979

Short letter proposal. Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Heller Foundation Of San Diego Union Bank of California

9255 Town Center Drive, #820

San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 552-2066

Contact funder for guidelines and details.


James Irvine Foundation

575 Market Street, Suite 3400

San Francisco, CA 94105

San Francisco office

(415) 777-2244

Los Angeles office

(213) 236-0552

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Jacobs Family Foundation

5160 Federal Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92105

(619) 527-6161

(800) 550-6856

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Jack in the Box Foundation

9330 Balboa Ave.

San Diego, CA

92123-1516

(858) 571-2121

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Jewish Community Foundation

4950 Murphy Canyon Rd.

San Diego, CA 92123-4900

(858) 279-2740

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


James Hervey Johnson Charitable Education Trust

PO Box 16160

San Diego, CA 92176

Contact funder by mail for guidelines and details. Deadline is 4/15.


Kaiser Permanente

communitybenefitgrants_kpsd@kp.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Susan Komen Race for the Cure San Diego

4699 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 102B

San Diego, CA 92123

See website; funds different categories. Deadline is typically in late October.


Las Patronas

P.O. Box 1888

La Jolla, CA 92038

(858) 527-1686

(858) 454-2666

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


McCarthy Family Foundation

P. O. Box 27389

San Diego, CA 92198-1389

mail@mccarthyfamilyfdn.org

Letter of inquiry

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Mission Federal Credit Union

5785 Oberlin Drive, Ste. 202

San Diego, CA  92121

Contact: Michelle Brega, Manager

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. No deadline.


Nierman Foundation

5573 Thunderbird Lane

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact: Bernys S. Nierman-Levin

(858) 272-0028

Contact funder for guidelines and details. No deadline.


Nordson Corporate Community Foundation

Asymtek

2762 Loker Avenue West

Carlsbad, California 92008-6603

(760) 930-7258

Contact: Ray McHenry, Human Resource Manager

rmchenry@asymtek.com

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadline is May 15.


Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation

11 Golden Shore, Suite 450

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 435-8444

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines are open/vary by funding area.


Pulido Walker Foundation

P.O. Box 1334

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Contact: Donna Walker

(858) 558-9200

Written proposal. Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Gerald T. and Inez Grant Parker Foundation

4365 Executive Drive, Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92121-2133

(858) 677-1431

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


The Hughes and Sheila Potiker Family Foundation

3366 N. Torrey Pines Court

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact: Sheila Potiker

(858) 657-9400

No formal guidelines. Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Arthur P. and Jeanette G. Pratt Memorial Fund

Union Bank of California

9255 Town Center Drive, #820

San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 552-2066

Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Price Philanthropies

(619) 795-2000 (City Heights) or (858) 551-2321 (La Jolla)

See website for more details.

Submit letter of inquiry online


Qualcomm

See website.

Letter of inquiry process. See website for guidelines and details.

Julia Richardson Brown Foundation

11480 Forestview Lane

San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 566-9325

No deadline


Rancho Bernardo Foundation

PO Box 270744

San Diego, CA 92198

(858) 385 1595

info@rbcf.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

P.O. Box 811

Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067

(858) 756-6557

info@rsffoundation.org

Also: Rancho Santa Fe Women's Foundation

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


ResMed Foundation

P.O. Box 2448

La Jolla, CA 92038

858-775-6551

FTudor@ResmedFoundation.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


The Anthony Robbins Foundation

9672 Via Excelencia Suite 102

San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 444-3080

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Rose Foundation  

6008 College Ave. Suite 10 

Oakland, CA  94618  

(510) 658-0702

Letter of inquiry process. Contact funder for guidelines and details. Deadlines are 11/30, 5/30


St. Germaine Children's Charity

P. O. Box 2141

La Jolla, CA 92038-2141

858-454-1211

stgchildrenscharity@gmail.com

Applications available in November. One deadline annually.


San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture

See website.

See website for guidelines and details.


San Diego County Bar Association Foundation

1333 Seventh Avenue, Suite 101

San Diego, CA 92101-4309

401 West A Street, Suite 1100 

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 231-7015

info@sdcbf.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines are 4/1 and 10/1


City of San Diego CDBG Program

Contact funder for details and guidelines.


County of San Diego CDBG Program

Contact funder for details and guidelines.


San Diego Foundation for Change

3758 30th Street

San Diego, CA 92104

(619) 692-0527

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Foundation

2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200

San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 235-2300

info@sdfoundation.org

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Human Dignity Foundation

P.O. Box 33245

San Diego, CA 92163-3245

Phone: (619) 291-3383

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadline is 8/31.


San Diego Women's Foundation

2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 235-2300

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Workforce Partnership

See website for details and open requests for proposals.


San Marcos Foundation

See website.

See website for guidelines and details.


Sempra Energy Foundation

(619) 696-2012

SempraEnergyFoundation@sempra.com

Online grant application. See website to begin process.


Sony Electronics

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.

Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

114 W. 47th Street

New York, NY 10036

(212) 852-1000

Contact funder for guidelines and details. Deadline is 4/15.

CJ and Dot Stafford Memorial Trust

C/o Wells Fargo

P.O. Box 63954

San Francisco, CA  94163

(800) 352-3705

Contact funder for guidelines and details. Letter proposal due 4/1.


Sundt Foundation

4101 E. Irvington Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85714

(520) 748-7555

Grant guidelines, application and forms available online.


Szekely Family Foundation

Deborah Szekely

P.O. Box 463057

Escondido, CA 92046

Letter proposal. Contact funder for guidelines and details. No deadlines.


Time Warner Cable

Online grant application through TW's Connect a Million Minds program.


Women Give Foundation

See website.


Union Bank of California Foundation and Union Bank of California Charitable Contributions

Union Bank of California, N.A.

530 B Street, Mail Code S-650

San Diego, CA 92101

Contact: J.R. Raines

Phone: (619) 230-4919

Both foundation and charitable contribution guidelines available on website.


United Way of San Diego County

4699 Murphy Canyon Road

San Diego, CA, 92123

(858) 492-2000

Issues requests for proposals for its priority areas (education, income and health).


US Bancorp Foundation

U.S. Bank LM-CA-T29A

633 West Fifth Street, 29th Fl.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 615-6405

Multiple deadlines. See website for guidelines and deadlines, or contact foundation.


Waitt Family Foundation

P.O. Box 1948

La Jolla, CA 92038-1948

(858) 551-4839

Online grant application. See website for details.


Warren Family Foundation

P.O. Box 915

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(858) 756-3711

Contact: Tracy W. St. Amour

Letter proposal. Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust 

P.O. Box 221071

San Diego, CA 92192

Contact: Joseph Satz

(858) 551-2386

Letter proposal. Contact funder for guidelines and details.


Toby Wells Foundation

17083 Old Coach Road

Poway, CA 92064

Contact: 

Adrienne Wells Castaneda

adrienne@tobywells.org

(858) 391-2979 (fax)

September deadline. 

See website for grant guidelines and deadlines. To make contact with the foundation, use email or fax.


Wells Fargo Foundation

Guidelines available online. Contact foundation for details.


Women's Give Fund

Letter of inquiry typically due in early September


Wong Family Foundation

P.O. Box 235228

Encinitas, CA 92023-5228

Guidelines available online. Deadlines are 2/15 and 8/15.


Walter J and Betty C. Zable Foundation

1660 Hotel Circle North, Suite 710

San Diego, CA 92108

info@zablefoundation.org

(619) 294-7005

First Wednesday in January, April, July and October