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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Helps Connect People Who Care with Causes that Matter

(SAN DIEGO) Established in 1996, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is the only community foundation in our region dedicated to the benefit of the LGBT community. The SDHDF’s goal is to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership by being an efficient vehicle for implementing charitable gifts that fund programs and projects promoting equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity.

Each year in August, community organizations submit a request for grants that will be issued at the beginning of the following year, on January 1. Past grant recipients have included dozens of local organizations like Being Alive, ElderHelp, JPride, Diversionary Theatre, Home Start, La Cuna Inc. and San Diego’s LGBT Community Center.

According to their website, the SDHDF reports that they were expected to exceed the million dollar mark in philanthropic giving this year to organizations that address issues identified by SDHDF as important, such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families and civil rights. On December 9, from 4-6 p.m. the Center will host the 2010 Grant Awards Ceremony and help several organizations in need continue to meet the needs of the LGBT community.

SDHDF also aims to build a stronger LGBT community, not just through the power of endowments to organizations, but also by helping individuals through their free educational seminars. The final installment of the 2009 Educational Seminar series will take place on Wednesday December 9 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Zocalo Grill in Old Town.

The seminar’s goal is to help attendees understand charitable remainder trusts (CRT) and charitable lead trusts (CLT). When individuals have taxable estates and charitable intentions, CRTs and CLTs can be excellent, flexible, tax-saving vehicles that also help your community. How can you create an income stream as part of your retirement planning with a charitable trust? How can you pick more than one organization to benefit? These questions and many more will be answered by experienced attorney, Larry G. Ramey.

Lunch will also be included for all attendees but seating is limited. RSVP for the event with Mariela at 619 291 3383 or send an email to mariela@sdhdf.org