Five Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations Serving the Southeastern San Diego Community

Join us on the first Friday of each month to learn the “ins and outs” of fundraising, accounting, and grant research! Get your nonprofit financially organized with these FIVE crucial workshops!

The first workshop, “Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising,” begins Friday, September 6. Register NOW to reserve your spot!

Where: The first workshop of the series will be help at Malcolm X Library. The location for the remaining four workshops will be announced upon your registration.

Cost: $15 per workshop or $50 for all five

Registration is required.
Call (858) 292-5702 or email: to reserve your seat.

Jacobs Center receives $20,000 from SDG&E

youthmovementWe are delighted to announce that the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has been selected to receive $20,000 from SDG&E through their Inspiring Futures Leaders initiative.  This generous grant will allow us to continue working with youth in the Diamond neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego. The goals and objectives of this work include helping youth to increase their civic engagement, build individual and community technological skills and utilize social media to better their community.

Youth are a key stakeholder and constituency in our community and this grant will help to ensure that their voices are heard.

Scholarships available through The San Diego Foundation

logoThe San Diego Foundation’s 2013-2014 Common Scholarship Application deadline is only two weeks away! The last day to start an application is February 4 and the last day to submit an application is February 6 by 10 pm. Applicants must register by February 4 so that they can receive online access and submit their applications by February 6. No late applications will be accepted.

We strongly recommend that students complete their applications by January 31 as we expect heavy usage of our online system closer to the deadline. This will likely result in online system delays and may affect the successful submittal of applications. To avoid problems, please urge your students to APPLY EARLY and finish their applications NOW!

Please send interested students to our website at and distribute our flyer in English and Spanish.

For questions, please email or call (619) 814-1343.

Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $560 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $750 million to San Diego’s nonprofit community.

Have Your Next Cultural Celebration in The Village

The Village Cultural Celebrations Grant provides funding to support celebrations in The Village at Market Creek that promote the sharing and learning of culture, traditions, and heritage, are open to all residents, and demonstrate a commitment to strengthening relationships within and among communities.

Community groups and nonprofits with a cultural focus or mission may apply for celebrations taking place in The Village at Market Creek through June 30, 2013. Application forms for cultural celebrations taking place on or after July 1, 2013 will be available in late March 2013. While we do ask if you have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status, it is not required to be eligible for funding. Previous Cultural Celebrations Grant recipients must have satisfactorily completed a follow-up report to be eligible for consideration.

DOWNLOAD grant application

For more information, please contact Rahmo Abdi at 619-527-6161 ext 181 or email

You’re Invited to The Village Arts & Culture Press Conference

On Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 am, please join Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Tony Young, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), and residents of southeastern San Diego as they launch a plan to create a cultural arts district in one of San Diego’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods.

The plan is the result of nine months of work by hundreds of community members and builds on the history of and commitment to arts and culture that has been the hallmark of southeastern San Diego for decades.

Creation of the plan was funded by a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ first round of the Our Town program, and matched dollar-for-dollar by JCNI and the Jacobs Family Foundation, longtime philanthropic partners in the community.

To read an overview of the Art + Design Plan, download the Executive Summary.

Tuesday October 30, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114



Market Creek Plaza is near the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street. The Plaza’s bright and unique architecture is instantly recognizable. From the Martin Luther King Freeway (Hwy. 94) exit at Euclid Avenue south. Take a right on Market Street and then a left at the first light at Market Creek Plaza Driveway.

Event Parking

Parking is available in the lot behind the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. Use the pedestrian bridge located east of the building to access the amphitheater.


Green Up Your Home

Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) YouthBuild, in collaboration with SDG&E and the Office of Council President Tony Young, is seeking low-income home owners in Council District 4 who need modest energy-efficient improvements to their properties. This free program is offered at no cost to the homeowner. All materials will be provided through the SDG&E Green Future Grant.

Improvements include but are not limited to: water line leak detection and repair; window and door caulking/ weather-stripping; water heater insulation and/or earthquake strapping; repairing interior and exterior structural leaks; and installing low-flow toilets and water saving sink aerators and shower. Participants must be low-income and be willing to participate in a Customer Satisfaction Survey at the completion of the work. Homeowners will also be asked to provide before and after copies of utility bills and proof of home ownership such as property tax bills or Deed of Trust.

A total of 7 homes will be selected throughout District 4. Households will be selected on the basis of need and income. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 12. For more information or to request an application, please call: (619) 231-5990 or email:

Alliance for California Traditional Arts funding for the Arts

Join Alliance for California Traditional Arts staff for a free informational meeting or a webinar to learn more about our funding for folk & traditional artists and organizations.

Informational Meeting:
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Community Room
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA  92114
6:30-8:30 pm (English with Spanish interpretation)

For more information call (415) 346-5200 (English) or (559) 237-9811 (Spanish).
Co-sponsored by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
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Green Jobs Training

The Center for Employment Training, has Green Jobs Innovation Funds
available for training dislocated workers and low-income adults.
Green Building Construction / Solar Panel Training Certifications is available.

For more information about no-cost training (for those who qualify).
Please call (619) 527-4895 or online:
The Center for Employment Training
4153 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Thanks Starbucks!

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Thanks Starbucks!

Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants supports organizations who train young people to develop necessary skills and knowledge to incubate ideas, identify and assess community needs, create a plan of action, execute a plan and evaluate outcomes against goals. The Youth Movement, a project of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, was formed as an avenue for southeastern San Diego youth to identify community needs and assets. More importantly, Youth Movement provides youth with hands on training and activities to bring about positive change in their communities. The Youth Movement is happy to be a 2012 recipient of a Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grant, and will continue to strengthen our young leaders.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Thanks SDG&E!

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Thanks SDG&E!

The Youth Movement, a project under the umbrella of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, would like to thank SDG&E for supporting the Youth Movement with a 2012 Excellence in Civic Leadership Grant. This is SDG&E’s second year as partner in our efforts to encourage and strengthen southeastern San Diego youth (high school to undergraduate) with civic engagement and community building training and activities. This year, support will expand the Bridge Program, preparing youth for personal advancement through internships, life skills training, and mentoring.

Festival Park General Development Plan

The City of San Diego, in conjunction with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, invites you to participate in a Public Workshop for a pocket park in
The Village at Market Creek. The park is envisioned to provide passive recreation
for all ages.

Community involvement is crucial to ensuring a successful plan that meets the
needs of our community.

March 8, 2012 • 6 – 8 pm

Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Chollas View Room, 2nd Floor
404 Euclid Avenue • San Diego, CA 92114

Childcare provided. Translation services available.

For more information, contact:
Lefaua Leilua at (619) 527-6161 ext. 183 or

Mark your calendar for these additional meeting dates: March 22, April 19

KaBoom Playground Build for the San Diego Area

An organization must meet the following criteria to qualify:  We are looking for non-profit child serving organizations. I am currently accepting applications for the San Diego Area for an upcoming playground build. I would like to enlist your help in sending me any organizations/contacts you think might be interested that I could reach out to.
Click here for the selection process, sample playground design, and application.
Also there is additional information below:

  • Serve a low-income/high-need community
  • Have no playground or need to replace an existing playground
  • Fundraise $8,500 USD towards the cost of equipment. We offer online webinars ( to assist with fundraising ideas.
  • Provide at least 2500 sq. feet in available land and complete any needed site preparation,   i.e. removing old equipment, asphalt, grading the land.
  • Provide additional in kind responsibilities such as breakfast and lunch for Build Day, tools, restroom facilities, and a dumpster.
  • Recruit 75-100 volunteers for Build Day and recruit parents who are excited about serving on planning committees for an 8-10 week period leading up to Build Day.
  • Accept ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the playspace upon completion.

In return, your organization will:

  • Receive a new custom designed playground!
  • Establish an ongoing relationship with a Funding Partner throughout the planning process and for years after who is interested in having an impact on your community.
  • Bring community members together as they work toward this common goal.
  • Participate in a planning process that will teach you about fundraising, community building, media relations, etc. that can be used during future community projects.
The approximate 8-10 week planning process kicks off with a Design Day where children literally design their dream playgrounds, and culminates on Build Day where volunteers build the new playground.To be considered, please complete and submit the attached brief application with pictures via email by Friday, January 27th, and contact Kimberly Ali at 202-464-6191 or with interest and questions.
Kimberly Natasha Ali
Associate Client Services Coordinator
4455 Connecticut Ave. Suite B100
Washington, DC 20008
Office: (202) 464-6191  Fax: (202) 659-0210

Two Days Only to GIVE BIG

Join Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and be part of making meaningful change happen in one of San Diego’s historically underserved communities—southeastern San Diego.

The San Diego Foundation is making it easy to support the positive work of local nonprofits in the San Diego community. December 14 – 15, 2011, they will be hosting a first-ever giveBIG San Diego match day initiative. During this 36-hour period, you will have an opportunity to make online donations to any of nearly 400 pre-approved nonprofits in San Diego, and the San Diego Foundation will match donations in a pro-rated amount.

Make a difference in our community!
Starting at 7 am Wednesday, December 14 and ending at 7 pm on Thursday, December 15, go to and search for “Jacobs Center” to make a donation online.

NUF Grants Program Deadline – December 15

The next application deadline for the Neighborhood Unity Foundation’s Grants Program is Monday, December 15 at 5pm.

To be considered for funding, projects must demonstrate the theme of “Building a Safe and Healthy Community”, directly benefit the southeastern San Diego community, and create connections between community members.

The funding range is $500 – $5000. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Contact Maslah Farah, NUF Program Manager, at (619) 527-6161 ext 158 or via email at for an application and additional information.

The Neighborhood Unity Foundation

The Neighborhood Unity Foundation (NUF) is a community foundation in the Fourth District designed and run by and for the residents of southeastern San Diego. Our board consists of residents who are very passionate about this community and the people who live here. NUF has been in existence since 2004 and works hard to be visible in the community.

Grants Program

NUF’s grants program has been very successful. Since 2006, NUF has given away over $200,000 to nonprofits and individuals whose projects bring neighbors together and/or help build safe and healthy communities.  When it was first established, our grants were given out quarterly. But starting in 2009-2010, we will have only two application cycles. This will allow our board and grants committee to pilot a type of grants called “flow funding”.

Friday Movie Nights

NUF co-sponsored Friday Night Movie Nights for the Summer Series at Market Creek Plaza in 2009. During the series, our organization highlighted and honored individuals in our community who do good things but don’t usually get the recognition they deserve.

Meet Maslah Farah and Aaron Semaia

This August, NUF hired its first staff member! Maslah Farah, our Program Manager, will be instrumental in making sure that NUF is reaching its full potential and accomplishing the goals that were set by not only by the board, but the community as well.

Aaron Semaia, a student at San Diego State University, began interning with NUF this summer. He has been a great asset to the board.

Giving Circles

NUF is starting our giving circles soon and will be looking to the community to partner with them in making this successful.

Advisory Council

Ours Advisory Council, which is presently inactive, will be starting up soon. This group will be the eyes and ears of the board and will help us connect to many of communities that we would not have been able to reach without them. There is a lot of work that will take place to get this council ready and NUF will be looking to the community to help us find people to join the council.

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A lot is happening with NUF and this year and next! There is still a lot of learning to be done but NUF will be ready and willing to take that on.

If you want to be involved with NUF or if you have any questions regarding one of our projects or committees, please call our office at 619-527-4570 and ask for Maslah Farah or our intern, Aaron Semaia.