Our Impact

2022 Impact Report

Community Engagement Events, Workshops & Outreach Programs

Sept. 15, 2022: 24th San Diego Cause Conference

Hosted at University of San Diego, CC22 attracted over 450 multi sector attendees from across the SD region. We awarded Zoey Brown, USD Marketing Major, a $1,000 scholarship for her social impact work.

Nov. 2022: Cause San Diego Collaborative Session

Hosted at UCSD, over 50 public and private sector attendees gathered to share social impact insights and gather input about our new Cause San Diego initiative.

March 2023: Interfaith Community Services Outreach Day

Cause San Diego leadership and planning committee members donated food items and built over 400 sack lunches for those experiencing homelessness.

March 2023: Winter Social 4 Impact

Hosted by Junior Achievement of San Diego County, over 60 organizations gathered to share their 2022 social impact success stories and explore areas of alignment for 2023 and beyond.

April 2023: Beyond Zero Earth Day Film Event

Join us on April 22, Earth Day, for a free movie showing of Beyond Zero at UCSD Epstein Center. Meet others in the region seeking ways to make a bigger impact on social issues impacting our communities. Thank you, Conscious Capitalism SD for hosting this event.

May 2023: Business Leaders Lunch & Focus Group

In preparation for our 2023 Conference, we conducted our first Business Leaders Focus Group on May 11 to gain insights about the challenges and opportunities that drive social impact activities in the SD region. 25 San Diego business leaders participated and we are developing a report to share our focus group findings to share with the San Diego business and nonprofit community.

July 2023:  Business Leaders Breakfast & Focus Group

In preparation for our 2023 Conference, we hosted our 2nd Focus Group on July 12 to gain insights about the challenges and opportunities that drive social impact activities in the region. 

September 14, 2023:  25th Annual San Diego Cause Conference

Hosted at the new Sharp Prebys Innovation and Education Center with over 350 attendees, the event was a full day of education, inspiration and activation for our San Diego business community, nonprofit sector and higher education institutions. Visit our 2023 Cause Conference event page to learn more.

Jan. 20, 2024:  Kids for Peace “Great Kindness Challenge” Community Outreach Day

Cause San Diego volunteers set up a Kindness Station at this family-friendly event to educate youth and adults about ways to take care of humanity and our planet.  Visitors made origami art, learned about the key issues impacting our region and picked Laura Hall’s book, The ABCs of Conscious Capitalism for Kids.

Feb. 1, 2024: Getting to Know Cause San Diego Mixer

Thank you, VentureX Scripps Ranch for hosting our event and to all our guests for stopping by to learn more about our mission and plans for 2024.  

March 28, 2024:  *NEW* Social Impact Workshop – Measuring & Reporting on Social Impact

In partnership with OnPurpose Squared, we hosted 30 participants at our first Social Impact workshop for businesses seeking guidance on how to develop, enhance and highlight their organization’s CSR, ESG and Social Impact programs and activities.  Based on feedback from our 2023 Cause Conference, our goal is to help organizations move beyond outputs and measure for outcomes and impact that offer a true return on social investment (ROSI).  Thank you Molly Cartmill and Beatriz Palomino Young for sharing your depth expertise and experience in Corporate philanthropic giving and impact reporting.

June 26, 2024: Professional Development Luncheon – Maximizing Brand Impact through Media Coverage & Partnerships

In partnership with (W)right on Communications, 35 for profit and nonprofit professionals attended our first luncheon held at Boujiemana Restaurant to strengthen their understanding and ability to leverage paid, earned, shared and owned media to amplify their impact.  Julie Wright and Capree Waters brought key examples of how businesses and charitable organizations are using a mix of influencers, created content, community promoters and 3rd party media to reach their target audiences.  Thank you, ladies, for sharing your depth experience with our attendees!

Upcoming Events

July 23, 2024 – POSTPONED: Social Impact Workshop #2: Building & Enhancing Cause Outreach Programs & Partnerships

August/September 2024 – Cause San Diego Lunch-N-Learns

October 2024 – Cause Community Engagements & Spotlights:
– Domestic Violence Awareness Month
– Hispanic Heritage Month

October 23, 2024 – 26th Annual Cause Conference

November 2024 – Cause Awareness Community Engagements & Spotlights:  
– Nov. 11, 2024: Honoring Veteran’s Day & HomeAid San Diego’s 6th Annual STEP UP Walk to End Homelessness Cause Alliance Members Meet-up


Previous Event Showcase

We hosted our 24th Annual Cause Conference Sept. 15, 2022 at the University of San Diego 

2022 Conference Honorary Co-Chairs

Cause Conference Mission

To connect business leaders passionate about social change in San Diego

The Cause Conference is all about connecting business leaders that are addressing the biggest challenges our city face. This annual gathering is the launch point for collaboration between for-profits, non-profits, social enterprises, B-Corp businesses, impact investors, philanthropists and more. Together we can do so much more than any of us can alone!

Who is this for?

If you are a business owner, non-profit leader, corporate executive, social entrepreneur, board member, impact investor, educator or philanthropist, this conference is for you!

Making an impact in our community is a responsibility for all of us. This is the chance to meet peers to accelerate social change through aligned goals, partnerships and actions.

                  2022 Cause Conference Speakers included:

Matthew Fehling

Better Business Bureau

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell


Barbara Chodos

San Diego Business Journal

Brandon Peele

Unity Lab

Saundra Pelletier

Evofem Biosciences

Matt Billingsley


Garry Ridge


Kevin Lee

Dr. Bronner’s

Thank You to our 2022 Cause Conference Event Partners

Silver LEVEL Partners

Reach out to us at info@causesandiego.org to learn more, get involved with our programs and support our efforts.