GC Gives Back

We’re more than a mall, we’re a community

Grossmont Center proudly supports many non-profit organizations from La Mesa and the surrounding area. Giving back to the community is a big part of what Grossmont Center stands for. We believe in helping the amazing people and organizations who do so much to make this community a better place to live in whatever way we can.

Grossmont Center Supports Local Nonprofits

At Grossmont Center, we believe it is important to give back to the community and that is a value we enjoy putting into practice every day. We are proud supporters of many nonprofits in San Diego, especially some wonderful charities that are based in our La Mesa neighborhood. These organizations work tirelessly to make our community a better place and we want to help and support them achieve their goals in any way we can.

The Coins in the Fountains Are Donated

The Center has several initiatives that serve nonprofit organizations in San Diego. Some of these programs take place year-round—for instance, all coins tossed into the Center’s fountains are donated to the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation. The Center also provides space for charities’ outreach efforts in the community. Traveling Stories promotes childhood literacy with its weekly Story Tent at the Center, while Oasis Lifelong Adventure serves adults ages 50 and up in a variety of ways at the Oasis Lifelong Learning Center.

Community Wide Events

Grossmont Center also offers you the terrific opportunity to help San Diego charities during community-wide special events with a philanthropic focus.

Blood Donation Events – 600+ units of donated blood

We recognize that a plentiful blood supply is vital for a community. Donated blood can be used for people who are coping with serious illnesses and diseases, as well as victims of accidents or natural disasters. A low blood supply can make a life-or-death difference in their lives. That is why Grossmont Center is pleased to partner with the San Diego Blood Bank on regular blood drives. So far, these efforts have produced over 600 units of donated blood that are vital in helping others during times of medical need. Check our calendar of events for upcoming blood drives at Grossmont Center.

Pet Adoption Events in San Diego – Over 1,500 pets adopted

Grossmont Center has also been a longtime supporter of causes and organizations that focus on animals. Some of our most popular events are the four huge pet adoptions we hold each year with the San Diego Animal Support Foundation. These events are truly heartwarming, as attendees get to interact with adorable potential pets and find their furry forever friends. Because of this commitment to the health and welfare of animals, Grossmont Center’s adoption events have resulted in 1,400 pets being successfully placed in loving homes.

E-waste Recycling Events in San Diego

At the Center, we also believe we have a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and beautification of our environment. To do our part, we host E-Waste Recycling events on a regular basis. It makes a lasting, impactful difference when electronic equipment is properly disposed and recycled. Instead of just tossing old TVs, computers, printers, and other electronic items in the trash, where they will eventually end up in a landfill, people can bring them to these events hosted by Green Hat Electronics. It makes recycling convenient and simple—and it’s an easy way to help keep our planet clean.

Grossmont Center Nonprofit Certified Farmers Market

Shoppers know the Grossmont Center Certified Farmers Market is the best place around for sustainable, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. Produced by the hard-working growers of San Diego County, these fresh products offer market-goers an opportunity to pick up high-quality food while simultaneously supporting local farmers. All proceeds from this market are donated to the La Mesa Park & Recs Foundation.

San Diego Nonprofit Donation Drives

Additionally, the Center hosts several donation drives for a variety of nonprofit groups, including the East County Family YMCA, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Crisis House, and the Princess Project. We encourage community members to come and participate in these important charitable events. They are wonderful occasions for people to come together in support of a common cause and learn more about the organizations that provide valuable services in the area. Stay current with our schedule of community-wide special events by visiting our Events page.

Grossmont Center is more than a mall. We are a vital part of the community, and our valuable partnerships with these admirable local and San Diego-area nonprofits play a large part in that. We always welcome the opportunity to assist hard-working organizations through donations, sponsorships, or other charitable projects. Working together, we all make a difference and ensure that La Mesa is a vibrant and vital community. Here are some of the nonprofits we support in La Mesa and the surrounding community:

Crisis House

Crisis House has served east county since 1970. Their mission is to respond immediately to stop the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness and connect families and individuals to crucial resources that empower them to renew their lives. Their emergency resource center is the only one in east county serving the homeless and those in crisis. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with Crisis House by collecting new and gently used sports apparel for donation to benefit Crisis House throughout the year. Read more about Crisis House here. Click here to view this months Crisis House newsletter.

La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation

La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation facilitates quality projects and programs that provide activities to strengthen community and family bonds as well as foster pride in La Mesa and its parks. Grossmont Center supports this mission by donating all coins from the fountains in the Center to the foundation. More info: click here

MAX Cares

Grossmont Center is partnering with MAX FM for MAX Cares. Each month MAX FM features a local charity that contributes to making this America’s Finest City. To find out more, please click here.

Second Chance

Grossmont Center is proud to partner with Second Chance this Holiday Season. Founded in 1993, Second Chance strives to ensure all members of our community have the means to achieve self-sufficiency, regardless of age, race, or criminal history. In other words, whether one struggles with addiction, incarceration, homelessness, a family history of criminal behavior or gang involvement, or you just took a wrong turn in life, Second Chance can help you find your way to a positive, successful future. To find out more, please click here.

The Water Conservation Garden

The Water Conservation Garden is six-acre demonstration botanical garden dedicated to inspiring positive change in the living environment through the conservation of water and other natural resources.  Home of the award-winning Ms. Smarty-Plants™ youth education program, The Garden also offers how-to workshops, free docent-led tours on the first Saturday of each month at 10am, and self-guided tours may be enjoyed 9am-4pm daily.  The Garden is supported by memberships, donations, grants, and water agency support.  For more information, please visit www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614×10.

SHARP Grossmont Hospital

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is East County San Diego’s largest health care facility, offering orthopedics, labor and delivery, cancer, heart and stroke care. Grossmont Center is a proud partner of the hospital, a nearby neighbor to the mall, joining in their efforts for several events throughout the year including free health screenings which take place at the mall annually. For more information on SHARP Grossmont Hospital, please click here.

San Diego Animal Support Foundation

Everyone is welcome at Grossmont Center, whether it’s families, shoppers, diners or dogs! We are proud to host three pet adoption events every year to connect families with an animal in need. Hundreds of adoptions have been made possible through these events at Grossmont Center. for more info, please click here.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic

The Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic provides urgent medical care services for needs ranging from everyday illness to minor injuries. Offering online scheduling and walk-in availability, the Care Clinic can often be a quicker and less expensive alternative to an emergency room visit. To learn more about the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic, please click here.

Traveling Stories

Traveling Stories is partnering with Grossmont Center to help encourage young avid readers. Traveling Stories currently serves over 3,000 local kids a year with their weekly programs in El Cajon, City Heights and Imperial Beach. Traveling Stories serves kids ages 2-12 years old by empowering children and giving them the chance to fall in love with reading. 100% of parents surveyed said the Story Tent improved their child’s reading level.  To find out more, please click here.

San Diego Blood Bank

Grossmont Center is proud to partner with the San Diego Blood Bank to offer blood donation events at the Center. Giving blood is an easy thing to do, but it helps touch the lives of so many. More info: click here.

Boys and Girls Club of East County

Since 1961, the Boys and Girls Club of East County has been developing and offering programs and activities to disadvantaged local youth in the El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa and Santee communities. Their mission is to inspire disadvantaged youth members to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with this amazing organization. For more information, please click here.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. The Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food last year and serves 370,000 people every month in communities throughout San Diego County – including working-poor families, fixed-income seniors, elementary school children living in poverty, and 28,000 low-income, active-duty military personnel and their dependents. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank by hosting food drives throughout the year. Click here to donate food online through the Virtual Food Drive.


The East County Family YMCA offers a variety of programs, services and initiatives that enable kids to realize their potential, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to live healthier lives; prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a cause driven community. Grossmont Center is proud to support this esteemed organization through various donation drives held at the mall. For more info, please click here.

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, like Grossmont Center, is all about the local community in the La Mesa area. With a focus on advocacy, education and networking, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosts events throughout the year to benefit the neighborhood, for a complete list of events or to learn more about the chamber, please click here.

Maryland Avenue Elementary School

Grossmont Center is supporting our local community by partnering with different organizations each month throughout the year! The mall helped to benefit a local La Mesa school — Maryland Avenue Elementary by collecting donations of gently used sports equipment and shoes to benefit their programs.

Kiwanis International Club

The Kiwanis International Club is an international service organization dedicated to helping the lives of others. With members ages 8 to 80, the Kiwanis strive to help their communities and get children interested in volunteer work at a young age. Grossmont Center was the original host to their national “March of Dimes” event in San Diego, and is honored to be hosting their 100th anniversary food drive.

Oasis Lifelong Adventure

Oasis Lifelong Adventure, founded in 1982, is a non-profit organization focused on providing adults ages 50 and older an opportunity to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Oasis is active in over 40 cities, with a presence locally here in San Diego with locations in Escondido and La Mesa. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with San Diego Oasis, which operates two different facilities at the mall: a Wellness Center and a Lifelong Learning Center. More information on San Diego Oasis can be found here.

Princess Project

Grossmont Center is collecting new and gently used Prom dresses for The Princess Project. The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Their effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor and community support. San Diego has been helping girls since 2009 find their prom dress. With the help of over 300 volunteers, they reach over 1,500 local teenagers, to make their prom dreams come true. They collect 1,000’s of dresses each season. They hope to collect over 2000 this season. Over the past eight years they have given away 6,050 dresses.

Reptile Association of San Diego

 The Reptile Association of San Diego is a not-for-profit group that has made it their very personal mission to be sure that every pet be given equal consideration in life – be it furry, feathered, or scaled. They aim to spread awareness through one-on-one relations and public interaction, promote of the responsible keeping of reptiles, and encourage and inspire the next generation of herpetology enthusiasts. Their pets are wonderful ambassadors of their individual species, and they invite you, the general public, to have the hands-on and exciting experience of meeting, touching, and even handling them. More info: click here


Green Hat Electronics hosts electronic recycling and document shredding services for schools, churches, non-profits and businesses throughout San Diego County. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with Green Hat Electronics by hosting quarterly e-waste donation events. These events allow our guests and neighbors access to safe electronic recycling and disposal, as well as confidential document shredding services.  On-site paper shredding will be offered for $5/box. Read more about Green Hat Electronics here.

Sports Boosters

Grossmont Center is all about family and events, which is why we support the Sports Booster program. This community organization is dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles among our local youth through after-school sports programs. The program has contributed millions of dollars to athletic departments across the United States. Grossmont Center is proud to contribute to the Sports Boosters Program in support of our communities.

American Medical Response

AMR is partnering with Grossmont Center to help effectively train as many bystanders as possible to provide CPR when the time comes. AMR and the Heartland Fire Department have partnered for years on events that will enable community members to learn Compression Only CPR, which teaches how to properly compress the chest and avoid the use of mouth to mouth ventilation. With a better trained community, more cardiac arrest victims will go home to their loved ones. Our number one goal is to save lives. To find out more, please click here.

Peyton’s Project

Peyton’s Project came about when he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the type Peyton has, attacks the muscles at an accelerated rate. Boys are only affected by DMD and a majority are in wheelchairs by middle school. Grossmont Center is proud to partner with Peyton’s Project and help create awareness and raise money to fight this devastating and fatal disease. To find out more, please click here.

501(c)3 REQUEST

For all 501(c)3 requests, please download the form below and return a completed copy to the address below. If this is a repeat request please include all information about previous donations from Grossmont Center.


If your organization is not a 501(c)3, but you would still like to
request a charitable partnership or donation, please download and submit the form below.


Please download and complete the 501(c)3 request form.

Download 501(c)3 Request Form


Completed applications must be mailed to the following:

Cushman Foundation – Grossmont Shopping Center
10620 Treena Steet, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92131


Please download and complete the Non-501(c)3 request form.

Download NON-501(c)3 Request Form


Completed applications must be mailed to the following:

Cushman Foundation – Grossmont Shopping Center
10620 Treena Steet, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92131


For all non-profit events or sponsorship requests, please contact Grossmont Center at 619-465-2900 or fill out the form below.

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