In 2016, San Diego Grantmakers is hosting a 40th Anniversary Celebration as well as The Equity Event in lieu of an Annual Conference. The next Conference will take place in early 2017, enabling us to avoid overlap with the busy fall conference season and expand the reach of our premier event to more philanthropists.

SDG 2015 Annual Conference


Thank you to everyone who came and supported the 2015 Annual Conference. View the conference and pre-conference photos. Presentations and other session resources are available on the Conference Schedule page.

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Nearly 100 of San Diego’s most engaged foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, giving circles, government grantmakers, and individual donors attended the San Diego Grantmakers 2015 Annual Conference to explore ways of “Turning the Tide” on some of our region’s most intractable issues. The conference pressed the philanthropic sector to act with a sense of urgency, even if it means taking some calculated risks with their funding.

Who Came

See a list of conference attendees.

What We Explored

  • Risky business. Local, regional, and national movers and shakers talked about their risk taking and how failure was a critical part of achieving great success.
  • Urgency. We were inspired to take risks and embrace and learn from failure when addressing the urgent needs facing our generations. In order to get results, we need to do things a little differently.
  • New partnerships. Grantmakers forged new and stronger relationships with their peers on cutting edge issues like impact investing, collective collaboration, civic engagement, women and girls, education, and equity and inclusion in San Diego.

Scripps Seaside ForumVenue

The Scripps Seaside Forum offers a tasteful blend of function and style that celebrates Southern California's unrivaled coastal environment. With an unparalleled waterfront location, modern facilities, and award-winning architecture, this stunning venue offers the ideal setting for grantmakers to contemplate how to turn the tide on the issues they care about.

Planning Team

Planning for the SDG 2015 Annual Conference was completed with expert guidance from this year's Program Committee, chaired by Valerie Jacobs of Jacobs Family Foundation, and Honorary Co-chairs:
Marjory Kaplan
Interim President and CEO

Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Kathlyn Mead
President and CEO

The San Diego Foundation
Christy Wilson
Executive Director

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Past Annual Conference Information

To view information and materials from past SDG Annual Conferences, please visit the Past Programs page of our website.

The San Diego Grantmakers Annual Conference is 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 giving programs, giving circles, donor-advised funds, grantmaking public charities, government funders, as well as individual donors. You must be a grantmaker in order to attend the SDG Annual Conference.