June 25, 2014, San Diego, CA – On Tuesday, June 24, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 7th Annual Grant Awards Celebration and awarded $104,000 to seven local nonprofits.

These grants will help to catalyze greater leadership, engagement, and volunteerism within the Carlsbad community. The programs funded include Rotational Shelter Program at Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego ($10,000), CHSTV program at Carlsbad High School Television Booster Club ($10,200), Friends Helping Friends project at Kids for Peace, Inc. ($11,900), STEM Education & Career Exploration program at Encuentros Leadership ($11,900), Carlsbad Science Day at Carlsbad Educational Foundation ($20,000), Clean Beach Coalition project at I Love A Clean San Diego ($20,000), and ENGAGE CARLSBAD! Connecting Commerce and the Community program at Sustainable Surplus Exchange ($20,000).

“We’re honored to present the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation grants to these outstanding organizations,” said Dale Isaacs, Grants Committee Chair. “CCF is grounded in the belief that community leadership and volunteerism are the building blocks for broader community engagement. These grantee programs demonstrate how local organizations are supporting our community in creative ways.”

The late Matt McLaughlin left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by affiliate foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the Live Here, Give Here Matching Program, all CCF membership generated grantmaking funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched dollar for dollar.

“From improving quality of life to rejuvenating the bonds of our communities, the contributions of our members stimulate a sense of common purpose by bringing people in Carlsbad together to address essential needs,” said Pam Valinet, chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation.

Valinet noted that the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation 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, contact An Lu at anl@sdfoundation.org; visit www.CarlsbadCharitableFoundation.org, or call An at (760) 929-2800.

About the Grantees

Rotational Shelter Program
Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego

A grant of $10,000 will increase public awareness of homelessness in Carlsbad and support and expand community participation in the Interfaith Shelter Network’s (ISN) emergency shelter program. The Interfaith Shelter Network Rotational Shelter Program currently provides case managed emergency shelter for situationally homeless individuals and families in the North County Coastal area between October and May each year, engaging more than 700 volunteers. In order to increase participation in Carlsbad, ISN will provide monthly speakers at service organization meetings and local congregations, develop new support structures based on input from participating organizations, and create and distribute information about homelessness in Carlsbad in order to strengthen existing collaborations and form new community partners.

Carlsbad High School Television Booster Club

With a grant of $10,200, Carlsbad High School (CHS) Broadcast Journalism students will plan, film, capture, and edit stories about local volunteerism. Innovative, high-quality news stories focused on volunteerism will air on Carlsbad High School TV’s (CHSTV) daily news program. CHSTV is produced by 80 CHS students, directly benefitting a viewing audience of more than 3,200 students, 100 teachers, and countless community members. With effective reporting, CHSTV will be able to raise community awareness of our local volunteer organizations and also inspire students and community members to take responsibility and volunteer locally.

Friends Helping Friends
Kids for Peace, Inc.

A grant of $11,900 will support Kids for Peace’s second annual Friends Helping Friends Festival, a one-day community event to inspire service in Carlsbad residents. Kids for Peace, Inc. emphasizes youth leadership, cross-cultural experiences, arts, service, and caring for our Earth to youth. The festival, to be held in the fall in Alga Norte Park, will feature hands-on “service stations,” a citywide collaborative art project, youth entertainment, nonprofit spotlights, and local food vendors. Kids for Peace, Inc. hopes to engage families from all 40 Carlsbad schools, to host at least 12 nonprofit service stations, and to generate long-term volunteers for Carlsbad nonprofits as a result of the festival.

STEM Education & Career Exploration
Encuentros Leadership

A grant of $11,900 will enable Encuentros Leadership to improve educational outcomes for struggling Latino male students in Carlsbad, with a specific focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Encuentros Leadership seeks “to encourage and support Latino boys to achieve optimal performance in education.” Over the course of the grant period, Encuentros Leadership will recruit and train at least 25 new community volunteers to its STEM Education and Career Exploration program, provide 350 middle and high school students with a hands-on STEM activity, and engage 40 Latino fathers in a father-son bilingual STEM education activity.

Carlsbad Science Day
Carlsbad Educational Foundation

A grant of $20,000 will enable the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to expand “Science Day,” a day filled with presentations and hands-on activities, to all nine Carlsbad Unified School District Elementary Schools. CEF is the largest private supporter of science initiatives in the district. From dissecting squid and extracting DNA from strawberries to learning about silicon chips and observing swine lungs, participating students will have an opportunity to learn about science in an engaged way. Only a small number of schools can raise enough parent donations to offer Science Day and the CCF grant will allow the CEF to recruit enough volunteers to present the event at all nine schools, reaching more than 3,000 students.

Clean Beach Coalition
I Love A Clean San Diego

A grant of $20,000 will allow I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) to provide residents, as well as campers and park visitors, the opportunity to engage in five cleanups along the Carlsbad coast. ILACSD was developed in 2008 to tackle summer pollution problems facing the beaches of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach during Fourth of July and other holiday weekends. Carlsbad beaches and park areas have identified a similar need for a more comprehensive plan to prevent pollution from making its way into the ocean during popular summer holiday weekends. The goal of this program is reconnect the Carlsbad community to their local coastline through meaningful community volunteerism. ILACSD proposes to increase volunteer participation during the grant cycle by 75%.

ENGAGE CARLSBAD!Connecting Commerce and the Community
Sustainable Surplus Exchange

A grant of $20,000 will allow Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) to launch ENGAGE CARLSBAD!, a new program that will expand SSE’s engagement with Carlsbad businesses, their employees, and the community. SSE is a Carlsbad-based nonprofit that connects the business community with the educational and nonprofit community through a recycling process which benefits both the organizations and the environment. ENGAGE is a reuse/ recycle campaign that will foster corporations’ social responsibility and engage their employees in volunteerism and sustainability. ENGAGE! Enlists the participation of employees to collect reusable/recyclable items to be repurposed back into Carlsbad schools and nonprofits by SSE. Over the course of the grant period, SSE will engage 11 local companies and benefit at least 25 Carlsbad organizations.

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 Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro,  and 4SRanch-Del Sur.  For additional information, please visitsdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations.

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, more than 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 $876 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

An Lu (anl@sdfoundation.org), (760) 929-2800
Heather Back (heather@sdfoundation.org), (619) 235-2300
Vince Heald (vheald@behmedia.com), (858) 453-9600