Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Las Patronas

Partnering with the San Diego Community since 1946

La Jolla, CA


Las Patronas is committed to providing financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in San Diego County that provide valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social services, and cultural arts, and to continuing our tradition of service to enhance the quality of life in our community.

Ruling Year



Ms. Michelle Wiseman

Vice President, Grants

Ms. Kelly Kjos

Main Address

Po Box 1888

La Jolla, CA 92038 USA


Philanthropic, All-Volunteer, San Diego County, Jewel Ball





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Public Foundations) (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Las Patronas fills a largely unmet need of non profit organizations in San Diego County. While many of these organizations are successful raising funds for their programs, they do not have access to funding for the capital items critical to operating those programs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Las Patronas funds critically needed capital items to charitable institutions in San Diego County

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

Population(s) served


Related program

Las Patronas funds critically needed capital items to charitable institutions in San Diego County

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Continue to provide funding for critically-needed capital items to San Diego County nonprofits through our grant process. The Las Patronas grant process involves a thorough evaluation of each organization that applies for funding including the review of its mission, operations and capital needs. All qualified grant applicants are visited on site and interviewed by a team of Las Patrons members. Grant requests are then reviewed by the entire membership in order to prioritize funding for the most critically-needed capital items. This ensures the most fundamental support is distributed to nonprofit organizations whose mission and reach will have the greatest impact on the citizens within our San Diego community.

We owe our success to the support of the many community partners who share our mission. Many of our supporters have worked with us for decades and generously contribute underwriting dollars, donate goods and services, and provide in-kind donations. This support is generated through yearlong fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego's most enduring social, cultural and philanthropic traditions. Our supporters make it possible for Las Patronas to fund critically-needed capital items to a wide variety of deserving San Diego nonprofits and empower those organizations to serve the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Las Patrons is a 100% volunteer organization whose 50 members commit to a six-year active term to raise support for deserving nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. In addition to raising support throughout the year, our members also work at our warehouse space in Miramar to design, create and hand-build decor for the Annual Jewel Ball. The Jewel Ball is held on the first Saturday in August at the beautiful La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. During the four days leading up to the Ball, we transport the decor and design elements to transform the Beach Club into a themed wonderland. The Jewel Ball is an exceptionally fun evening of dining and dancing with no paddle-raise and no live auction. We encourage our 800+ guests to make a contribution in advance of the event and then fully enjoy the Ball celebrating our inspiring beneficiaries and generous supporters.

All funds raised by Las Patrons stay in San Diego County and are distributed to many small grassroots nonprofits as well as larger, more visible organizations. By giving to Las Patrons, our supporters diversify their philanthropic giving - reaching children and seniors, the homeless and the disabled, emergency response teams and the military as well as supporting scientific research, health services, the environment and cultural arts - all in a broad geographical range throughout San Diego.

Las Patronas has donated over $21 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.

External Reviews


Las Patronas

Fiscal year: Feb 01 - Sep 30

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?