Equity & Innovation Fund

In late 2017, as part of the adoption of our new Strategic Framework, San Diego Grantmakers identified the need to diversify our business and revenue models. The board agreed to launch a new SDG annual fund to provide a mechanism for donations from funders and others energized by our mission, vision, values and key work areas and motivated to accelerate its implementation through 2020.


The Equity & Innovation Fund will provide the kind of essential general operating support to SDG that is critical to the functioning and sustainability of all nonprofits. Flexible core support helps ensure that in the years ahead San Diego Grantmakers can move to the next level of impact, go beyond our traditional scope of work and constituents, seize fresh opportunities, meet emerging challenges and continue our work as a connector and convener. And in this particular year, the fund will also help prepare us to navigate the potential funding risks associated with leadership transitions as Nancy Jamison steps down as President & CEO of the organization in January 2019.

With this pool of discretionary funds, we will be ready to:

  • champion equity and opportunity in our sector and the communities we serve;
  • contribute to effective change in philanthropy through informed, timely and relevant learning opportunities;
  • facilitate funder and cross-sector collaboration by convening leaders and incubating innovative ideas and co-created solutions; 
  • catalyze impact investing as an innovative way to develop new sources of funding for community needs;
  • support new forms of giving like giving circles and explore new membership growth such as small to medium businesses; and
  • expand our role in the policy arena in order to leverage public dollars.


Since many members have inquired about ways to honor Nancy’s passionate leadership of SDG and the region we serve, the SDG Board has asked that this year donations made to our inaugural Equity and Innovation Fund recognize her 13 years of friendship, leadership and commitment to social change.

In order to sustain the legacy set forth by Nancy in partnership with the SDG team and board over the past decade and continue to powerfully connect and activate funders to learn, lead and invest in our community, we invite you to be an inaugural investor in the Equity and Innovation Fund. Thank you for your commitment to creating transformative change in philanthropy and in our community.

Thank you to the Equity & Innovation Fund Donors

Bainum Family Foundation
Beckman-Matsui Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Blair Search Partners, LLC
Ellen G. and Edward G. Wong Family Foundation
Emerging Leaders Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Girard Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Lynn Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation
McCarthy Family Foundation
Moxie Foundation
Price Philanthropies Foundation
S. Bernstein Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation
Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
The Gem Foundation
The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation
The Rose Foundation


Karen Brailean
Courtney Brown
Paula Cordeiro
Cindy Dankberg
Steven Eldred
Robert Gleason
Kyra Green
Susan Halliday
Jamie Hampton & Karim Bouris
Norm Hapke & Valerie Jacobs
Micah Parzen 
Mindy Scarano
Shreya Shah Sasaki
Alan & Louarn Sorkin
Annie VanDan
Sierra Visher Kroha
Sid Voorakkara & Erin Spiewak

We are truly appreciative of the hundreds of individuals that make up our dynamic philanthropic network and have made meaningful contributions to the fund. 

To recognize this generosity, all donations to the Equity & Innovation Fund will receive:

  • Acknowledgements across all SDG platforms, an end of year report as to the impact of the fund
  • A complimentary ticket to our Annual Fall Equity Summit
  • An invitation to a special Fund Reception
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