Our Funders


The San Diego Education Funds relies solely on contributions, grants, and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, and private foundations. The successes of SDEF scholars would not have been possible without the generous support of so many.


We thank our financial partners for making educational opportunities a priority and investing in the future of education:

Investor Circle - $25,000 and Above

  • College Access Foundation of California
  • The Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation
  • Reuben H. Fleet Fund at the San Diego Foundation
  • Jack and Virginia Mashin
  • Parker Foundation
  • Pat and Bob Whalen

Legacy Circle - $24,999 to $10,000
  • Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation
  • Beyster Family Foundation Fund IV at the San Diego Foundation
  • Community Service Association, San Diego Unified School District
  • The Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation
  • GEO Group Foundation
  • Helmstetter Family Foundation
  • Susan Hoekenga
  • Lambert Foundation for Education at Union Bank
  • McGraw Block Family Foundation
  • Becky and Steve Phillpott
  • The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
  • Union Bank
  • Wong Family Foundation
  • GEO Group Foundation

Benefactor Circle - $9,999 to 5,000

  • Penny Edgert
  • Cindy Marten
  • Price Family Charitable Fund
  • Shannon Charitable Trust
  • TW2 Marketing, Inc.
  • WD-40 Company

Opportunity Circle - 4,999 to 2,500
  • Vance Mills
  • Carlos Rameriz
  • Rod Smith
  • Torrey Pines Bank
  • Qualcomm
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Nordson Foundation


Supporter Circle - 2,499 to 1,000
  • Christina (Tina) Dyer
  • Bill Freeman
  • Norman Kellner Memorial Fund
  • Maureen Lamberti
  • James Randall
  • Elisa Sanchez
  • Darlene Shiley
  • Sycuan Casino
  • Walmart Foundation and Facility #6235
  • Sharon Whitehurst-Payne


*Five year cumulative totals