Viejas Gives Back to the Community. It’s the Kumeyaay Way.

The Kumeyaay Indians, whose ancestors welcomed explorer Juan Cabrillo to San Diego with open arms in 1542, continue ancient traditions of hospitality and sharing. These traditions are manifest today through the consistently generous contributions to a wide variety of charitable and community organizations.

Each year the Viejas Band makes philanthropic donations to hundreds of local community groups, schools, service, and civic organizations, as well as charity events sponsored by other commercial businesses. Such support comes directly from the Viejas Tribal Council and its wholly owned business enterprises: Viejas Casino & Resort, Viejas Hotel, Viejas Outlets, Viejas Entertainment and Production, and Ma-Tar-Awa RV/Camper Park.

The following guidelines summarize the preferences, exclusions, and restrictions on the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Community Relations partnership programs, and provide the information needed to prepare a request for funding.


We give preference to requests that meet proven and researched community needs in one of these five areas of focus:

  1. Diversity
  2. Environment
  3. Youth and Seniors
  4. Education
  5. Cultural Preservation

While we give preferences to requests that align with these five areas of focus, we also consider requests outside of these areas. Some examples include support for the Military and Law Enforcement.

Toy Drive 2015

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Viejas Casino and Resort raises over 17,000 toys for the San Diego Community.


Viejas Community & Public Relations places their highest priority in funding specific non-profit programs that meet our guidelines.

Viejas guidelines exclude contributions to:

  • Walks or Runs
  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Organizations that re-grant to other groups or causes
  • Organizations that practice discrimination based on age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, race, color, national origin, or ancestry
  • Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except for programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone and free from religious orientation
  • Educational tuition
  • Government entities, other than schools


Viejas does not provide funds for:

  • General operating expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Loans or loan guarantees
  • Debt reduction or past operating deficits
  • Liquidating an organization

Community Support Requests

To be considered for a donation or sponsorship a written request must be submitted to the Vice President of Community and Public Relations via email, fax, or mail to the address listed below. All requests must be received at least 60 days before the requested donation or sponsorship is needed. Written requests must be either on official organization letterhead or on personal stationery that includes the return address and phone number of the person or organization submitting the request. Your request will be screened and reviewed for consideration.

Requests can be submitted to:

Public Relations
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
5000 Willows Road Alpine, CA 91901
Phone: 619-445-3810
Fax: 619-445-5337

Unfortunately, due to the high number of requests that we receive, it is not always possible to respond in writing or by email to each requestor.

If we accept your request and you represent a non-profit organization, we will contact you for a completed W-9 and a copy of the IRS tax determination letter confirming the non-profit status.