SDG 2015 Annual Conference

8:00AM-3:30PM. Reception to follow.

BIG PROBLEMS require big solutions. BIG SOLUTIONS require taking big risks. BIG RISKS will result in some game-changing outcomes (and some failures). Failure is always an opportunity to learn and try again, so let’s be sure to fail forward.

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Pre-conference Reception

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Imagine what you would do if you knew you could not fail. Would you try new things? Take greater risks? The reality is that in every new undertaking, there is a risk of failure. It is the fear of failure that limits potential success.

This year we invite you to an invigorating conference that will focus on how we can individually, collectively, and institutionally move the needle on inequality and other critical issues by accepting the possibility of failure and allowing for greater innovation.

What We’ll Explore

  • Risky business. Hear firsthand from local, regional, and national movers and shakers about their risk taking and how failure was a critical part of achieving great success.
  • Urgency. Be 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. Forge new and stronger relationships with your grantmaker 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.


SDG Members: $175 Early Bird / $200 after September 11
Non-members: $275 Early Bird / $300 after September 11

Planning Team

Planning for the SDG 2015 Annual Conference is underway 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


Our sincere gratitude to the individuals and organizations whose support makes the conference possible. To become a sponsor, download the conference sponsorship form.

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.