June 23, 2016 – San Diego, CA – The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 9th Annual Grant Awards Celebration on Wednesday, June 22 providing six nonprofit organizations with a total of $70,000 in funding. The 2016 grants focused on programs that enhance local services and promote healthy lifestyles for Carlsbad families and residents.

The programs funded include: Basic Needs Program with Interfaith Community Services ($20,000); musicLIFE with Museum of Making Music ($20,000); Triple Play-Gardening with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad ($7,500); No More Breast Cancer / No Más Cáncer de Mama with Champions for Health ($7,500); Feeding Seniors in Carlsbad with Meals on Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. ($7,500); and Crisis Intervention with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego, Inc. ($7,500).

“This year marks a significant milestone for the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, as we now have granted more than $700,000 back to nonprofits serving the community and helped more than one-third of all Carlsbad residents,” highlighted Ray Pearson, Chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. “By giving together, our friends and neighbors have been able to play an active role in helping our community grow and thrive. And through our endowment fund, we will continue to make an impact for future generations.”

In 2015, more than $100,000 in grantmaking by CCF helped promote community health through outdoor activity and education. Included in the grant recipients was St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church. The Church used grant support from the CCF to build two pickleball courts for all community members – from youth, to adults and seniors – to engage in recreational activity. Pickleball, a sport most often described as a cross between tennis, ping pong, badminton and chess, is designed so that any age and experience level can get out on the court and stay active in the community.

“Thanks to the support from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, we have been able to provide a new form of exercise and community engagement for local families,” noted Rev. Doran Stambaugh, SSC, Rector at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. “The new pickleball courts are a great way for everyone to come together in a positive, healthy atmosphere. We are thrilled to see the response from everyone in Carlsbad thus far.”

CCF is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad now and forever.

To become a member, visit the CCF site or contact Estela Mitrani at estelam@sdfoundation.org.

About the 2016 Grantees:

Interfaith Community Services
Basic Needs Program
With growing rates of homelessness and hunger in Carlsbad, there is a greater need to improve the nutritional security and self-sufficiency of vulnerable Carlsbad citizens. The $20,000 grant will fund a Basic Needs Program that will serve 355 Carlsbad community members over the next year. Basic Needs Program is a wraparound program that fills several gaps in services for the poor. The program is coupled with corresponding case management resources that identify and track progress, and that helps individuals and families achieve long-term self-sufficiency.

Museum of Making Music
A grant of $20,000 will support musicLIFE, a collaboration between the Museum of Making Music (MoMM) and North County Lifeline (NCL) that is designed to help change the lives of two vulnerable youth populations through hands-on music experiences. The two populations–human trafficking clients and young adults transitioning out of foster care—currently receive health services such as trauma-informed case management, advocacy, and basic needs from NCL. MusicLIFE, developed by MoMM, is an additional component in the treatment strategy.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad
Triple Play-Gardening with Rancho Carlsbad Residents
The grant of $7,500 grant will support the Triple Play-Gardening with Rancho Carlsbad Residents program. Every Thursday, Boys & Girls Club members garden with senior citizens from Rancho Carlsbad.  This program emphasizes the relationship of food origin, nutrition and health. The initiative also helps kids learn about gardening, and provides them with weekly exercise and mentoring from seniors.

Champions for Health
No More Breast Cancer / No Más Cáncer de Mama
A grant of $7,500 to the No More Breast Cancer / No Más Cáncer de Mama program will bring breast cancer screenings and mobile mammograms to low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of Barrio Carlsbad, removing barriers to access such as affordability and lack of transportation. This program will educate women on the importance of regular screenings and lifestyle maintenance to prevent breast cancer and increase the survival rate of women who are diagnosed. Champions for Health will provide a minimum of four breast cancer screening events in Barrio Carlsbad, serving more than 100 women.

Meals on Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.
Feeding Seniors in Carlsbad
The grant of $7,500 will purchase food and packaging for 2,830 meals to be delivered to homebound seniors living throughout Carlsbad, accompanied by daily wellness checks with referrals and regular social interaction in the home. Meals on Wheels Greater San Diego continues to be the only organization in San Diego County that delivers meals to seniors for every day of the year, including holidays.

Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego, Inc.
Crisis Intervention
Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) has been active in Carlsbad for over 25 years, incorporating 30 highly-trained volunteers from Carlsbad, and a limited paid staff. The goal is to provide immediate practical and emotional support to individuals experiencing a tragic and traumatic event in their lives. A grant of $7,500 will help TIP conduct two Training Academies to increase local volunteers.

About the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including the Carlsbad Charitable 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, San Ysidro, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 700 members, established endowments of more than $3.6 million overall, and granted more than $3.9 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation promotes and increases effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a more vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $658 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since 1975, The Foundation has granted more than $984 million to the nonprofit community. For more information, visit our website and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org