Member Benefits

Member Benefits

Learning & Networking Opportunities

Programs & Events

We offer numerous opportunities throughout the year for members to hear from expert speakers, learn about best practices, and network with grantmaking peers. Our specific programming series offer specific content and practitioner focus and better continuity of learning: Core Grantmaking Skills, Issues Spotlight, Learning Tour, Corporate Philanthropy, Executive Convenings, and Networking. Please visit our Calendar to see what's coming up.

Annual Conference

Inspiration and information abound at our Annual Conference, the largest regional event designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and connectedness of people who are passionate and strategic about philanthropy. It is an exclusive opportunity to learn from and engage with people from foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor-advised funds, grantmaking public charities, government funders, philanthropy advisors, as well as individual donors -- all in the same place at the same time!

Member Briefings

Is there a topic that you would like to discuss with other grantmakers? Let us help you organize a program about it! We help with meeting design, logistics, and getting the right people in the room. Read our Member Briefing Guidelines and then complete a Member Briefing Proposal.


Many hands make for lighter work...and greater impact. That's why we help funders work together and with other stakeholders to address important community issues. Whether they're engaged in shared learning or combining resources for action, SDG provides the support and facilitation necessary to make collaborative work possible. Read more about our Collaborations

News & Information

Grants Data

Two technology platforms developed in partnership with Foundation Center allow members to access data and statistics about grantmaking in California. Thanks to grant support from The James Irvine Foundation, both of these resources are available at no charge to members of the three California regional associations of grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), San Diego Grantmakers (SDG), and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG).:

  • Foundation Maps: California displays information about more than 200,000 grants made by 260+ California grantmakers (member access only)
  • California Foundation Stats is a public online dashboard that allows anyone to access hundreds of charts and tables on the size, scope, and giving priorities of California foundations, as well as giving to California-based recipients by those outside California. It also lists top funders by region and issue area, and includes access to nearly 900 research reports about California-based initiatives, sortable by regional focus

Member Directory

Our Member Directory enables members to view the contact information, mission, giving areas, and giving levels of fellow members. Use it to identify like-minded funders, potential partners, ask about grantees or just to set up lunch.

Member Listservs

SDG members are subscribed to our various listservs – group email lists based on membership in SDG, type of grantmaking organization, and giving areas.  You can tap the collective knowledge of your grantmaking peers by submitting questions, giving feedback or sharing your news about your grantmaking.

Online Resources

Our website is a one-stop-shop for the latest grantmaking information and materials. Resources include reputable support organizations, online tools, and timely research and guides. We maintain a calendar of our events and community events for grantmakers and share all materials from our programs in case you missed it.

Promoting Your Work

We want to share news about our members' philanthropy and contributions to society, so we talk about it every chance we get! Our website, strategic media relations, and social media are a few of the ways we help spread the word.


We deliver the latest resources, articles of interest, and public policy information straight to members' inboxes through a mix of newsletters and other topical emails.

Philanthropy Advocacy

Not only do we serve as a resource for our members, we are also a resource about philanthropy for non-grantmakers. We publicly promote our members' work and advocate on behalf of philanthropy in the San Diego region. And through our affiliation with other state and national grantmaker organizations, we help present a unified voice for philanthropy at all levels of government and across sectors.

Discounted Products & Services

Directors & Officers Liability Insurance

With the increased governmental scrutiny on the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, many experts strongly recommend that foundations carry Directors & Officers Insurance to protect both trustees and the foundation. Through an arrangement with the Council on Foundations (, San Diego Grantmakers is pleased to offer its members access to a discounted Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Coverage program.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

This publication by the Stanford Graduate School of Business provides grantmakers with informative research, best practices, and provocative opinions.  A special 25 percent discounted rate for SDG members is $39.95 for 1 year (4 issues) plus a digital subscription for U.S. subscribers who sign up online with credit card.  Contact us for the special promotion code then subscribe online at To contact SSIR directly, please call (650) 725-5399 or email [email protected].

Regional Association Guest Membership

This service extends member rates on programs to board members of grantmaking institutions that are members of other regional grantmaking associations. For example, a trustee of a family foundation that belongs to San Diego Grantmakers lives in Connecticut (a state in which the family foundation makes no grants). That board member would be eligible to participate in programs at the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP). In return, a trustee of a CCP member who lives in San Diego would receive similar benefits. The benefit of this program lies in the peer network that is created by the participating board members. The attending board member learns about another region's philanthropic experience while sharing (and comparing) his or her own perspective with a wider audience.  Contact us for more information about this benefit.