Inaugural Grants Awarded from New Fund Dedicated to Advancing Equity in San Diego

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Contact: Michelle Slingerland
(858) 875-3331

San Diego, CA (Feb. 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.

The Social Equity Collaborative Fund (SECF) is a project of the Social Equity Funders, a group of local philanthropic organizations and individuals working together to contribute to the improved economic, social, and physical well being of San Diego County residents.

“The long-term prosperity of our region depends largely upon whether all San Diegans have equitable opportunities to improve their quality of life,” said SECF Steering Committee member and Satterberg Foundation Trustee Frank Helsell. “Without coordinated efforts to correct disparities like access to education, career advancement, infrastructure, and civic leadership and representation in San Diego neighborhoods, the overall well being of everyone who lives here will suffer.”

The inaugural round of grants from the Social Equity Collaborative Fund went to three local nonprofit collaborations that bring together public and private entities to make progress on these critical challenges:

“The national conversations about social and racial equity are building momentum around this issue,” said Ian Gordon, director of the San Diego Youth Development Office. “It’s exciting to have this funding opportunity because support for collaborative action is critical to achieve systemic change.”

The Social Equity Collaborative Fund was established by a three-year, $1,050,000 grant from Satterberg Foundation, a member of the Social Equity Funders collaboration. This pooled fund and funder collaboration are both facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers, though grant award decisions are made by an independent steering committee comprised of Social Equity Funders members and subject matter experts. Recipients of the first grants were selected by invitation in order to quickly deploy resources into the community. An open application process for the next grant cycle will be announced in Summer 2016.

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) 501(c)3 association for organizations and individuals that give strategically and significantly to multiple nonprofits each year. Our membership includes more than 110 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities, government funders, philanthropy advisors, and individual philanthropists. By providing opportunities for learning, collaboration, and advocacy, we increase the impact of our members’ charitable giving and its ultimate benefits to society.


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