LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber

Nonprofit Partners


LEAD San Diego directly affects positive change in our region in a variety of ways. We have opportunities to directly connect our program alumni to mentorship opportunities, nonprofit committees, and local boards and commissions through our Leader Match platform. We also offer local nonprofits an opportunity to benefit from our Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship program, Impact.

Impact not only provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, it also inspires participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes. Each year, members of the Impact class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project aiding in the organization’s long-term sustainability.

Leadership Action Team Request for Proposals

LEAD San Diego’s Impact Class of 2024 will be divided into five (5) to six (6) Leadership Action Teams (LEAD staff strives for approximately six to 10 class members per team, based upon class preferences and skill sets) tasked with tackling real community needs submitted by organizations from the San Diego region. These projects need to be initiated and completed between January and May 2024 and must have a lasting benefit to the community being served. Each team’s participants will bring their knowledge, professional skills, and access to regional resources and networks of influence to the selected community improvement projects. Previous projects have included the development of communications & marketing plans; the creation of a facility expansion feasibility report; and the development of a five-year strategic plan. Your project is not required to be limited to these ideas; we strongly encourage unique and creative projects.

The RFP for the 2024-25 cycle is now closed. To be added to the 2025-26 interest list, please click below. If you have questions, please contact


2024 Leadership Action Team Partner Agencies

Interfaith has grown to become the most comprehensive human service agency in North County, serving 20,250 individuals last fiscal year. This includes homeless men and women, veterans, families with children, seniors, and persons with severe mental illness, long histories of substance abuse, and a range of chronic health issues, including those who are criminal justice involved.

The LEAGUE began 17 years ago as a technical school for Java programming – catering primarily to youth in the Carmel Valley vicinity in after-school and weekend classes. Our most successful students have acquired the fundamental skills and certifications needed to enter the workforce as highly skilled, in-demand workers in a knowledge economy. The League was selected as a California Nonprofit of the Year in 2023.

In 1969, a tireless group of advocates established The Chicano Federation to advance civil rights and civic participation of San Diego County’s Latine community (pronounced la-ti-ne, a gender-neutral form of “Latino” used by Spanish-speaking communities). The organization is open to all, serving clients regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital and/or immigration status.

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 25 full members of arts, science, and cultural organizations in Balboa Park collaborate to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation, and excellence. The Partnership’s member institutions vary in size and type and include museums, performing arts groups and theaters, cultural centers, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

Black Entrepreneurs Leaders & Learners (BELL) is a community-driven program or agency with a primary objective of empowering Black and minority communities through entrepreneurship, ownership, education, and networking. BELL was established by a dedicated group of community leaders who are committed to fostering positive change within these communities. The overarching mission of BELL is to create and facilitate opportunities that lead to generational wealth and prosperity.

Initially two separate entities, the San Diego PAL (Police Athletic League) chapter was founded in 1988 and primarily served county areas, whereas the STAR (Sports Training, Academics, & Recreation) organization came into existence in 1993 to focus its programmatic efforts within city boundaries. The two organizations merged to form STAR/PAL in 1998, representing an alignment of city, county, and community efforts.

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