The Inspire & Enable Awards honor local philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and government agencies that inspire San Diegans and enable community solutions to improve our region.

Awards are given annually by San Diego Foundation to partners who create extraordinary impact throughout San Diego County.

Who is eligible to receive this award?
This award recognizes community philanthropists who have made significant contributions to the people and partners of our region.
SDF will recognize an individual or couple whose charitable goals inspire the work of our local nonprofit community.
Nominees must be San Diego Foundation fundholders.
Awardees will receive the opportunity to direct a grant of $5,000 to a nonprofit of their choice.

Nominees should exemplify the following San Diego Foundation values:
  • All People: Act with integrity and respect for one another and the communities we serve.
  • All Partners: Engage diverse perspectives to foster collaboration and innovative solutions.
  • Our Region: Strive for an inclusive community where everyone has equitable access to opportunity.
Who can submit a nomination?
To submit a nomination, you must be a current member of the San Diego Foundation:
  • Staff
  • Board of Governors
  • Black Community Investment Fund Advisory Council
  • Early Childhood Initiative Grant Review Committee
  • Opening the Outdoors Grant Review Committee
  • Planning Council
Nominations are open through Friday, July 15, 2022.

Current SDF employees are ineligible to be nominated. Late entries will not be considered.

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