How can San Diego Businesses leverage #PowerForGood?

In our last blog post, we shared some of the context around power as the theme for our 2019 Annual Conference on June 4. Power is a concept we tend to shrink away from, but this year we are tackling the topic head on with frank, insightful, and uplifting conversations. We will challenge ourselves to reimagine the power of the social sector – including corporate initiatives and giving programs – as we strive to effectively engage our communities and co-create solutions for the future.

Today we’re profiling our leading conference sponsors – all three of which serve as standout corporate leaders working for the social good in San Diego and Imperial Counties. So how can San Diego businesses leverage #PowerForGood? Get some inspiration below – and make sure to register now for the SDG 2019 Annual Conference: The Power in Philanthropy.

Sempra Energy

Sempra Energy connects more than 40 million customers worldwide with the energy needed to power their lives. With a vision to deliver energy with purpose and mission to be the premier energy infrastructure company in North America, Sempra Energy is firmly committed to improving the lives of the communities it serves. The company formed the Sempra Energy Foundation to invest in creative and innovative ideas through community-based grantmaking to advance causes, encourage collaboration and support employee volunteerism. Sempra companies and the Sempra Energy Foundation have contributed more than $260 million to charitable causes in the last 20 years, including $23.9 million in 2018.

This spirit of community involvement is championed at all levels of the organization, as demonstrated by the 80,000 volunteer hours logged by employees in 2018 and the $8.7 million in payroll deductions employees contributed to charitable causes in the last five years. Sempra Energy knows having a positive impact on the community is central to business success.

Learn more about our Champion Sponsor Sempra Energy here.

Bank of America

Through its corporate giving, strategic focus areas, and volunteer programs, Bank of America works to build thriving communities in San Diego and around the country. These efforts include advancing economic mobility through workforce development and education, community development, and basic needs. As a financial institution, Bank of America’s community engagement has a two-fold focus:  addressing immediate needs and funding innovative longer term solutions for economic self-sufficiency. One economic mobility effort particularly impactful in the San Diego region has been the Veteran Entrepreneur Lending Program, connecting military veteran business owners with affordable capital to help kick-start and grow their businesses.

Employee engagement in communities where Bank of America operates is another core component. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Matching Gifts program offers a way to double – up to $5,000 per person each year – employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations. And, both current employees and retirees who contribute time and service to local nonprofits are further encouraged through the Volunteer Grants Program, which awards mini-grants up to $500 to these organizations.

To learn more about our Benefactor Sponsor Bank of America, click here.


Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. The philanthropic endeavors of Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Foundation develop and strengthen communities worldwide. They invest their human and financial resources in inspirational, innovative programs that serve diverse populations, and focus their philanthropy primarily in geographic regions where they have a business presence.

Read more about our Benefactor Sponsor Qualcomm here.