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The Oceanside Charitable Foundation Grants a Record $69,250 to Local Nonprofits

Oct 16

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Oceanside, CA – The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, granted a record $69,250 to three community nonprofits that promote science,technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Oceanside.

The programs – San Diego Coast Keeper’s Project SWELL: Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership ($14,000), MiraCosta College’s STEM Camp ($30,000), and The Kid’s College’s STEM Extended Learning Enrichment Programs ($25,250), were awarded their grants at the 4th Annual Grants Celebration at the home of Steve and Janet Lacy on September 13, 2012.

“We’re extremely proud to support these incredible programs in Oceanside,” said George Brown, Chair of the OCF’s Grants Committee. “The grantees will strengthen teacher ability in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, and will help prepare our students for careers that require these crucial areas of knowledge.”

Now in its fourth year of grantmaking, the OCF has attracted more than 75 members, granted more than $150,000 to Oceanside nonprofits over four cycles of grantmaking, and raised more than $170,000 for a permanent endowment that will support Oceanside causes into the future.

The grants celebration also marked the first distribution of grants in Oceanside from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin of Rancho Bernardo left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all OCF membership generated grantmaking funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, through 2014. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $34,625 to $69,250.

“The Live Here, Give Here program will allow us to have an incredible impact on Oceanside over the next two years,” said Beverly Holtz, chair of the Foundation. “Now is the perfect time to become a member and join the work we are doing within our community to make Oceanside a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

Founded in 2007, The Oceanside Charitable Foundation has more than 75 members who pool their resources on an annual basis to address needs in Oceanside. The foundation strives to bring the people of Oceanside closer to their community by raising philanthropic funds IN Oceanside FOR Oceanside nonprofit organizations. The purpose of OCF is to meet Oceanside’s emerging needs by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work, learn and play in Oceanside.

About the Grantees
San Diego Coastkeeper’s Project SWELL program is a unique hands-on water science education curriculum that trains Oceanside Unified School District teachers to educate elementary school students in preparation for success in an increasingly green economy. Oceanside Charitable Foundation funding will allow the program to expand from fifth to sixth grade. This program will reach 3,000 fifth and sixth grade students at 21 elementary and middle schools in Oceanside Unified School District. In total, approximately 50 science teachers will have access to the science curriculum, hands-on materials, and teacher training needed to implement the Project SWELL program and monitor learning.

Mira Costa College’s STEM Camp will augment Oceanside student interest and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially in minority and under-represented populations. STEM Camp will be primarily for middle and early high-school ages, and will be able to reach more than 300 students during four weeks in July and August 2013. With classes taught by industry professionals and college faculty, camp participants will show increased interest in STEM fields, improved grades in STEM classes at school, and interest in pursuing post-secondary studies in STEM subjects.

The Kid’s College’s STEM Extended Learning Enrichment Programs will provide elementary and middle school students an introduction to science, technology, engineering and math concepts and fundamentals, creating the spark of interest, the sense of accomplishment, and the pride of mastery that will positively influence their approach to education and increase their motivation to pursue further education and interest in STEM subjects. The program will target low-income and GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students, who will participate in extended learning classes that will pair science and math with robotics programming using LEGO robotics kits. The ability to have the technology and curriculum coupled with high quality instruction culminating in an educational experience to LEGOLAND will provide a rich and meaningful experience for Oceanside students.

About The San Diego Foundation’s Community Foundations
The Community Foundations, proud affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, help identify and meet the emerging needs of communities throughout San Diego County by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work and play in the region. The Community Foundations provide their communities with a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts. The foundations are located in Oceanside, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4SRanch-Del Sur. For additional information, please visit

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $570 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $760 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

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