BIA Cares

The Charitable Foundation of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.

Giving back

We build and contribute to projects that facilitate charitable outreach on behalf of San Diego’s building industry.

The Building Industry of San Diego believes in giving back to the community it serves. In 1990, BIA established this 501(c)3, charitable organization to help build a better future for those in need. BIA Cares has donated more than $2.3 million to charitable projects and programs in San Diego County.

BIA Cares has donated over:

to Local Causes
Bikes for Kids
Backpacks for Students
in Scholarships

our members are making a


Here are our latest projects:
Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
Awards to three middle school students and one high school student for projects submitted with building or construction related themes.
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$1,200 in awards
Holiday Bike Drive
Bike distribution to underprivileged children in San Diego County. Organizations who received bikes included: Promises2Kids Foundation,Navy SEAL Family Holiday Program, Sweetwater Elementary, Marine Corp. Holiday Program, StarPAL After School Program, NFL Retired Players Holiday Program, Pro Kids Golf Foundation, Copley-Price YMCA Holiday Program, Barrio Station, USS Monsoor Naval Holiday Program, Urban Street Angels, San Diego Community Solutions Domestic Violence Program.
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231 bikes
Urban Street Angels
Support for transitional housing for S.D. homeless youth (ages 18-25) while engaging them in sustainable job programs (8 West), support services, mental health counseling and integrative medicine.
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Developmental Services Continuum
Funding for window replacement at DSC’s Buena Vista Home which provides support and housing to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
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Noah Homes
Funding to construct and upgrade Noah Homes Training Institute to construct Smart classrooms and purchase technology to create engaging and interactive education programs for their residents who are adults with developmental disabilities.
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Pro Kids Golf Academy – Oceanside
Funding for outdoor lighting at putting green, sort game practice area and The Honors Course to increase overall safety and security for students, families and staff. Pro Kids mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development and life-skills through education and the game of golf.
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BIA Cares

Trapshoot - 2022

BIA Cares held their annual Trapshoot Fundraising event on Friday, August 19th, 2022 at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club. BIA members showed up to the course bright and early for a fun day filled with trapshooting and a little fun competition.

Thank you to our sponsors: H.G. Fenton Company, Jerome’s Furniture, Chelsea Invesment Corporation, Sudberry Properties, Simpson Strong-Tie, and Levitzacks. 

Small donation, Big impact

Join hands to help us build a better San Diego County! Your gift will help us continue to invest in projects and programs that transform communities and lives.
Upcoming Events

BIA Cares Trapshoot

Join BIA Cares in our 9th Annual Trapshoot on August 11th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club.

Registration now available! Only a limited number of spots available to non-sponsors.
1 sponsorship still available. If you are interested, please contact Kellie Coon.
Board of Directors

2023 BIA Cares Board

Ryan Swenson

Simpson Strong Tie

Mark Hartley

Vice President
Shea Homes

Mark Ellis

Petra Geosciences

Veronica Martinez

Past President
H.G. Fenton Company

Nicole Chavez

New West Designs

Angela DiDio

DiDio & Associates

Trish Edmondson

Cornerstone Communities

Jessica Nishiura

Hunsaker & Associates

Philip Szymanski

Architects Orange

Marcia Yafuso Loeffelholz

Hecht Solberg

BIA Cares Life Directors

Karen Amelio

Lora Heramb

Eric Jones

Urban Real Estate Services

Pete Reeb

Clarity Real Estate Advisors

Laura Wilson

Wilson Consulting
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BIA Cares Projects

BIA Cares Donates $24,000 to urban street angels

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Science fair

BIA Cares awarded prizes to three middle school students and one high school student in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. BIA Cares industry professionals judge middle and high school categories pertaining to the construction industry and award cash prizes for those science projects dealing with construction-related problems. 


BIA Cares, the charitable foundation of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, awarded six college and two high school scholarships to deserving students. The students received a combined total of $15,000 from the foundation.

Students, must be full time, from San Diego County or going to school in San Diego and be pursuing a career such as a developer, contractor, architect, civil/structural/soils engineer, designer, interior designer, banker, accountant, land planner, landscape architect, framer, carpenter, plumber, electrician and other real estate and development related professions.  Scholarships are based on qualifications including but not limited to academics, personal achievement and financial need.  To apply for one of the scholarships complete the application below and submit a copy of your transcripts.  The Scholarship Committee will be awarding the scholarships in Fall 2023.

backpack drive

BIA Cares enjoyed another successful fundraising program to support the 9th Annual Backpack Drive. Thank you BIA San Diego members, for your generosity and support of our community. 

bike drive

Because of the generosity of so many of YOU, BIA Cares provided “231” bicycles for 2022’s “BIA Cares Holiday Bike Drive.”  2022 continued to be a challenge for the Bike Drive with our biggest obstacle the supply and availability of bikes. The Bike Drive prevailed due to our long-standing relationship with our Walmart partners.

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Building Industry Association of San Diego County
9201 Spectrum Center Blvd., Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92123

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