2-1-1 San Diegos mission is to help people by connecting them efficiently to services and provide vital data and trend information for proactive community planning.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFPSD) is dedicated to educating and advancing the careers of those involved in the evolving field of development. The Chapter promotes ethical standards, provides a network for members, lists local, regional and national employment opportunities and offers a pool for consultant services.

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Learning Institute  in collaboration with SDNA: San Diego Nonprofit Association and Balboa Park Online Collaborative share “insider knowledge” on the keys to amplifying awareness and engagement via media and PR. Speakers from KPBS, Voice of San Diego and San Diego Business Journal give  tips to on how to engage your organization with media and the importance of building strategic partnerships with media outlets. Learning Exchange: Amplifying Awareness and Engagement via Media & PR

Board Source  is a renowned for advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service, to further the critical role that boards play in overseeing their organizations’ mission, finance, and strategic direction and magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. 

County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego vision is to improve the health, safety and well-being of all County residents through collective efforts. Live Well San Diego Indicators capture the collective impact of programs, services, and interventions using evidence-based practices over the long term to create a County of San Diego where all residents are healthy, safe and thriving.

Nonprofit Management Solutions  provides management training, consulting, information and technology resources to nonprofits in San Diego. NMS’s Resource Library includes  the Foundation Center’s online Foundation Directory. The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization connecting nonprofits and grantmakers  to valuable tools and trusted information.

Nonprofit Job Board For the job seeker looking for nonprofit jobs in San Diego.

The San Diego Futures Foundation makes information technology available to underserved populations by providing technology equipment, training, support, IT outsourcing, and digital media services to nonprofit organizations, disadvantaged small businesses, low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors.

The San Diego Foundation Local Resources: Click on “Grantseekers”, then “Local Resources”  The San Diego Foundation is one of the nation’s leading community foundations, dedicated to improving San Diegans’ quality of life by creating equity and ensuring opportunities to be WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live & Learn).

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is a not-for-profit membership association that helps philanthropic organizations and individuals “do good” even better through their Mission to connect, educate, develop and inspire organized philanthropy to be more effective individually and collectively.

The The Real Cost Project, an initiative of Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers to increase the number of grantmakers committed to funding all aspects of a nonprofit’s operations.

USD: University of San Diego’s Caster Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research has published important research about San Diego’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  USD’s Nonprofit Best Practice Library consists of exemplary projects completed by USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management  graduate students  to develop  policy, planning, research, and fundraising documents for nonprofit organizations and programs, Annual State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Report and Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium.

National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy has partnered with The San Diego Foundation to advance a certificate program that serves the region’s many nonprofit organizations through specialized training.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) San Diego is volunteer-driven membership organization that connects and develops young nonprofit leaders to leverage our collective strengths.  YNPN San Diego’s activities focus on attracting talented people to the sector, helping young nonprofit professionals connect with their peers, providing programs that help develop current and emerging nonprofit leaders, and advocating for the interests of young nonprofit professionals.


How to Start A California Nonprofit – A Step-by-step Guide The California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide alliance of nonprofits that works to bring the full power of California’s nonprofits together. Legislation Tracker the list of bills currently under consideration that affect nonprofits, who supports or opposes them, and their status. Nonprofit Overhead Project Great Resources for Nonprofits!

Additional resources to help end “The Overhead Myth—the false conception that financial ratios are the sole indicator of nonprofit performance, from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator.

State of California, Office of the Attorney General: Charities  The California State Attorney General regulates charities and the professional fundraisers who solicit on their behalf and contains links to a number of useful charity research, resources and Forms.

Volunteer Opportunities 

HandsOnSanDiego and VolunteerMatch bring good people & good causes together. Find a cause that lights you up. Get in touch with a nonprofit that needs you.

Volunteer Administrators Network provides professional development to San Diego County’s Volunteer Administrators in the form of trainings, monthly roundtable discussions on relevant volunteer management topics, and networking opportunities. Through these efforts, VAN helps organizations achieve maximum potential in meaningful volunteer engagement.