Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Community Highlights Sheet for San Diego County

Sponsor:
The San Diego Foundation

Media Contact
Cindy Ribant, Vice President Marketing/Communications
(619) 235-2300
1420 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101
cindy@sdfoundation.org
www.sdfoundation.org

Sample size
500

Survey Area
San Diego County

Community description:
Mostly urban and suburban, with some rural

Population
2.9 million

Current Demographic and Economic Estimates Profiles - San Diego Region (from San Diego Association of Governments website, http://www.sandag.cog.ca.us/data_services/estimates/profiles/region.html)

Ethnicity
White 60%
Black 6%
Asian/Other 10%
Hispanic 24%
Current Demographic and Economic Estimates Profiles - San Diego Region (from San Diego Association of Governments website, http://www.sandag.cog.ca.us/data_services/estimates/profiles/region.html)

Age
18-34 17.7%
35-49 22.9%
50-64 13.3%
65+ 11.5%
Current Demographic and Economic Estimates Profiles - San Diego Region (from San Diego Association of Governments website, http://www.sandag.cog.ca.us/data_services/estimates/profiles/region.html)


Why The San Diego Foundation builds Social Capital

The Social Capital Benchmark Survey furthers The San Diego Foundation's Civil Society Program. The goal of this program is to build a stronger, more inclusive and engaged region through the promotion of individual and neighborhood participation.

The San Diego Foundation's Civil Society Program Supports Social Capital in the following ways:

  • Neighborhood Civic Fund and Leadership Program - Supports neighborhood groups' efforts to increase local participation in community building
  • Intergroup Relations Project - Supports efforts fostering an environment where new immigrants and their established neighbors can work together
  • San Diego Women's Foundation - An effort to strengthen and improve women's capacities to engage in significant philanthropy in the San Diego region
  • Diversity and Division Report - A three-part series in San Diego Magazine sponsored by The Foundation to create community dialogue and better understanding
  • Millennium Report - Written by Neil Peirce to raise local awareness and discussion of the issues facing San Diegans in the new millennium
  • San Diego Lesbian and Gay Funding Partnership - Increases awareness and philanthropy supporting lesbian and gay communities.
  • Southern California Citizenship Fund - Supported legal vulnerable immigrants to become U.S. citizens

How The Foundation will continue to build Social Capital
The Foundation from 1998 through 2001 invested over $2.5 million to support the following types of organizations in building social capital:

  • Nonprofits
  • Faith based institutions
  • Grassroots neighborhood groups and associations
    Schools
  • Universities and other research institutions
  • Other organizations promoting Social Capital


The Foundation will continue to invest at least $350,000 to 1 million per year to build social capital by supporting programs which promote:

  • Community leadership
  • Community philanthropy
  • Neighbor-to-neighbor community building through dialogue and problem solving
  • Building of an inclusive community (immigrants/refugees, youth, seniors, faith-based, etc.)
  • Civic participation by all communities

The result of The Foundation's investment
A San Diego region with increased Social Capital meaning:

  • Trust
  • Reciprocity
  • Information
  • Cooperation