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Founded
2002
Size
Large
Protecting and enhancing the River's valuable natural, recreational and cultural resources
Founded in 2001, The San Diego River Park Foundation is a community-based grassroots non-profit organization. We rely upon donations and support from the community for our general operations as well as grants, both public and private. Our vision is to protect and enhance the River's valuable natural and cultural resources and encourage communities to embrace this legacy and to celebrate it with the creation of a river-long park system. The San Diego River Park will offer a variety of opportunities reflecting the communities in which the river is travelling through. It will be a unified system of parks, trails and open space. In some places there will be community plazas, public art and educational facilities and in some a more outdoor-focused experience for trail users and even wilderness opportunities.
Founded
1995
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Medium
Bringing hope. Changing lives.
HOPE worldwide's vision is to bring hope and change lives. We are a faith-based international charity that serves the poor and needy through sustainable, high-impact, community-based services on a non-sectarian basis. With a global pool of committed staff and volunteers, HOPE worldwide annually serves more than a million needy people on all six inhabited continents. We treat the sick, feed the hungry, house the homeless, comfort the downcast, educate the poor and provide loving homes for the abandoned. Our work is produced by faith, prompted by love and inspired by hope.
Founded
1973
Size
Tiny
Reducing burn injuries and deaths
The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute's first accomplishments was to help establish the UCSD Regional Burn Center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to: reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education and conduct burn survivor support programs that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries.
Founded
1974
Size
Small
Enhancing and sustaining the health and well-being of the LGBT and HIV communities
Founded in 1973, the mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support their cultural diversity. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV.
Founded
1975
Size
Giant
Revealing the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world
Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of 'art of the people' (mingei) from all cultures of the world. This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects a joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit. The Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily life by unknown craftsmen of ancient times; from traditional cultures of past and present; and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum's collection now comprises 25,000 objects of folk art, craft and design from 190 countries.
Founded
1984
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Medium
Share the Power of a Wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Children who have been determined to have a life threatening medical condition qualify for our wish program. Since its founding in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego has granted the wishes of over 2,800 children.
Founded
1985
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Small
Environmental Solutions to Humanitarian Problems
Plant With Purpose (formerly known as Floresta USA) is a Christian organization which reverses deforestation and poverty in the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Plant With Purpose and its Dominican sister organization, Floresta Incorporada, were founded in 1984 out of a new vision for economic development that would be sustainable and benefit the environment. Plant With Purpose sought to make lasting change through development that restored productivity to degraded land and dignity to the rural poor, while providing opportunities for upcoming generations. Currently there are over 17,132 families who are benefiting from Plant With Purpose's program in Haiti, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Burundi, and Tanzania through training in sustainable agriculture, reforestation, community-based microfinance, spiritual renewal, capacity building, and marketing assistance.
Founded
1986
Size
Giant
Supporting Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital Foundation was founded in 1985 with the goal of consolidating, coordinating and enhancing the fundraising efforts of Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. The Foundation is also responsible for increasing community awareness of Rady Children's through various media and for promoting the hospital's strategic priorities. Our mission is to be responsible for developing, accepting and recognizing philanthropy in support of Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and its subsidiary corporations. Rady Children's is San Diego region's only designated pediatric trauma center and the only area hospital dedicated solely to pediatric care. Our goal is to help create a region where all children go to school healthy and ready to learn how to be productive, responsible citizens.
Founded
1995
Size
Tiny
Reading together unites families
The mission of United Through Reading is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.In 200 locations worldwide on land and at sea, United Through Reading offers military service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading books to their children at home. When faraway parents read stories to their children and send the video recordings home:- Children's anxieties are eased. - Spouses at home are supported.- Parenting is shared. - Service members' morale is boosted.- Service members' are a part of daily life at home. - Homecomings are easier and more joyful. - Children become readers.
Founded
1994
Size
Tiny
Helping our neighbors in need break the cycle of homelessness and poverty
Founded in 1992, The mission of St. Vincent de Paul Village is to prevent and end homelessness one life at a time. On any given night, almost 850 adults and children who are homeless sleep safely at the Village and then engage in community programs designed to end their homelessness as quickly as possible. The services provided by the agency are housing, supportive services, permanent supportive housing, and community lunch line.
Founded
1995
Size
Giant
Helping people in need
Father Joe's Villages is a multi-city homeless rehabilitation organization dedicated to addressing the immediate and ongoing needs of underprivileged children, families and individuals who, for various reasons, have found themselves without basic life necessities. Father Joe's Villages has developed a comprehensive array of programs clients can access to regain their self-sufficiency, including short- and long-term residential accommodations, job-training classes, counseling and chemical-dependency services as well as a full-service medical and dental clinic. Programs include: St. Vincent de Paul Village, Martha's Village & Kitchen, Toussaint Youth Villages, Josue Homes and the National AIDS Foundation, and Padre Luis Jayme International Outreach.
Founded
1995
Size
Tiny
Promotes Stewardship of Clean Water and a Healthy Coastal Ecosystem
San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County. Originally founded in 1995 as San Diego Baykeeper, we use science, education and advocacy to empower thousands of San Diegans to be stewards of clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem. We encourage the community to help us find water pollution and waste, so we can help fix the problem as soon as possible. We are a team of biologists, activists and lawyers working together and with the community to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable water in San Diego County.
Founded
1999
Size
Small
A research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all.
The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice. CPI works to promote higher living standards for poor and moderate-income people through research, policy development, public education, and effective advocacy.
Founded
2000
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Medium
Young live transformed through science
Ocean Discovery Institute empowers urban and diverse young people to protect our ocean and natural environment, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen our quality of life. Founded in 1999, we were created to leverage San Diego's natural environments as a means to engage young people from underserved communities and inspire them to become part of the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders. We spearhead a series of initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Currently these initiatives reach 5,000+ low-income students and community members each year. All of our programming is provided tuition-free.
Founded
1941
Size
Large
Doing a World of Good. Making a World of Difference.
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and to enhancing the well being of Jews in San Diego, Israel, and throughout the world. Guided by Jewish values, the United Jewish Federation is committed to: plan and implement philanthropic initiatives in order to maximize support for the local and global Jewish communities; provide effective and visionary community-wide planning and coordination; strengthen individual Jewish identity, personal meaning and belonging through involvement in a diverse San Diego Jewish community; and to promote deep, enduring ties between San Diego and the national and global Jewish communities, especially the land, people and State of Israel.
Founded
1952
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Giant
Preserving, strengthening, and advancing American theatre
The mission of The Old Globe is to preserve, strengthen, and advance American theatre by creating theatrical experiences of the highest professional standards; producing and presenting works of exceptional merit designed to reach current and future audiences; ensuring diversity and balance in programming; and providing an environment for the growth and education of theatre professionals, audiences, and the community at large.San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works. Numerous world premieres developed at the Globe have enjoyed highly successful runs on Broadway and at other theatres, including 2014 Tony Award winner A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, BRIGHT STAR, ALLEGIANCE, THE FULL MONTY, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Founded
1925
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Giant
It's happening at theNAT
The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. The Museum is the oldest scientific institution in southern California and the third oldest west of the Mississippi. The Museum's mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; promote an understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.Approximately 450,000 individuals enjoy the Museum and its programs each year, including 160,000 pre-schoolers through seniors who participate in environmental science education activities.In addition to award-winning exhibitions about the natural world, the Museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias serves as the region's "biodiversity hub" of specimens, research and data informing natural resource management.
Founded
1970
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Giant
Moving Forward Together
Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families working to build better lives. Operating throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley, the agency's integrated services are focused around three goals: Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and Foster Community Connection & Engagement. Many people first turn to Jewish Family Service with a specific need, such as job coaching or transportation, and that first contact often leads to a wide range of services, including counseling, education, nutritious meals, social connection, and more. For the ninth consecutive year, JFS has earned a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator that highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities. To get help, volunteer, or to learn how JFS empowers change in our community, visit www.jfssd.org.
Founded
1947
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Giant
Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts USA is the world's premiere leadership organization for girls. It provides an accepting, nurturing environment where girls can develop leadership skills, cultivate lifelong friendships, serve their communities and grow through new and exciting experiences. The area's first Girl Scout troop was founded in Coronado in 1917. Now Girl Scouts San Diego provides activities and events for 31,000 girl and nearly 13,000 adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains seven camps and program facilities.
Founded
1942
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Giant
Our driving vision: We will lead the fight against extinction!
Founded in 1916, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research. SDZG is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision: to lead the fight against extinction!The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. The Institute, the world's largest zoo-based conservation research division, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. Through our science and curatorial efforts, we have reintroduced many species back to their native rangelands. The education programs at the Zoo and Park reach more than 425,000 school children every year.
Founded
1957
Size
Large
Transforming lives together
Founded in 1908, YWCA of San Diego County empowers women, men, and children to break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness, and achieve self-sufficiency. Through Becky's House®, Rapid Re-Housing, Passages, and Cortez Hill Family Center, YWCA serves more than 8,400 individuals annually. Our transformational programs include safe housing, a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, case management, therapeutic counseling, legal support, employment development, housing assistance, financial literacy training, and children's and youth services. We are committed to helping individuals and families recover from trauma, improve their economic status, find permanent housing, and ultimately transform their lives.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Inspiring and engaging the community to end animal suffering
The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals, prevent cruelty to animals and provide education to enhance the human-animal bond. Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals and for owned animals through public training classes, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, providing adult and youth education programs, sharing animals through Pet-Assisted Therapy and rescuing animals in emergency situations.
Founded
1935
Size
Giant
Balboa Park's largest art collection
Opened in 1926, the historic San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for 350,000 visitors annually. Located in Balboa Park, the Museum's nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs. SDMA's education department serves children, adults, educators, and families through educational and interpretive programs and performances in the Museum's galleries, classrooms, and auditorium, and through outreach programs in the community.
Founded
1958
Size
Large
It's about people
The San Diego Museum of Man is a cultural and physical anthropology museum. We collect, preserve, interpret, and communicate evidence of human development, creativity, and artistic expression. The exhibitions of the world-renowned Museum of Man are a major resource for the San Diego community. Permanent exhibits explore the Maya, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, Human Evolution, and the Human Life Cycle. Education is one of the primary functions of the Museum of Man. Through programs which offer engaging and stimulating experiences, the Museum creates a dynamic learning environment for children and adults. We are committed to promoting an understanding of the diverse cultures of the world, human biology, and human ecology through quality education programs.
Founded
1952
Size
Medium
Helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego
San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by San Diego businessman and philanthropist George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Today, the San Diego History Center seeks to tell the diverse story of our region - past, present and future - educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride. SDHC's core programs and services include: exhibitions; educational programs; the operation of a research library; and scholarly publications.
Founded
1949
Size
Giant
The positive place for kids
Our mission is to inspire and enable youth to achieve academic success, build good character and responsible citizenship and make healthy lifestyle choices.
Founded
1957
Size
Large
Extending God's love to the homeless, abused, addicted and poor
The oldest program of its kind in San Diego, the San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors in 1955. Since then, the San Diego Rescue Mission has grown to help thousands of men, women and children get back on their feet. Through valuable programs like one to one counseling, drug recovery and relapse prevention, and continuing education, the San Diego Rescue Mission reaches out to hurting people with real solutions. We provide hope to the helpless by forging the best clinical practices with the transforming love of Jesus Christ to yield powerful life-changing results. Our programs and services include a 12-month holistic rehabilitation program for men, women and their children, and Nueva Vida Haven, an emergency shelter for women and their children.
Founded
1928
Size
Giant
For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility
The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind, and body.Character development is an important part of the YMCA Mission and through all its programs the YMCA works at teaching young people to accept and demonstrate the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility in their daily lives. Believing that environmental awareness is a key component of our character development education, we believe in environmental conservation and education.We accomplish our Mission through programs that will strengthen and enrich family life, build self-esteem and nurture personal growth, teach us to appreciate the world around us (through environment awareness, conservation, and education), develop leadership and strengthen communities, and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Founded
1949
Size
Giant
Musical Excellence Forever
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra is committed to presenting innovative concert programming of superior quality at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center. The Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.On October 29th, 2013, the Symphony made its long-anticipated Carnegie Hall debut, and then continued on to China for its first tour of that nation in the Symphony's 100+ year history. Beginning October 2012, the Symphony undertook an unprecedented two-year experiment in community and cross-cultural music collaboration. The Symphony's "Your Song, Your Story" project concluded in July 2014 with an original multimedia piece incorporating songs, stories and dances contributed by San Diegans of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds. The piece is a celebration of the city's collective experience, and explores unique facets of our residents' heritage.
Founded
1966
Size
Large
Live United
United Way of San Diego County's mission is to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. We support efforts that improve school readiness, early grade literacy and a full Cradle to Career Success Continuum. We support efforts that lead to family stability, resilience and self-sufficiency; including supports around workforce readiness and health. Our work seeks to create and maintain healthy, safe and livable communities for all children and families. United Way has been improving lives by identifying and addressing the root causes of San Diego's most significant community issues for 95 years. We develop localized strategies, harness the resources to implement those strategies, and measure the results. We focus our resources on providing the underpinnings and supports necessary for under-served San Diegan's to become self-sufficient and create better lives.
Founded
1963
Size
Large
Saving lives & building healthy communities
Founded in 1961, Project Concern International's (PCI) mission is to prevent disease, improve community health, and promote sustainable development. Motivated by our concern for the world's most vulnerable children, families, and communities, PCI envisions a world where abundant resources are shared, communities are able to provide for the health and well being of their members, and children and families can achieve lives of hope, good health, and self-sufficiency. PCI works in disadvantaged and isolated communities to bring health and hope to those in greatest need by preventing disease, responding in emergency relief situations, and providing access to clean water, nutritious food, and economic opportunity. PCI reaches 6.7 million people annually with programs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Founded
1968
Size
Giant
Promoting philanthropy
The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego promotes philanthropy through meaningful partnerships with donors and community organizations in achieving charitable goals and increases current and future support for a vibrant and secure Jewish community in San Diego, Israel and around the world. As a primary, trusted and expert resource for philanthropy, the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego will engage, educate and inspire generations of givers throughout the Jewish community. Since its inception in 1967, the Foundation has granted over $1 billion to nonprofits.
Founded
1968
Size
Small
Autism Is Treatable
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. The ARI data bank, the world's largest, contains over 42,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries. ARI publishes the Autism Research Review International, a quarterly newsletter covering biomedical and educational advances in autism research.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
Community. Environment. Education.
I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is a leader in encouraging environmental awareness close to home. Known best for successful beach cleanups, ILACSD spearheads a spectrum of environmental initiatives focusing on: resource conservation, waste reduction, recycling, community enhancement and pollution prevention. Through outreach, community involvement and example, ILACSD leads and educates our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment.
Founded
1972
Size
Medium
Supporting the independence and well-being of seniors
The mission of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego is to support the independence and well being of seniors. Meals-on-Wheels home-delivers two meals a day, for seven days a week (including holidays), and provides modified diets, to seniors, age 60 and older, throughout San Diego County from San Ysidro to Oceanside, Alpine to the Coast, and most areas in between. Meals-on-Wheels is committed to reducing the isolation experienced by so many elderly. Meals are delivered to seniors' homes by volunteers. Frequently the volunteer may be the only person the senior sees all day, providing human contact and a safety net, particularly for those seniors living alone.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
To provide personalized services & information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their home.
ElderHelp is comprised of professionals and community volunteers committed to offering quality social services that help seniors live independently in their own homes. Our mission is to provide personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes. We serve seniors with the fewest resources and the least support. Founded in 1973 as a community-based volunteer organization in the inner city neighborhood of North Park, ElderHelp has grown to become a regional community resource for seniors and their families. Our main office is located in the heart of San Diego.
Founded
1974
Size
Medium
Inspiring, Educating, and Engaging through Photography, Film, and Video
The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video. Founded in 1983, possesses an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. MOPA became one of the first museum facilities in the United States exclusively designed to collect and present the finest examples of photographic art, spanning the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day. The museum's permanent collection offers a rich photographic heritage, both as an expressive medium and a documentary record. The collection's 7,000-plus images include works by Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Stieglitz and Ruth Bernhard, among 850 other photographers.
Founded
1975
Size
Giant
A foundation for your passion
The San Diego Foundation is San Diego's leading resource for information about charitable giving and community needs. We encourage and support meaningful dialogue on issues affecting each of our communities and work with philanthropists to develop creative solutions to meet critical community needs. Since our inception in 1975, The San Diego Foundation has helped public-spirited citizens find ways to address community problems. The funds we manage now number more than 1,050. Through them, our donors support numerous organizations and serve a variety of community needs. Our donors and funds all share a common purpose: to make San Diego a better place in which to live, work and play.
Founded
1976
Size
Tiny
Diverse, provocative theatre that feeds the curious soul
San Diego Repertory Theatre, founded in 1976, produces diverse, provocative theatre that feeds the curious soul. As the resident and managing company of the Lyceum Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre hosts over 300 events and performances a year ranging from brilliant contemporary plays and re-imagined classics.
Founded
1978
Size
Large
The house that love built
Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a 'home away from home' to families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Following treatment protocols and keeping up with bills is hard enough without having to find meals and a place to stay far from home. We help ease these burdens, take care of basic needs, and offer support to families as they cope with serious illness. We just opened a greatly expanded new House where we will serve 15,000 family members each year, up from 3,500 at the old location. We now serve day visitors as well as resident guests with a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind Family Care Center. Our House is open to any family with a child in a local hospital.
Founded
1981
Size
Giant
think play create
The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. The Museum offers opportunities for children of all ages to experience the arts in ways that are meaningful to them, whether it's an energetic romp through the climbing structures, a thoughtful sculpting of a clay figure during a day visit, or recurring participation in camps, workshops and other in-depth programming.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
Creating a Brighter Future for Foster Children
Promises2Kids, originally founded as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation in 1981, is a leading advocate in addressing the issues facing foster children in San Diego County. In the early nineties, the Foundation raised over $12 million to build the A.B. and Jessie Polinksy Children's Center, which is San Diego County's emergency shelter for abused and neglected children and protects over 1,000 children each year. Promises2Kids has since worked diligently and effectively to identify, fund, and implement approaches that meet specific needs of current and former San Diego foster youth. Through its programs and services, Promises2Kids is dedicated to its mission of Creating a Brighter Future for Foster Children. Promises2Kids focuses its resources on its core programs: Guardian Scholars, Camp Connect, the Polinsky Children's Center and Foster Funds.
Founded
1982
Size
Tiny
A voice heard, a child saved
Voices for Children (VFC) transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, monitor every court file in the system, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County's foster children. VFC pursues its mission and vision through the advocacy of highly trained volunteer CASAs, who diligently monitor cases. In this way, VFC ensures that judges have the most thorough, current information possible when making decisions about such issues as a foster child's living situation, visits with siblings, medical and educational needs, and other services. By all accounts, CASAs make a huge difference in the foster care system; they give San Diego's foster children the opportunity to live up to his or her potential.
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
San Diego's jewel box of fine art
Known as San Diego's jewel box of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is home to a world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. The Timken's scale provides visitors with an accessible cultural experience that allows for the discovery of the collection in an intimate setting. Visitors are treated to art without barriers, and, with daily free admission, are encouraged to take their time and explore centuries of artistic genius. The collection features masterworks that cover over 700 years of history and a tour de force of artists that include Rembrandt, Jacques-Louis David, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Petrus Christus, and John Singleton Copley. Ranging from 14th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits and landscapes to 19th-century still life paintings, the collection is superb. The Timken is considered one of the finest small museums in the world.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
A World of Possibility
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. The Fleet is San Diego's science center. We connect with communities, schools, science organizations, families and individuals through interactive experiences and collaboration.