The San Diego Foundation (www.sdfoundation.org) has become the first community foundation in the nation to develop Apps available for free download on iPhones, iPads and Androids. The San Diego Foundation App allows San Diegans and other interested parties to access
The Apps are available at the App Store for iPhones and iPads and on the Android Marketplace by searching for The San Diego Foundation. You can also access from The Foundation’s home page. Both platforms include a How to Give section, Foundation News, and push notifications for breaking news and events.
The iPhone and iPad platforms provide a “Share You Good” feature, which allows anyone to submit photos for display on The San Diego Foundation’s App to help share all the good work being done in and events throughout the region.
According to Bob Kelly, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, the Apps are a further extension of The Foundation’s mission to provide leadership and promote community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance charitable giving and philanthropic efforts.
“I am delighted to be the first community foundation with an App on both iPhone and Android platforms,” said Kelly. “Technology allows civic engagement and philanthropy in new mediums and it can mobilize people around a cause. This momentum harkens back to the 1960s and 70s when the youth of our nation – myself at the time -- became engaged in powerful discussions via petitions and rallies about the direction we would take as nation. These Applications embrace today’s mobile-friendly world and provide a contemporary forum for our community to engage in social change, civic engagement and philanthropy.”’
“For philanthropic and community-minded individuals, businesses and nonprofits,” said Kelly, “the Apps provide information on how to give back and connect with your community as well as details on how to obtain educational scholarships and/or grants for your organization.”
Kelly added that the “Share your Good” option on The San Diego Foundation App encourages the community to upload images of how people are engaged in and giving back to the community.” “Working together,” Kelly added, “we can each contribute to a world where generosity and civic engagement are valued and practiced by all people in service to the common good.”
“Our goal,” said Kelly, “is to assure that we offer the most current technology to increase the ability for San Diegans to stay informed on critical issues and provide a means to engage the community in ways to give back to our region.”