Help Protect Our Coast

Help us oppose the Coastal Commission’s approval of Southern California Edison’s plan to demolish San Onofre spent fuel pools.

Spent fuel pools could be used to contain radiation in an emergency and provide a safe location to repair or replace damaged storage canisters.

Open Letter to California Leaders: Where is the Action on Nuclear Waste?

We stand for the secure containment of radioactive material to ensure the protection of our environment, economy and way of life.

Supporting Science, Education & the Arts

We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Dedicated to Building Community Voices

Voices of Our City Choir

Created in response to the San Diego housing crisis, this choir is changing the perception of homelessness through the healing power of the arts.

Floating Classrooms in Bangladesh

Flooding overwhelms this high-density population in Bangladesh. Discover the innovative system of floating schools which have educated over 90,000 students in monsoon-ridden shoreline communities.

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Third Thursday Newsletter for April 2022

Click here to read about updates on our Kabul School Connection program, San Onofre’s national spotlight, the recent socialization for our Dance Start program, and more.

Third Thursday Newsletter for March 2022

Click here to read our President, Bart Ziegler, comment on Russia’s seizure of nuclear power plants in Ukraine, updates on our resolution for Del Mar to oppose nuclear waste, and more.

Third Thursday Newsletter for February 2022

We are always happy to talk about the Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s great work. Whether it’s demanding solutions for the nuclear waste dump at San Onofre, building bridges between schools in San Diego and Afghanistan, or backing any number of enrichment programs, our advocacy deserves a voice. In our new, Third Thursday Newsletter, we are finding that voice.

January 2022: Charging into 2022

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation wishes you great health and prosperity in 2022. We are excited to build upon the accomplishments of 2021 as we ring in the new year.

November 2021: Join us this Giving Tuesday!

None of our direct advocacy and incubation of change-making organizations could happen without your generosity. As 2021 comes to a close, thank you for continuing to support our diverse programs.

September 2021: Finding the Good after an Unfavorable Ruling

Earlier this month, a Superior Court judge handed down an unfavorable ruling regarding our lawsuit to protect our coast from nuclear waste. Despite this decision, we are not finished fighting for the safety of our community and environment.

August 2021: International News on Nuclear Waste

Check out our latest SLF newsletter to read an international perspective on the issues facing San Onofre and learn more about Coalition for Nuclear Safety’s recent discussion with Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear

August 2021: A Nationwide Pileup of Nuclear Waste

Learn about the national issue of nuclear waste, view endorsements of our current lawsuit, and access resources on San Onofre.

California Tsunami Alert Was Wake-Up Call on San Onofre Flood Risk

The tsunami advisory that woke up the West Coast on Jan. 15 should serve as a wake-up call on flooding dangers at the nuclear waste storage facility in San Onofre. 

The facility is 100 feet from the beach. During high tides, waves crash into an aging bulkhead that separates the sea from the storage vault – a kind of crypt that holds 3.6 million pounds of deadly, radioactive waste. According to Southern California Edison, the sprawling, concrete vault will flood from a storm at high tide.

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National Coverage of SLF’s Lawsuit on MSNBC



On June 3, 2021, SLF’s lawsuit for the improved management of the radioactive waste at San Onofre was featured by Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word (watch here). Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA) joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the environmental and human impact that radioactive waste has on the millions of people who live near San Onofre.

SLF-funded programs connect science, education & the arts to build community voices

As a 501(c)(3), SLF hosts public events, performances, and builds awareness of powerful issues through programs across education, science and the arts.  

Micro-grant funding enables us to have broad outreach. Grants present a critical investment opportunity for inspired individuals and organizations to empower our community.


3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at San Onofre and the threat to public safety


From the microbiome to ecological studies, we fund a wide range of scientific explorations


As a bridge to shared learning, we promote programs from STEAM to garden education


Providing broader access to the arts for all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds


Recognizing outstanding individuals and groups that go above and beyond in their field

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We take great pride in our mission and accomplishments. SLF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and individual community members.  Join our supporters and find out how your donation can have meaningful impact in communities through providing access to science, education, and the arts.