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Our vibrant and diverse membership includes more than 150 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, public charities, government funders, impact investors, philanthropy advisors, and individual donors who fund or invest in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Why Join Catalyst?

Learn and connect with social impact leaders across the region and state

Build your professional network and save time and missteps by learning what works and what doesn’t from each other.

Collaborate on action for increased impact

Amplify your impact through pooled and collaborative action facilitated by Catalyst across issue areas and funder types.

Stay on top of the latest news and information

Save time keeping up with all you need to know in the field by leveraging Catalyst communications, bringing you distilled and most-relevant information for your work

Grow your advocacy voice

Delve deeper in changing racist policy and unjust systems through policy and advocacy, including attending days at the State Capitol or Foundations on the Hill with us annually.

Access on demand expertise and trusted guidance

Leverage the Catalyst staff as your personal go-to for funding and philanthropy questions big and small. We’re here for you, when you need us. (And we won’t bother you when you don’t!)

Leverage exclusive member perks

Enjoy a host of discounts and perks that come alongside membership including free access to most Catalyst events, early registration for sell-out activities, and discounts across a number of social impact activities and publications.

Member Dues & Types

Full membership benefits extend to all staff, trustees, donors, and members of the dues-paying organization. This category is the best fit for:

  • Community Foundations
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Grantmaking Public Charities
  • Family Philanthropy
  • Independent Foundations
  • Donor Advised Fund Holders
  • Giving Circles
Granted Last Calendar YearAnnual Dues
$1,000,000 - $2,999,999$7,500
$500,000 - $999,999$3,750
$250,000 - $499,999$1,500
$100,000 - $249,999$750
Less than $100,000$525

Our impact investing membership provides three pathways for engagement. Find which one fits you best below:

San Diego Impact Investors Network (SDIIN) Membership

Individuals interested in impact investing (no investments need to be made) who seek access to Catalyst impact investing networking opportunities and Slack channel only.

$100/annual or $80/Auto renew
SDIIN Catalyst Individual Membership

Individual who has or intends to make an impact investment of at least $10,000 in next 12 months and wants to access all Catalyst impact investing learning, events, and benefits.

Includes a one-year provisional full Catalyst membership for individuals investing less than $2,000/year.

SDIIN Catalyst Organizational Membership

Organization who has or intends to make an impact investment of at least $10,000 in next 12 months and wants to access all Catalyst impact investing learning, events, and benefits extended to all of its full-time employees.

Includes a one-year provisional full Catalyst membership for organizations investing less than $2,000/year.


Enterprises rooted in our local community by mission, invested capital, or relationships that do not otherwise fit our funding criteria for grantmaking and impact investing organizations. Examples in San Diego include: EDCs, chambers of commerce, airports.

Granted Last Calendar YearAnnual Dues
$25 - $449k$500
$500 - $999k$1,000
$1Million - $2,999,9999$3,000
$3Million - $5Million$7,000
$5Million - $10M$10,000

Regional, statewide, or national government funders of all sizes can leverage one flat membership fee.


Philanthropy Advisor membership is open to individual advisors/consultants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Currently engaged on a paid basis for programmatic, management, governance, &/or strategy consulting to philanthropic organizations/individuals that meet the eligibility criteria for Catalyst membership
  2. Able to provide at least three references from eligible grantmakers for paid engagements within past three years. If unable to provide three references due to fewer long-term engagements, provide an explanation of the circumstances

Full Catalyst membership benefits extend to one person and are non-transferable.

Dues: $1,000

Reciprocal membership is offered to our peer philanthropy serving organizations with complementary missions.


Trustees from foundations and other funding institutions outside of California may receive one year of complimentary membership to Catalyst.

Collaborative Action
Catalyst has the capacity and potential to truly lead collaborative funding and cross sector change in our region.

Karen HenkenProfessor of Practice and Institutional Relations at the Kroc School, University of San Diego

I can't overstate how much I value, enjoy and benefit from SDG membership. Such wonderful, meaningful opportunities for connection and learning - I benefit personally, as does our organization as a whole.

Katie SawyerThe San Diego Foundation

It's been really helpful to meet others who have created similar corporate giving programs, and learn from them how they've structured the programs.

Sterling BaxManager, Corporate Giving, ResMed

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