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.  When a funder does not have a website, we have linked to their GuideStar profile. Create a profile for free to access their 990 tax returns.


Funder name and how to apply

Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

(619) 741-0113

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

Quarterly deadlines: January, April, August and October


Alliance Healthcare Foundation

(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 for guidelines and details. Currently has deadlines in January (individuals and families) and June (economic development/social progress).


Barona Casino

See website.

No deadline. See website for guidelines and details.


BetterWorld Trust

(951) 506-2553

Begin with letter of intent. See website for details.


Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation

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


Blue Shield Foundation

(415) 229-6080

RFPs issued for their funding areas.


Boys and Girls Foundation

info@boysandgirlsfoundation.org

(619) 683-2192

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines for LOIs are the 1st of February, May, August and November.


Tanya and Charles Brandes Foundation

Charles and Tanya Brandes

P.O. Box 1983

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(619) 755-0297

See tax return for details. Submit letter with purpose and request amount, and 501c3 tax-exemption letter.


The Bravo Foundation

619-889-1244

Preselects grantees, but does allow applicants to submit letter of inquiry. See website for details.


The Alphonse A. Burnand Medical and Educational Foundation

P.O. Box 59

Borrego Springs, CA  92004

No deadline or formal application process. See tax returns or contact funder for guidelines.


California Arts Council

(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

(619) 232-4020

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


California Wellness Foundation

(818) 702-1900

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


California Endowment

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

No unsolicited requests


Carlsbad Charitable Foundation

See website for details


Coastal Community Foundation

(760) 942-9245

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


David C. Copley Foundation

619-269-8220

See website. Deadlines are January 15th or July 15th. Submit preliminary grant application with adequate time ahead of these deadlines to be invited.


Cox Charities

August 31 deadline for nonprofit grants. Also distributes funds through Cox Communications


Cush Family Foundation

(858) 549-2874

See guidelines on website.


Frank M & Gertrude R Doyle Foundation

info@doylefound.org

Contact funder for guidelines and details. No deadlines.


Escondido Community Foundation

See website for details


Farrell Family Foundation

See website for details


Favrot Fund

(713) 622-1442

See tax return for application process, and detailed list of grantees.


Fieldstone Foundation

See website for details

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


First Five San Diego

(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

(858) 551-0881

info@girardfoundation.org

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


Henry L. Guenther Foundation 

562-799-544

See tax return to access grant guidelines.  Deadlines are 5/31, 10/31.


James Irvine Foundation

(415) 777-2244

(213) 236-0552

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Jack in the Box Foundation

(858) 571-2121

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Jewish Community Foundation

(858) 279-2740

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Kaiser Permanente

communitybenefitgrants_kpsd@kp.org

Deadline typically in mid-March. See website for guidelines and details.


Susan Komen Race for the Cure San Diego

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


Las Patronas

(858) 527-1686

(858) 454-2666

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines typically in January and August


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

Currently has no direct grant program. Monitor website for future opportunities.


Nordson Corporate Community Foundation

(760) 930-7246

Contact: Sara Vaz, Community Relations Manager

rmchenry@asymtek.com

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Deadlines are February 15, August 15 and November 15.


Pulido Walker Foundation

Written proposal. See tax return for application information.Donna Walker

P.O. Box 1334

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(858) 558-9200


Gerald T. and Inez Grant Parker Foundation

(858) 677-1431

Deadlines vary. Usually fall in January, February, May, July, September, November.

Contact funder or see website for guidelines.


Price Philanthropies

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

Submit letter of inquiry online


Qualcomm

See website. No unsolicited grant requests.


Rancho Bernardo Foundation

(858) 385 1595

info@rbcf.org

Also manages RSF Women's Fund. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

(858) 756-6557

info@rsffoundation.org

Also: Rancho Santa Fe Women's Foundation

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


ResMed Foundation

858-361-0755

kristib@resmedfoundation.org

Various deadlines (March 15/September 15 for clinical research, June 15 and December 15 for physician and public awareness proposals, and April 1 for community philanthropy). See website for guidelines and details.


The Anthony Robbins Foundation

(858) 444-3080

Apply online via a letter of intent.


Rose Foundation  

(510) 658-0702

Letter of inquiry processs. Various different grant funds and programs. See website for deadlines and funding opportunities.


St. Germaine Children's Charity

858-454-1211

stgchildrenscharity@gmail.com

Applications available in November. One deadline annually, typically in January or February.


San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture

See website for guidelines and details.


San Diego County Bar Association Foundation

(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

(619) 692-0527

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Foundation

(619) 235-2300

info@sdfoundation.org

Rotating grant priorities. Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Human Dignity Foundation

Phone: (619) 291-3383

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details.


San Diego Women's Foundation

(619) 235-2300

Contact funder or see website for guidelines and details. Changes priorities annually.


San Diego Workforce Partnership

See website for details and open requests for proposals.


San Marcos Foundation

See website for guidelines and details.


Satterberg Foundation

Online LOI for core support grants is typically due in October. See website for exact dates, as this may change.


Sempra Energy Foundation

(619) 696-2012

SempraEnergyFoundation@sempra.com

No unsolicited grant applications, but website may announce RFPs


Sony USA Foundation

See website for guidelines and details.

Sony Electronics: SELCommunityAffairs@am.sony.com.

Sony Pictures: SPE_CSR@spe.sony.com


CJ and Dot Stafford Memorial Trust

Managed by Wells Fargo. See website for application guidelines.

Online proposal due July 31


Sundt Foundation

(480) 293-3000

sundtfoundation@sundt.com

Grant guidelines available online.

March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15


Szekely Family Foundation

Letter proposal. Contact funder or see tax return 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

San Diego Contact: J.R. Raines

(619) 230-3105

jr.raines@unionbank.com

Both foundation and charitable contribution guidelines available on website. Foundation deadline is October 31.


United Way of San Diego County

(858) 492-2000

Issues "collective impact" requests for proposals for its priority areas.


US Bancorp Foundation

(213) 615-6405

Begins with an LOI. Deadlines for "play" (January 31), "work" (April 30), and "home" (July 31). See website for guidelines and deadlines, or contact foundation.


Waitt Family Foundation

Online grant application, with rolling monthly deadline. See website for details.


Warren Family Foundation

P.O. Box 915

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(858) 756-3711

Submit a letter proposal. See tax return for guidelines.


Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust 

(858) 551-2386

Submit a letter proposal. See tax return or contact funder for guidelines and details.


Toby Wells Foundation

adrienne@tobywells.org

December 31 deadline.

See website for grant guidelines and deadlines. You may need to view their 990 tax return to identify grant guidelines.


Wells Fargo Foundation

Xiomara.Arroyo@wellsfargo.com

(619) 688-2854

Guidelines available online. Apply by September 30, but recommended timeframe is early in the year (after January 1)


Women's Give Fund

Letter of inquiry typically opens in November, with a January deadline


Wong Family Foundation

Guidelines available online. Submit LOI. Deadlines are February 15 and August 15.


Walter J and Betty C. Zable Foundation

info@zablefoundation.org

858-564-9500

Deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.


Zovio

See website