Nancy Jamison served as President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers (SDG, now Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties) from 2005 to 2019. Under her leadership, SDG grew as a network of foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, government funders, giving circles, and impact investors. In her role, Nancy gained unique insights into philanthropic and nonprofit practices while becoming increasingly aware of and committed to the need for philanthropy to reckon with inequality and racism.
Nancy led SDG to develop an equity-centered strategic framework with an initial focus on racial and gender justice; shifted internal culture and practices; and evolved member educational offerings and collaborations. In 2020, in recognition of the action-oriented network that had blossomed under her leadership, SDG became Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
While Nancy’s accomplishments are easily codified, equally important is the manner by which she traversed this challenging landscape. Authenticity, grace, and steadfastness are hallmarks of Nancy’s leadership. She was open as she learned how long-standing philanthropic decision-making processes unintentionally supported inequality. With vulnerability she shared her own struggle and emotion in committing to this work, and by doing so encouraged others to join her. As a result, she made great strides in moving our sector towards a commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion. In 2019, Nancy had recently launched a consulting practice to continue to move the sector on a national scale when she was diagnosed with cancer. A group of former Catalyst Board members have come together to find a way to continue her vision and advance the important work she began.
The Fund will support philanthropists, nonprofits, and coalitions actively creating positive social change by funding a wide array of resources to advance social justice and racial equity, including: learning opportunities, mentorships, consultants, facilitators, as well as strategic development efforts including conferences, program design, board and organizational diversification work, and experiential learning opportunities.
Donate above or mail donations (please make checks out to San Diego Grantmakers) to:
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Nancy Jamison Fund for Social Justice
5060 Shoreham Place
San Diego, CA 92122
Tax ID: 33-0868261
To support transformational learning opportunities for philanthropic, nonprofit, and social sector leaders working to advance social justice and equity in San Diego County.
- Focus on equity and social justice
- Build trusting relationships
- Create enduring partnerships
- Engage with curiosity
- Champion creativity and courage
- Foster continuous Learning
Work to address structural racism requires attention to doing business in new ways and with new people, while honoring past work. This includes investing funds with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) led/owned organizations, involving people who might not normally serve in the role of grantmakers, and focusing on the involvement and support of diverse populations.
To gain and honor diverse perspectives, The Nancy Jamison Fund for Social Justice will recruit local community members to serve on a grant committee. The committee will work with Nancy’s family in making funding decisions aligned with the Fund’s values of equity and inclusion.
The Nancy Jamison Fund for Social Justice is launching at Catalyst, where Nancy’s social justice journey began. The Leadership Team will work in the first year to identify options to engage a BIPOC-led investment firm or financial professional who is a person of color to manage the funds. This ensures that the money does “double duty” by investing in professional opportunities and business growth of the BIPOC community.
The first grants will include funding to organizations identified by Nancy and her family. A process that includes a financial formula to sustain the fund while providing a framework that is relevant and able to accommodate emerging needs will be created.