The San Diego Women’s Foundation Releases Grant Guidelines: Community Leadership Development

On Monday, July 7th, The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) released its 2015 grant guidelines.  The funding priority for the 2015-16 grants cycle is for innovative programs that identify and develop leaders from within underserved communities in the San Diego region. SDWF is particularly interested in programs that encourage long-term individual and/or community change, increasing empowerment and civic engagement. 


The guidelines, which are accessible online atwww.sdwomensfoundation.org, inform interested nonprofit organizations about the grants process, including submission of a Letter of Inquiry due August 27, 2014.  In addition, The Foundation will host a Grant Seekers’ Forum on July 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 92106.  Now in its 15th year of operation, The San Diego Women’s Foundation members collectively pool their philanthropic dollars to make grants generating significant and sustainable impact in the San Diego region.

The San Diego Women’s Foundation’s conducts a multi-stage grantsmaking process.  The first step is submitting a Letter of Inquiry.  Following member review, several organizations will be invited to submit full proposals.   

“There is research to indicate that leaders who emerge from within their own communities have the greatest effect on their fellow citizens,” said Leigh Hartman, president of The San Diego Women’s Foundation.  “Leadership development empowers individuals to initiate change and create solutions that transform communities.”


She added, “Because of our collective strength, we have granted more than $2.7 million to 71 impactful nonprofit programs.  What we have achieved as a group would have been unthinkable to do alone.”


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