From San Diego Public Policy and Fiscal History

The San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation (SDTEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1988 with the purpose of conducting studies and researching activities for the support and benefit of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Mission[edit | edit source]

To conduct fiscal and economic research and analysis of governmental revenue and expenditure policies in San Diego County.

“We are proud to already have broad support from the experts working in the homeless community and philanthropists passionate about addressing homelessness in our region,” said Haney Hong, President and Trustee with the SDTEF. “This is a massive undertaking - but an incredibly necessary one if we want to move the needle on this humanitarian crisis right in our backyard.”

PROS Board[edit | edit source]

The San Diego Public Regional Outcomes Standard Board (PROS Board) was established in 2022 by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation to develop regionally accepted and legitimate rules and methods of reporting outcomes, metrics, and accountability related to social good and public good programs for the Greater San Diego Region.

The first topic area will be homelessness services - an area of great concern to our community. The ultimate goal of the PROS Board will provide the opportunity for San Diegans to trust the standard of care and operations of the many people who are doing good in our region.

What is the impact?

The PROS Board provides the opportunity for everyone to trust the standard of care and operations of the many people who are doing good in our region.

Why are we doing this work?

With more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations in San Diego County, and many governments with objectives to achieve public good, many operate in the same or overlapping space. Yet, it is difficult for the donor, government, community, prospective staff member, potential partner, or service recipient to understand the effectiveness and efficiency of any given nonprofit. The PROS Board helps put forth a regionally accepted standard in each area in order to provide an apples to apples comparison.

Who is doing this work?

The PROS Board was launched by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Each domain and area of study approached by the PROS Board is informed by data scientists to create a collaborative effort of stakeholders that includes community members, elected officials, community leaders, subject matter experts, providers, and, where possible, service recipients.

How are we doing this work?

The PROS Board is akin to a Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) which creates generally accepted methods for financial accounting – creating a consistent, understandable, and trusted construct by which people, organizations, and government entities can evaluate the financial standing of a company to guide their investments, how they choose to spend their money, or who they choose to partner with.