San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) joined Live Well San Diego as a Recognized Partner on October 25, 2017. SDG is a nonprofit membership association that serves organizations and individuals who are strategic about philanthropy and provide significant funding to multiple nonprofits. Their current membership includes more than 115 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities, government funders, philanthropy advisors, impact investors, and individual philanthropists.
SDG’s key roles in the community are to:
SDG works to connect and activate funders to learn, lead and invest in the community directly in alignment with Live Well San Diego. An example of current member activities for building better health is the San Diego Food Funders (SDFF), a funder collaboration facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers that addresses issues on hunger and other food system challenges. The group organizes regular presentations by local food system organizations/experts to help better understand the context of work and opportunities for co-funding or worthy projects outside their funding parameters.
SDG’s work aligns with living safely through the Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD), a regional collaboration of grantmakers that combines and aligns resources to actively end homelessness in the county. It is part of a national Funders Together to End Homelessness network and has a goal to build a San Diego County network of funders who are committed to solving homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration, alignment and focus of resources; and effective promotion and replication of evidence based practices in our community.
SDG is the fiscal sponsor for the San Diego Fostering Futures Initiative (FFI), a cross-sector (government, philanthropy, nonprofits and business) collaboration that is focused on supporting the needs of transitioning foster youth, particularly related to implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, which extends public benefits to foster youth beyond the age of 18. The goals of FFI, align with Live Well San Diego’s thriving strategy to cultivate opportunities for engaging, connecting and flourishing communities through multi-sector partnerships.