About Us

Friends of Downtown (FOD) is a 100% volunteer registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the enhancement of San Diego’s downtown community through scholarships, community service, education and networking.  Our organization is made up of professionals and residents who work and/or live in the downtown community. Contact us about getting involved.

Scholarship Program

Friends of Downtown support students at San Diego City College.  FOD has awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships since 2000, and has been the largest contributor of single scholarships to City College.  In 2018 FOD raised $30,000 and awarded $750 scholarship to forty City College students, based on their academic achievement.  Funds are raised at an Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, held each spring at the University Club.  

Community Service

Friends of Downtown support the Mary and Gary West Senior Center by preparing gift bags for senior shut-ins with limited incomes during the holiday season.  Friends of Downtown also support City College’s Fantastique, a student run clothing resale store, and on-campus Food Pantry.  

Member Education and Networking

Friends of Downtown keep a pulse on our rapidly changing community by holding monthly lunch programs for members and guests.  Luncheons feature guest speakers from our community who share information and perspectives as well as opportunities to network.  Luncheons are held on the third Thursday of each month. Follow us on Facebook for more information.  

Friends of Downtown is  made up of professionals and residents who work or live in the downtown community.  Meet our Board of Directors and Founders.