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Founder's Society

The San Diego Architectural Foundation Board of Directors has announced the formation of the Founders Society, which recognizes lifetime financial support of the SDAF and its programs from individuals and companies alike.

The Founders Society acknowledges all significant memberships, contributions or pledges committed to the Foundation and/or its programs on a cumulative basis since the formation of the Foundation.

The Board’s long term goal for the Founders Society is not only to recognize current contributions and pledges, but to build a long term endowment for the organization as well. Long term pledges are an invaluable support to the continued fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission of enhancing the community’s understanding of and desire for outstanding architecture and urban design in the San Diego region. Those interested in supporting the Foundation at these levels (and any other levels as well) may contact the Foundation office or any of the Foundation’s board members to discuss specific areas of interest.

Founder's Society levels are:

Lloyd Ruocco Society   

$5,000 - $9,999

Richard Requa Society

$10,000 - $24,999

Lillian Rice Society

$25,000 - $49,999

William Templeton Johnson Society

$50,000 - $99,999

Irving Gill Society

$100,000 +

The San Diego Architectural Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


There are several gift options available...

Outright Gifts.

This is the easiest gift to give and it is immediately effective. Your gift of any size is greatly appreciated and can be made by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa.

Multiple-year pledges.

The Founder's Society is designed to accommodate donors who may wish to spread their gifts over one to five years. Donors who make multiple-year pledges will be sent pledge reminders monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually depending on their wishes.

Corporate Matching Gifts.

As a benefit to employees, companies often increase the impact of their employees' gifts to the Foundation and other charitable organizations by matching employees' contributions. Thousands of companies match employee gifts one-to-one. Some companies match even more.

Most companies have guidelines that the employee and charitable organization must meet before a contribution will be matched. Your company's benefits or human resource department can provide you with information about its matching gift program and the necessary forms to complete.

Marketable Securities.

Contributing marketable securities such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, etc., may allow you to make a contribution to the Foundation with little or no effect on your current spendable income. In some cases, by contributing appreciated securities, you may receive tax advantages. Marketable securities continue to be an attractive gift for many donors.

Charitable Bequests.

Bequests made through wills or living trusts play an important role in Foundation funded programs. Bequests also play a critical role in building the Foundation's Endowment Fund. Such commitments also enable individuals to make gifts that may not be possible during their lifetimes.

Bequests can take several forms:

  • A specific bequest directs that the Foundation receive a specific amount of money or specific piece of property.
  • A residual bequest designates all or a portion of whatever remains after all debts, taxes, and expenses have been paid from the estate.
  • A contingent bequest takes effect only under certain conditions...

Sample language is available. For more information on gifting opportunities, please write to

The SDAF cannot provide legal or financial advice. You are encouraged to meet with your legal representative or financial advisor to determine the appropriate way to give and the best language to use when making your bequest.