San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Grantmakers has changed its name to Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties. The organization hopes the new name will better reflect what the group stands for and where they are headed.

The name change is the culmination of more than 40 years of growth, and a mission and vision focused on expanding equity, collaboration and impact across the social change ecosystem, according to the organization.

This past summer, with COVID-19 disproportionately impacting Black-owned businesses, the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce joined with the organization, 40 businesses, hundreds of residents, media partners – including the Business Journal -- and the city of San Diego to raise $1 million in just 60 days, providing grants to hundreds of affected small businesses.

“Catalyst members inspired this name change through their desire to work together to accelerate the pace of change,” said Shreya Shah Sasaki, COO of Mission Driven Finance and board treasurer and rebrand committee member of San Diego Grantmakers. “This new name signals our commitment to lean into big challenges of our day and lead with equity and collaboration on behalf of our community.”


The University of California San Diego Extension has entered a new partnership with Springboard, a mentor-guided online learning platform that prepares people for in-demand jobs. Springboard will be offering its Machine Learning courses through the extension program.

The new program introduces a Non-Credit Certificate in machine learning engineering and is an effort to offer adult learners a chance to locally transition into high-demand tech careers. Enrollment is open now and the first cohort of students will begin in January.


The San Diego-based independent Barons Market is conducting an in-store fundraiser for Feeding San Diego during the entire month of December.

“Every year, I’m impressed by how generous our community is, especially during the holidays,” said Rachel Shemirani, senior vice president of Barons Market. “This year, even more families are at risk of going hungry because of the pandemic, so we wanted to make sure Barons Market was doing its part to help those in need.”

In all nine of their locations, shoppers can fill out a donation card to participate in the fundraiser. All proceeds from San Diego stores will go to Feeding San Diego, while its Riverside stores will go to Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino.

The stores had previously raised more than $300,000 for local organizations and this year’s partnership is a natural joining of forces because of the shared belief of the importance of access to food, according to organizers.


Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente who will be hosting a virtual groundbreaking on their planned new facility for San Marcos on Dec. 10. The long-awaited new hospital will shorten travel time for more than 180,000 Kaiser members in North County. See next week’s issue for the full story.