May 27, 2014 – San Diego, CA – On Thursday, May 22, the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 7th Annual Grant Awards Celebration providing five nonprofits with more than $25,000 in funding.

These grants will enhance civic leadership, engagement, and volunteerism within the 4SRanch-Del Sur community while meeting needs in the areas of arts, culture and technology. The programs funded include the 3D Design and Model Program at Oak Valley Middle School ($5,000), 4S-Tech-Zone program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($1,000), DNHS Choirs – Leadership through Musical Excellence program at Del Norte High School ($7,000), Helping Hands program at Oak Valley Middle School ($2,715), JA Job Shadow in Technology Fields program at Junior Achievement of San Diego County ($4,000), and Monarch TV program at Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation ($5,600).

“We’re honored to present the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation grants to these outstanding organizations,” said Judy Simeroth, Grants Chair. “Our focus this year was to build community leadership and involvement, while meeting a timely need in the areas of technology, and arts and culture. These grantee programs demonstrate how local organizations are supporting our community in creative ways.”

The grants celebration also marks $150,000+ that 4SCF has granted to the 4S Ranch-Del Sur community with support 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 affiliate foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all 4SCF membership generated grantmaking funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched dollar for dollar.

“Thanks to the generosity of Matt McLaughlin and all 4SCF members, we were able to achieve $150,000 in total impact in our community in just seven years,” said Tanny Joyce, chair of the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation. “We look forward to seeing that number grow, especially with the ability to double our giving. There has never been a better time to become a member.”

Joyce noted that the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in 4SRanch and Del Sur by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit 4S Ranch-Del Sur now and forever.

To become a member, contact Trudy Armstrong at; visit, or call Trudy at (619) 764-8602

About the Grantees

3D Design and Model Program

Oak Valley Middle School

A grant of $5,000 will help Oak Valley Middle School launch the 3D Design and Modeling program, which will build on the fundamentals of design and modeling through the use of ceramics and sculpture. The budget for arts programs was cut in half in the past five years, and this program will give students an opportunity to enhance their creative thought process. The program will empower students to learn the process of innovation by creating designs on paper, crafting physical models using sculpture and ceramics, marketing their artwork through local art shows and the internet, and partnering with local designers and businesses.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

A grant of $1,000 will help the 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club expand the 4S-Tech-Zone technology program. At monthly workshops, SONY employees will give age-appropriate presentations about a different topic – such as website development, internet safety, graphic arts, publisher design, or digital photography – followed by 40-minute supervised practice sessions for students to put their new skills to use. The organization will engage approximately 50 students and about 10 SONY employees passionate about giving back to their community.

DNHS Choirs – Leadership through Musical Excellence

Del Norte High School

A grant of $7,000 will support the newly established Del Norte High School Choirs and create strong leadership opportunities for choral students. The 4SCF funding will help maintain and grow the DNHS All-Choir Student Council, support the Rookie-Maestro mentoring program for choir students, add equipment to the Music Computer Lab, and establish a Tri-M Music Honor Society, which embodies altruism and leadership through music.

Helping Hands

Oak Valley Middle School

A grant of $2,715 will support Oak Valley’s HELPING HANDS elective class. The one-trimester course teaches students to be compassionate, community-minded citizens by engaging with the residents of the Villa Rancho Bernardo Nursing Facility. The 4SCF grant will help purchase equipment – such as bean bags, play parachutes or a karaoke machine – to enhance student-resident engagement. The grant will also help purchase t-shirts for 120 student participants so they can identify themselves as part of this community-service program.

JA Job Shadow in Technology Fields

Junior Achievement of San Diego County

A grant of $4,000 will bring the Junior Achievement Job Shadow program to 4SRanch and Del Sur students, allowing 100 high school and after-school students in 4SRanch and Del Sur to attend three 45-minute classroom sessions on work readiness, career planning and leadership skills. The Job Shadow Day will provide an opportunity for students to visit a local business in technology-related fields so students can learn about STEM opportunities in our community.

Monarch TV

Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation

A grant of $5,600 will expand the Monarch TV program from a periodic production by GATE students to a four-day-a-week program in which all students can participate. The 4SCF grant will be used to purchase technology and equipment to enhance the show. The production of the Monarch TV broadcasts will provide an opportunity for students to use technology in engaging, realworld, project-based learning and strengthen communication both within the school, as well as between the school and the larger community.

About The 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation
The 4SRanch-Del Sur Foundation is part of a network of local affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, each serving the unique needs of communities throughout the region. To join the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation, or obtain more information, please call Trudy Armstrong at (619) 764-8602, or e-mail

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 $660 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 $860 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

Trudy Armstrong, (619) 764-8602,
Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,