For Immediate Release

June 3, 2020 – San Diego, CAThe 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 13th year of giving by granting $16,500 to strengthen the health, well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in the 4S Ranch and Del Sur communities. Grantmaking supports six nonprofit programs in 4S Ranch and Del Sur, as well as $1,000 to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

“For more than a decade, 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation members have contributed their time, talent and treasure to enhance our community and strengthen quality of life for all our residents,” shared 4SCF Board Chair Theresa Burke. “This year’s grants reflect an ongoing commitment to support all generations of 4S Ranch and Del Sur residents, while also responding to the long-term challenges of the coronavirus crisis.”

4SCF 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 and Del Sur now and forever. In the past decade, 4SCF members have granted more than $300,000 to nonprofit organizations working in the community to grow a more vibrant region.

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The 2020 grantees include:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County ($5,000)

The grant will help Big Brothers Big Sister match youth in 4S Ranch with mentors that will provide support in college and workforce preparation; soft skill development and coaching; as well as health, behavioral and resilience support.

Zoological Society of San Diego ($4,500)

The grant will bring the San Diego Zoo Safari Express therapy outreach program to senior care facilities in 4S Ranch and Del Sur. The program allows seniors who are unable to visit the Zoo or Safari Park to benefit from one-on-one animal interactions and activities that strengthen their quality of life and well-being.

Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve ($2,500)

The grant will introduce community members in 4S Ranch and Del Sur to nearby nature trails and open spaces through guided nature walks, school field trips and volunteer opportunities that support the science curriculum in schools.

Poway Unified School District Running Clubs ($1,500)

The grant will support running clubs and running club sponsorships at four elementary schools in 4S Ranch and Del Sur, including Design39Campus, Del Sur, Monterey Ridge and Stone Ranch. According to the Center for Disease Control, many children today don’t get enough exercise and the result is a rise in childhood obesity. Running Club programs help reverse these health trends by motivating children to be active, as well as teaching young people to set long-term goals and put in the effort to reach them.

The Burn Institute ($1,000)

The grant will provide 1,500 youth in 4S Ranch and Del Sur with fire and burn prevention education and workshops. In partnership with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, the program teaches youth how to protect themselves and their families against preventable burns, how to prepare for and act during a home fire emergency, and the consequences of playing with fire.

Del Norte High School Music Boosters ($1,000)

The grant will enable Del Norte High School Music Boosters to upgrade their music program facility and equipment that is used to transport instruments for tournaments, festivals and competitions. Now serving 250 youth, the program provides students with opportunities to pursue their passions and support the community through outreach programs.

San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund ($1,000)

The grant will help provide resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.


About the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.


Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,