The Padres Foundation for Children is the primary source of funding for the club's outreach initiatives in the areas of children's health, education, fitness and youth baseball/softball. The Foundation raises funds through corporate sponsorships and through a number of programs in which fans can participate, including Scoreboard Surprises, an online charitable auction, and the annual Shirts Off Their Backs fundraiser (descriptions below).
During the season, fans can commemorate a special occasion by displaying a message on the Petco Park right field LED board during a Padres home game. Scoreboard messages can be purchased online for a cost of $55 per message, benefiting the Padres Foundation for Children. Payment and requests must be submitted online 48 hours prior to the requested game date. Your credit card will be charged upon the Padres approval of the message.
The Padres Foundation Online Auction features game-used items, jerseys, bats, caps, locker tags and baseballs, and other special items and experiences. Items from other MLB teams are occasionally available. The Online Auction typically runs Opening Day through December, and items change approximately every week, so please check back often! Visit the Online Auction »
If there is a specific item you are looking for, please contact the Padres Foundation.
This year we have introduced the Padres Foundation Prize Wheel. Prior to most home games, for a $5 donation, fans can spin the wheel and win great prizes! All proceeds benefit the Padres Foundation.
$1 Scratcher Tickets for the 15th Annual Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser presented by Sycuan are on sale September 19-23 beginning when the gates open and continuing through the 5th inning each day, while supplies last. Fans have the opportunity to win a 2014 game-worn jersey featuring both the Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn memorial patches off the back of a Padres player or coach.
The 2014 Shirts Off Their Back will take place after the Padres second-to-last home game, September 23.
Proceeds benefit the Padres Foundation Youth Baseball Programs. This will be the 15th year the San Diego Padres have provided the "Shirts Off Their Backs" opportunity for fans. Over the years, the Padres fan support has raised more than $568,000 for the Padres Foundation's programs and initiatives supporting children's recreation, health and education.
The Foundation annually conducts a Garage Sale of unique finds such as jerseys, bats, caps, game-worn items, and other memorabilia. This sale occurs in conjunction with the Padres annual FanFest.
In celebration of Tony Gwynn's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, the Padres commissioned and installed a stunning bronze statue of "Mr. Padre" out in Park at the Park. Thank you to the fans who purchased these special commemorative bricks which surround the Gwynn statue. Locate your Gwynn Plaza brick »
The Padres players and coaches, ownership, and front office staff have a tradition of caring and giving. Active involvement in the community, volunteerism, and generosity of spirit are at the heart of the club's philosophy and philanthropy.
In-kind donations: The club annually supports over 1,200 organizations by providing team memorabilia, autographed items, game tickets, and promotion for charity auctions, raffles, special events, etc. We respectfully request that due to the high volume, all requests much be received 4 weeks prior to the event. For instructions on how to request a donation, please click here.
Event Sponsorship/Funding: Non-profit organizations seeking financial support/sponsorship of a fundraising event or program must submit a letter of request on organizational letterhead and include contact information, event/program description, event date, sponsorship levels, expected attendance, beneficiary information and the organization's non-profit tax identification number. We respectfully request that due to the high volume, all requests much be received 4 weeks prior to the event to allow enough time for review, follow-up and fulfillment. Submitting a request does not guarantee that you will receive a donation. For further instructions on how to request sponsorship/donation, please click here.