Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

We seek diversity and inclusiveness in order to reflect the communities served, to ensure that a range of perspectives inform our approaches, and to strengthen our ability to respond effectively to a changing society.

SDG members have a notable history of responding to changing demographics in our diverse region and facilitating the inclusion of all people. To reflect this history and proactively advance the development of a diverse and responsive community, we establish diversity as a core issue and competency for philanthropic entities.


Dr. Robert K. Ross. "Philanthropy, Equity, and The Wizard." The Huffington Post. March 6, 2017.

Deborah Harrington. "Why Grantmaking Using a Racial Equity Lens is More Important Now Than Ever." Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. November 23, 2016.

Tamara Lucas Copeland. "Nonprofits Need to Talk About Race, Not Just Diversity." The Daily WRAG. May 12, 2016

Allen, Tonya and Robert Ross. "Nine Ways Foundations Can Help Men and Boys of Color." The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Feb. 18, 2016.

Haberman, Audrey and Sindhu Knotz. "Five Ways to Improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Family Foundations." Philanthropy Northwest blog. Feb. 17, 2016.


Resources from the webinar Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture. This webinar outlines the need for building a Race Equity Culture in social sector organizations by introducing resources and strategies to help participants move from commitment to action.

Without finely-honed organizational strategy, even the mightiest organization can miss the mark on the change it wants to make in the world. What drives the most successful organizational strategy? How do you ensure the data you take pains to collect has institutional meaning? How do we land the data plane on the strategy development runway to prepare our organizations for the future? 

Materials from 'San Diego Philanthropy's Response to Crisis on the Border.'

Materials and resources from the program Equity, Full Cost & Impact.

Program and other related materials from the program, Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Our partners at Northern California Grantmakers are hosting the following program that welcomes SDG members. Have questions?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

We are living through an unprecedented, generation-defining moment, full of uncertainty. When this crisis passes — and it will — we will experience a moment of reckoning, where will confront a need to imagine a new world — one where everyone can thrive.


Friday, December 6, 2019

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers today announced the availability of up to $300,000 in grant funding for nonprofit programs that advance racial and climate justice in San Diego County. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2020 [11:59 PM].

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The philanthropic sector’s growing urgency to tackle longstanding inequities offers strong motivation for funders to take stock […] Power, whether through organized people or organized money, is the force that changes systems, and changing systems is the only way to achieve equitable

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

"They call this work; we call this living.”


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A new pooled grantmaking fund awarded its first round of grants totaling $320,000 to nonprofit collaborative efforts that support civic engagement, at-risk youth, workplace rights, and connecting families to available public benefits.