Who We Are

As a partner in community change, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is part of a caring community where people are responsible to each other, where all cultures are embraced, and where residents create the future they envision. With a mission of "Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change," JCNI believes that for change to be sustainable, residents must own the vision, plans, and assets in their community.


Founded in 1995, JCNI is an operating nonprofit foundation that works in partnership with the Jacobs Family Foundation and residents of San Diego's Diamond Neighborhoods to build a stronger community through entrepreneurial projects, hands-on learning relationships, and the creative investment of resources. JCNI helps attract and leverage investment while working with residents to build the capacity of individuals, families, and their communities.

Values & Goals

Our work is rooted in the values of:

Our goals are to unite residents, organizations, and funding partners to: