Our Mission

Individuals can make a difference; together we change the world.

The Jewish Community Foundation collaborates with individuals and organizations, and leverages philanthropic capital for positive impact. Guided by Jewish values, the Jewish Community Foundation combines donor-driven philanthropy, investing, and education with trusted, personalized service, enabling individuals and organizations to effectively dedicate their resources for maximum benefit in the community.

Our Values

1 Tzedakah

Justice – Ethical responsibilities, sacred work, tikkun olam

2 Dor I’dor

Generation to Generation – Passing on values, strengthening future generations, the importance of elders and youth

3 Kavod

Respect – Listening, responsiveness, acts of loving kindness, being inclusive, integrity, truthfulness

4 Torah

Learning – Love of Judaic wisdom and teachings

5 Derech Eretz

Way of the Land – Transparency, accountability, excellent governance

Why the Jewish Community Foundation?

The Foundation works with hundreds of donors of all ages, backgrounds, affiliations and walks of life to maximize their impact on our community. Here’s why individuals, families and organizations partner with us.

Expertise and Service

JCF staff are experts in creating meaningful, strategic giving plans that are tax-efficient and cost-effective. We will research any cause or organization, secular or Jewish, that interests you.  We anticipate and address your giving needs, regardless of your giving level.


Very little paperwork and no administrative hassle means you can focus on the more important aspects of giving.  Our online portal is user-friendly and you can recommend a grant of any size to any qualified nonprofit organization. Your annual tax documentation is a breeze.


JCF is consistently on the leading edge in social impact, for individuals, families and organizations.

  • The Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the country to provide donors with a fully automated online portal with donor access to up-to-the minute gift and grant history, investment performance, asset allocation and daily balances.
  • JCF invented the Endowment Leadership Institute (ELI) which has helped to establish over $180M in legacy commitments to the Jewish community, more than $75M of which have been realized.  ELI has become a model for endowment building nationally.
  • JCF’s Impact Investment Pool provides market-rate financial performance while generating measurable social and environmental impact. The Foundation was the first Jewish community foundation to offer such an investment option.
  • Nonprofit organizations can take advantage of our endowment and custodial funds for top-notch investment management of endowments and cash reserves.  JCF is the only community foundation in the area to offer custodial accounts.
More About the Jewish Community Foundation

Our History

Founded in 1967, the Jewish Community Foundation is the oldest community foundation in the region.

Our Impact

Learn how JCF builds an impactful culture of giving in San Diego.

Meet Our Staff

JCF staff take pride in providing unparalleled service to all clients.  Meet the people behind the logo.

Board of Directors

JCF is committed to transparency and accountability in governance.

Financials & Investments

View our current and archived audited financial statements and investment performance.


JCF is a great place to work.  View our current employment opportunities.