Social Equity Collaborative Fund | About

See the 2017 Social Equity Collaborative Fund grantee announcement press release.

The Social Equity Collaborative Fund (SECF) is a pooled grantmaking fund facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers that supports collaborative grassroots efforts to improve the economic, social, and physical well being of San Diego County residents. Grants from the Fund are intended to support organizations and projects that increase the connectivity of equity work in San Diego County, such as access to education, public benefits, and civic leadership opportunities; career development; criminal justice reform; workplace rights; and adequate infrastructure, transportation, and housing options.

SECF was established through a $1,050,000 grant from the Satterberg Foundation as a project of the Social Equity Funders (SEF) collaboration. Information about past and future grants from this fund is available on the Social Equity Funders page. This pooled fund and funder collaboration are both facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers, though grant award decisions are made by an independent SECF Steering Committee comprised of SEF members and subject matter experts, and which is organized to be routinely evaluated to ensure appropriate representation of grantmaking experience and equity perspectives.

Social Equity Collaborative Fund Key Values

Grant award decisions are made by an independent steering committee comprised of SEF members and subject matter experts, and which is organized to be routinely evaluated to ensure appropriate representation of grantmaking experience and equity perspectives. In this grant cycle, the steering committee anticipates distributing up to $700,000 in multi-year, general operating support grants that align with these key values:

  • Racial justice and economic justice
  • Resident leadership through community power-building
  • Collaboration, trust-building, shared learning, and cross-cultural healing and understanding by all stakeholders
  • Innovation in methods and strategies
  • A productive learning process may include failure and risk-taking
  • Honesty, openness, and trust among partners
  • Accountability not just to a grant report, but to partners and the community served
  • Collaboration that reflects an awareness of interconnectedness in a broader movement
  • A commitment to structural and systemic change

Through its grant-making, the Social Equity Collaborative Fund seeks to:

1. Support grassroots organizations led by people of color and engaged in “bottom-up strategies” developed and implemented by the people directly affected by climate injustice

2. Encourage authentic collaboration and build the community’s overall capacity for collaboration, understanding that “collaboration” may appear differently in various settings

3. Provide adequate resources for effective collaboration, considering recognizing both the amount of time needed to engage in authentic collaboration and the resources needed to do so

4. Create the conditions that will nurture collaboration that reflects an awareness of interconnectedness to a broader, local racial and climate justice movement in San Diego County

5. Commit to a funding and grant process that respects individuals’ and organizations’ time and resources and eases rather than increases the burden they bear to serve the community

6. Dismantle structural racism in the region