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

How to apply/deadline

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.

Legler Benbough Foundation
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 132
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 235-8099

Begin with letter of intent. 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

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