Ten years ago, community leaders in Carlsbad came together to found the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), giving Carlsbad residents an opportunity to “give where you live” to build a stronger community for all who live, work and play in the area.
The founding members believed CCF had strong potential but didn’t realize exactly how significant its impact would become.
Today, CCF members have generated more than $1.3 million worth of impact to strengthen the Carlsbad community.
Over the years, CCF has supported programs spanning health & human services to environment to arts & culture and beyond.
The first grant cycle focus was youth education, with $43,780 granted to local programs, including $20,000 to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF).
The grant provided the training, materials and necessary equipment to support the development of a viable Carlsbad Middle School Science Olympiad program.
Prior to the CCF grant, “our fledgling program was a ‘David’ in a field of ‘Goliaths’ at the regional competition,” expressed Cynthia Stanley Kasper, CEF fundraising collaborator. “The increased participation made possible by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation brought greater visibility and demand for the Science Olympiad program in Carlsbad as a whole.”
Since that inaugural grant cycle, CCF has gone on to support 44 programs, including:
- $11,900 to Encuentros Leadership to support a STEM Education and Career Exploration program;
- $20,000 to I Love a Clean San Diego to create “Clean Beach Coalition” for the Carlsbad coastline; and
- $14,000 to local nonprofit Kids for Peace to bring the Kindness Matters in Carlsbad to 19 Carlsbad schools.
No matter the area of focus, every CCF grantee shares the common bond of supporting programs dedicated to strengthening the community of Carlsbad today, and for future generations.
CCF members celebrated their 10th Anniversary at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad, announcing the long term goal of growing their impact to $10 million.
If you aren’t a member yet, the Regional Affiliate Program is the perfect way to become an active participant in your community’s growth.