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Does Catalyst give grants?

Catalyst helps facilitate local grantmaking through pooled grantmaking funds and we proudly manage grantmaking across our member’s issue-driven collaboratives and for organizations that partner with us on customized grantmaking support.

Is Catalyst a foundation?

No. Catalyst is a nonprofit organization that works with funders of all types – including community foundations, private foundations, family foundations, public charities, giving circles, impact investors, government grantmakers, and more – and our work is driven collectively vs. through any single foundation.

What does Catalyst do?

Catalyst is a 501(c)3 membership association of organizations and individuals that give strategically and significantly to multiple nonprofits each year. To date, Catalyst’s membership includes more than 150 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities and government funders as well as individual impact investors.

Where can I find a list of your members/foundations in San Diego?

We do not share our members’ contact information with the public. For a list of member organizations, please visit this page.

I am starting a nonprofit or am seeking funding for my current nonprofit. Where do I find information and funding?

Local resources

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFPSD)
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions
  • The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego

State & National resources

  • The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
  • The Foundation Center
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Do you have a common grant application?

The San Diego Common Grant Application (CGA) was designed to help make the grantseeking process simpler and more efficient by allowing nonprofits to complete one application that may be submitted to multiple funders. Common grant applications have become standard practice among grantmakers and regional associations across the country and many local nonprofits have used the structure as a template to submit to organizations seeking general requests for proposals (RFPs).

With feedback from grantseekers and grantmakers alike, we designed the San Diego Common Grant Application to be as comprehensive as possible. Be sure to research the individual foundations listed below that use the CGA before you fill it out and submit it — each has different guidelines and funding priorities. Any funder that has agreed to accept this form may request additional information at any stage in the proposal process.

NOTE: You must submit your completed CGA directly to the organization to which you are applying for funding. Do not submit your CGA to San Diego Grantmakers; we do not provide funding nor can we forward CGAs.

Download the Common Grant Application

Organizations that accept the San Diego Common Grant Application:

  • Boys and Girls Foundation
  • McCarthy Family Foundation
  • Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation

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