The Conrad Prebys Foundation is committed to improving the lives of and providing opportunities for all San Diegans. Consistent with the legacy of Conrad Prebys, The Foundation is dedicated to meeting community need through impactful grantmaking and strategic initiatives in the focus areas of visual and performing arts, higher education, youth development, healthcare, and medical research.
Inspired by arts of all forms from music, to paintings, to theatre, Conrad was a patron to a plethora of San Diego cultural curators including La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Museum of Art, and The Old Globe (located in the iconic Balboa Park).
Conrad valued education and ingenuity, and The Foundation is proud to continue his work through support of higher education and workforce education including grants to universities, colleges, and vocational/trade schools. His major contributions to San Diego State University fund several endowed scholarships, including for students with entrepreneurial aspirations.
With a childlike spirit himself, Conrad regularly supported the Boys & Girls Clubs in San Diego County, with the East County location being the first-ever recipient of Conrad's burgeoning generosity. With his support, such organizations have been able to continue to provide essential services to children including engagement programs that "promote healthy lifestyles, character development, and academic success."
Conrad made several contributions to major healthcare institutions during his lifetime including Scripps Memorial Hospital for the creation of the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. More recently, The Foundation enacted matching campaigns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure healthcare workers had appropriate PPE and resources to provide quality care at Scripps Health, Rady Children's Hospital, Sharp Healthcare, and UCSD Healthcare.
Dedicated to innovative research in the health sciences, Conrad dreamed of a cancer-free world, a dream his namesake Foundation perpetuates. Landmark contributions over the years have included the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, and to Salk Institute for Biological Studies.