FAQ. Common questions and answers pertaining to SAY San Diego’s nonprofit classification, program offerings, overarching mission, areas served, contact methods, and donations.

What Is SAY San Diego?

SAY San Diego, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, has been making a difference for San Diegan children, families, and communities for 50 years. We first opened our doors in 1971 with one paid employee, a budget of $1,500, and the goal of providing prevention services to struggling youth. Since then, SAY has evolved into an agency whose work encompasses more than 30 programs strengthening the whole child, whole family, and whole community.

Who Do We Serve?

  • Justice-Involved Youth & Adults
  • Military Families
  • New Arrival/Immigrant, Refugee Youth & Adults
  • Parents, Caregivers & Resource/Foster Parents
  • Preschoolers, Children & Teens
  • Youth & Adults In Need of Health Support
  • Community-Based Orgs & Corporate Partners
  • Employers Seeking to Establish Childcare
  • Donors & Volunteers
  • Communities Facing Inequities & Gaps

What Is SAY’s Mission?

SAY’s Mission is to partner with children, families and communities to overcome barriers and create opportunities that enable them to realize and sustain their full potential. We hold the vision of equity, opportunity and well-being for all.

Where Is SAY Located?

SAY’s programs and services are delivered countywide, in close collaboration with the City and County of San Diego, and San Diego Unified School District, as well as through our family resource centers, home visitors, and many community partnerships. These include partnerships with the military, faith organizations, health agencies, cultural organizations, foundations and business donors, volunteers, and interns. We build strong community fabric through collaboration and by locating our programs and services in accessible locations. Visit our Programs page for a list of programs and their locations.

How Do Children, Youth, & Families Reach SAY?

Many individuals and families contact SAY directly, while others are referred to us by schools, courts, law enforcement, community organizations and people who have benefited from SAY’s services.

How Can I Support SAY’s Mission?

SAY San Diego gratefully accepts financial and in-kind donations from individuals, businesses, and groups (federal tax ID #23-7107958). We also welcome volunteers, interns, board members, and committee members. Please see the Get Involved tab for more details.