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Most-Admired Nominees

Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a San Diego-based foundation that works with nonprofit, government, and community agencies to advance health and wellness throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. AHF works to serve the most vulnerable—the poor, working poor, children, elderly, and the homeless—by providing grants, advocacy and education to support its region.

Jewish Community Foundation

The Jewish Community Foundation believes  in the power of every individual to make a difference and that collectively we can change the world. The Jewish Community Foundation is San Diego’s largest grant maker, having facilitated approximately $1 billion in grants to local nonprofits over the past fifty years.

Las Patronas

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated over $20 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.  The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions.

rancho santa fe foundation

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has provided a high level of service for nearly 37 years by developing personal relationships with their donors, providing exceptional stewardship of the funds invested with them and addressing needs in the community. RSF Foundation provides a stable, tax-advantaged financial structure for the stewardship of philanthropic funds with a mission to serve the community.

the san diego foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and its donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region.

The Satterberg Foundation

The Satterberg Foundation strengthens our communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. Doing this work deepens the interconnection of our family. We envision a world in balance with vibrant communities in which all people enjoy the opportunity to grow and thrive.


The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation seeks to continue the legacy of the founders by encouraging and promoting health, science research, assisting with programs that benefit youth, underprivileged individuals, and sports-related activities primarily in San Diego County.