Featured New Member

The San Diego Foundation

Grantmakers for Education welcomes The San Diego Foundation as a new member. The foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving in the San Diego region. They mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The foundation and their donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. The San Diego Foundation has also been named the 2017 and 2018 Malin Burnham Awards Most Admired Foundation in San Diego.

One of their key initiatives in improving quality of life for San Diego’s youth is the Community Scholars Initiative. Launched in 2018, the Initiative is a pilot project that aims to help hundreds of students in San Diego County prepare for, pay for and persist through college. Through the initiative, The San Diego Foundation works with local schools and partners to pair needs-based scholarships with wraparound services, including academic tutoring, family support and counseling, to increase college access and success among San Diego students who need it most.

In its first two years, the Community Scholars Initiative has provided scholarships and support to more than 150 South County students and established a $1.6 million endowment to support educational equity efforts forever. “Investing in our students is one of the impactful ways to support our region and future generations,” shared Katie Rast, director of community impact at The San Diego Foundation. “Today’s high school senior will be the leader of tomorrow’s economy. The additional grant support from College Futures Foundation will help us build a more inclusive economy and workforce, while creating a lifelong connection between San Diego students and the region.”

The Community Scholars Initiative builds upon The San Diego Foundation’s continued leadership in increasing access to higher education. Founded in 1997, The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program is the largest scholarship provider in San Diego County outside the university system, granting more than $33 million to thousands of students throughout the region.

To learn more about The San Diego Foundation, please contact Katie Rast, director of community impact at katier@sdfoundation.org.

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