The San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation was founded in 1953 by, and to support San Diego’s original Kiwanis Club, which formed 33 years earlier in 1920.
Since 2000, the Foundation/Club have distributed over $5 million in grants and scholarships, equating to ~$8 million in today-equivalent dollars. Currently, the foundation is distributing ~$250,000/year to youth and young-adult focused non-profits as well as scholarships for local San Diego high school students attending San Diego’s major universities.
In addition, the Foundation serves as the annual Presenting Sponsor of the Laurels for Leaders event, which annually aggregates and honors/rewards the Associated Student Body Presidents from every public, private and charter High School across the entire San Diego County region.
The Club/Foundation’s original visionary contribution was a today-equivalent $1.1MM as a primary funder toward establishment of the San Diego region’s initial Children’s Hospital, now relocated and renamed Rady Children’s Hospital.
Other impactful contributions include grants to the SD YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of SD and funding the Youth Meeting Room at the City of San Diego’s Central Library. In addition, major program funding has been provided for community impact non-profits such as the SD Food Bank, Burn Institute, New Children’s Museum, the SD River Park, Fleet Science Center, Boys to Men, and Just in Time for Foster Youth.
The Foundation has provided grants to many worth recipient organizations including:
Assistance League Greater San Diego
Audubon San Diego
Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego
California State Games
Coastal Roots Farm
Foundation for the Children of the Californias
I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc.
International Relief Teams
International Rescue Committee
Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT)
MAAC Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty of San Diego County Inc.
Oncology + Kids
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship
Rady Children's Hospital
Rancho De Sus Ninos, Inc. DBA The Mission, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
San Diego River Park Foundation
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Urban Corps of San Diego County
The Kiwanis Club of San Diego and the Kiwanis Club Foundation donate more than $100,000 each year for scholarships to students in San Diego County. The Foundation Scholarship Committee provides financial support to students attending San Diego area colleges and universities. Special scholarship grants include the Walter Zitlau and Don McKee memorial scholarships.
President, Gordon Boerner
Immediate Past President, David Jay
First Vice President, Claire LeBeau
Secretary, Karina Sousa
Treasurer & CFO, Douglas Frost
Class of 2023: Jim Floros Doug Frost David Jay
Class of 2024: Chuck Day Gordon Boerner Karina Sousa
Class of 2025 : Jay Jeffcoat Carl Nettleton Claire LeBeau
Kiwanis Club President, Susan Day
Scholarship Chair, David Jay
The IRS Form 990 for the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation is available for review by appointment during regular business hours at 3276 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 202, San Diego, California.
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San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
3276 Rosecrans St. Ste. 202 San Diego, CA 92110 - Ph: 619-324-9853 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org