San Ysidro Health Center’s (SYHC’s) Maternal and Child Health Center.

The small exhibition kitchen and classroom may not look like a transformational space, but if you speak to the students at the Salsita program at San Ysidro Health Center’s (SYHC’s) Maternal and Child Health Center you would know it to be true. In this small classroom on the second floor of the center, lives are transformed, health is renewed and futures are made brighter.

The Park

Luxury Boutique Community Overlooking Balboa Park.

Construction on “The Park, Bankers Hill” – Zephyr’s 14-story, luxury residential building with 60 homes and two retail spaces – is moving full speed ahead, with the final slab of concrete recently poured, making its completion in 2017 a reality.


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI).

There has been, and sadly at times still exists, a type of discrimination rooted in the fear of someone different, someone who looks different, speaks different, walks different or can’t walk. Thanks to the growth of awareness, acceptance and inclusion the perception of people with developmental disabilities is changing for the better.

Vom Fass

The World’s Finest Oils.

Take the stress out of your holiday shopping by finding great gifts for everyone on your list at vomFASS Hillcrest. They have elevated gift giving to an art form and pride themselves on their unique line of the world’s finest oils, vinegars, spirits, liqueurs, and wines, exquisitely bottled and packaged to your exacting needs. As always, you can sample any of the products before you buy. So, kick back and relax this year—vomFASS has you covered!


Southwest Airlines.

Since 1982, Southwest Airlines has provided affordable air travel and amazing customer service to the San Diego community. But we are more than an airline. Since our humble beginnings more than 40 years ago as a regional carrier serving three Texas cities, we have been committed to giving back to the communities where our Employees and Customers live and work. We are proud to support the people and organizations in San Diego like Classy, and others that are dedicated to improving educational outcomes of our students and fighting poverty. We invite you to learn how Classy has enabled millions of people across individual campaigns to help fund thousands of non-profit organizations.


A Special Tradition for the Sycuan Team.

While Sycuan Casino makes it their mission to contribute to the community all year, there is no time like the holidays to give back and they place a special emphasis on making an impact during the holiday season. Despite their commitment to steady year-round giving, the team at Sycuan Casino understands that there is a greater need during this time of year. While this can be said for many local organizations, one of the most defining qualities of Sycuan’s philanthropic efforts is the diversity of organizations and communities that they choose to work with.

Papa Doug

Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester.

This season we have much to be thankful for. We pledge to continue to make a positive impact and difference to help shape the city we love and community we call home. Geniya and I pray that families and friends of all faiths will find this a time of shared happiness and cherished memories.



In November, as we come to the end of the year with holidays quickly approaching, we look back on the year and appreciate all that we have been blessed with and for all that lies ahead. We celebrate gratitude this month and share with you thoughts from leaders in our San Diego community who practice the art every day.

10 Year

10th Anniversary Timeline.

Hard work, dedication to our community, prestigious partners and the support of readers like you have made Giving Back Magazine the most loved and sought after publication in the region. Here is a brief look back at some highlights from our first ten years!

Asian Film

Volunteer Turned Executive Director.

A nationwide search for a new executive director guided Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), presenter of the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), a little closer to home than they thought. In September, Pac Arts welcomed past volunteer and board member Kent Lee into the executive director role taking over for Pac Arts Founder Lee Ann Kim. Prior to Pac Arts, Kent served as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America, San Diego-Imperial Council.

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