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Grants for Nonprofits

Since 1981, we have awarded more than $130 million in grants to nonprofits across the globe.

San Diego Grant Designation Breakdown

60% of grants are designated from our Donor Advised Funds. Another 8% are endowment fund distributions from organizations that have funds with us. 32% are other Strategic Grantmaking Initiatives.

We also award grants through our strategic grantmaking initiatives. We pride ourselves on following best practices in the philanthropic sector.

RSF Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives

Through grants and programs, we use strategic investments for addressing unmet or emerging community needs. As we grow and look to the future of San Diego County, we continue to envision and implement ways to build community in our region. The Community Impact Fund, The Patriots Connection and the RSF Women’s Fund are significant ways that the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation connects people and nonprofits to strengthen our communities.

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The Patriots Connection

Seeking to expand nonprofits’ capacity to serve active military and veterans.

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Community Impact Fund

Donors give collectively to make the most impact on community needs.

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RSF Women’s Fund

Significant impact made through the power of women giving together.

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Grants from TPC: Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is committed to honoring and supporting members of the San Diego military community for their service to our nation. Organizations of Distinction are eligible to participate in the annual TPC grant cycle. The TPC grant cycle details can be found here.

Grants from Community Impact Fund: These grants are recommended by RSFF’s Grants and Projects committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Applications are by invitation only. Learn more about the Community Impact Fund.

Grants from RSF Women’s Fund: The RSF Women’s Fund raises charitable funds from its members and awards grants annually to nonprofits meeting needs in specific focus areas. Annual focus areas and application guidelines are released late summer/early fall and can be found on their website. Learn more about the RSF Women’s Fund.

Grants from Philanthropists

RSF Foundation has more than 125 funds advised by individual philanthropists. These funds do not accept unsolicited requests. Grants are made at the suggestion of the fund advisor, with final approval given by the Foundation’s board of directors.

Targeted San Diego Grantmaking

In order to be the most effective, RSF Foundation’s grantmaking is highly targeted. With limited discretionary resources available to us, we choose a few projects each year that vary in strategy, size, and scope.

Don’t see an opportunity that fits?

If your organization works in San Diego County but is not eligible at this time, we still want to be part of your network. While we understand financial support is extremely important, RSF Foundation strengthens nonprofits in a variety of ways.

Non-Endowment Fund

Non-Endowment Fund

Do you have funds sitting in a checking, savings, money market, or other low-return account? These funds could be transferred to a non-endowment fund at RSF Foundation.

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Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund

Establish an endowed fund at RSF Foundation and protect the future of your nonprofit.

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Community Room

Let us host your next meeting or small gathering in our Community Room. Our room is available to rent for a discounted nonprofit rate.

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We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sexual preference or national origin. Applicants must hold similar standards. Competitive grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.

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The professional staff at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation provides options for your charitable giving and shares their extensive knowledge of nonprofits doing the best work in your areas of interest in San Diego County and beyond.

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