Transition Age Youth Funders

On Oct. 18, 2016, more than 80 people who are part of San Diego County's community of individuals, programs, and agencies that touch the lives of transitioning foster youth gathered for a day of strategic dialogue and resource mapping hosted by the TAY Funders

After more than a decade of robust learning and impactful action, we have decided that it is time for the Transition Age Youth Funders group of San Diego Grantmakers to sunset. Over the past year, meeting attendance has dwindled to just four or so individuals each meeting and the ability of those who do participate to commit funds to a coordinated grant-making process is limited. Therefore, upon consultation among the chair, key members of the group, and SDG staff, it was agreed that the group will no longer meet.

Formed in 2006 as the Child Welfare Funders, and narrowing its focus in 2011 to transition age youth, this group’s activities resulted in work with the California State Department of Social Services to disseminate best practices; grants by its members to plan and design TAY Academy (which resulted in $5M in public funding); and in SDG taking on a role in support of the Fostering Futures Initiative (FFI). SDG will continue to support the FFI as it finalizes its transition from planning to action. 

The success of FFI has allowed our community to broaden the conversation about how to best support transitioning youth to include service providers and youth, along with funders. FFI will continue to invite you to their quarterly briefings and we are happy to provide deeper updates if you are interested.

We encourage you to also consider organizing a Member-Led Briefing if and when topics of particular importance in the TAY/child welfare arena arise that you would like to share with the broader SDG membership. We would be very pleased to support you in that (read more in the briefing guidelines or contact Megan).

We express deep gratitude for the impact you have made over the years and will continue to make on some of the most vulnerable children and youth of our region.


The Transition Age Youth Funders (TAY Funders) -- formerly known as the Child Welfare Funders -- is a collaboration facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers that focuses on youth transitioning from systems in our community into adulthood (i.e. foster care system, juvenile justice, etc.)

Fostering Futures Initiative

In 2014, San Diego Grantmakers became fiscal sponsor for the San Diego Fostering Futures Initiative (FFI), a cross-sector collaboration that includes TAY Funders members and is focused on supporting the needs of transitioning foster youth, particularly around the implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, which extends public benefits to foster youth beyond the age of 18. Read More >

Theory of Change

Based on this collective learning and through the development of a strategic planning process, TAY Funders aligned funding to support four specific strategies and programs that help improve outcomes for youth aging out of the foster care system:

  • Mentoring for women aging out who are pregnant or parenting
  • Life and workplace mentorships for youth aging out of foster care
  • Life-skills training and financial support for emergent needs of youth
  • Assistance to increase enrollment in post-secondary education

TAY Funders Members



TAY Funders has been meeting since 2006 to learn more about the child welfare system and issues facing the children and families it serves.  TAY Funders has studied best practices from around the country, examined current local strategies, and met with county child welfare officials, agencies serving foster youth and families, as well as former foster youth.  They also hosted a regional workshop with the California State Department of Social Services on best practices throughout the state.

It was in 2011, that TAY Funders began to narrow its focus on the challenges of Transition Age Youth in our community.  Several members granted funds to plan and design a Transition Age Youth Academy in Golden Hill.  This planning yielded great results in early 2012 when $5 million in public funding was awarded to not only support the original academy site, but four additional TAY Academy sites in the north, south and east regions of the County as well.

In 2013, with the support of a grant from Qualcomm, TAY Funders met four times with a continued focus on youth aging out of the foster care system. They learned about efforts by the San Diego Youth Development Office to coordinate local resources and the Sierra Health Foundation’s work with “cross over youth,” as well as information about an emerging effort led by the S. Bernstein Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation to convene a collective impact style approach in our region to supporting youth aging out of the foster care system.


Members of this collaboration may email one another using tayfunders[at]

Meetings & Materials

Click here to access past meeting materials.
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Robert Foster
Director of Impact Investments
San Diego Grantmakers

Direct: 858-500-3630
[email protected]