June 16, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 8th Annual Grant Awards Celebration on Monday, June 15 providing six nonprofit organizations with a total of $102,200 in funding. The 2015 grants focused on programs which promote healthy lifestyles, and connect, protect, or increase access to nature in Carlsbad.

The programs funded include: Adopt a Stairway with Friends of Cardiff and South Carlsbad State Beaches ($7,500); Science in a Satchel Program with Carlsbad Educational Foundation ($17,900); Kids and Conservation in the Great Outdoors with I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc. ($13,500); Pickleball in the Village with St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church ($23,400); Recycling Education & Infrastructure Program with Carlsbad Educational Foundation and CUSD Grant Writing Collaborative ($29,900); and Reptile Researchers with the Zoological Society of San Diego ($10,000).

“Carlsbad is a rich community that prides itself on its active residents and numerous outdoor spaces,” said Dale Isaacs, Grants Committee Chair. “Our goal with the 8th annual grant making was to prioritize these core tenets of the region by supporting programs that encourage and promote healthy and active lifestyles while increasing awareness and access to the outdoors.”

“Thanks to the support of our resident and corporate members, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation has granted over $635,000 to nonprofits serving Carlsbad,” noted Ray Pearson, Chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. “From investing in education to curbing homelessness, we are proud to tackle issues and support programs that make this community a more vibrant place to live for all ages. Our past grantees are the perfect proof point for this success.”

In 2014, CCF granted over $100,000 to seven nonprofits, including Kids for Peace, Inc. The Kids for Peace grant supported the organization’s Friends Helping Friends project, which hosts a community-wide festival each year to encourage youth leadership and cross-cultural experiences among Carlsbad residents.

“Our annual festival is one of the highlights of the year for children and families from all 40 Carlsbad schools,” highlighted Jill McManigal, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids for Peace. “Thanks to the grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, we are able to promote civic engagement through 4,750 total volunteer hours among 1,000 residents, incorporating interactive community service experiences, collaborative art projects, youth entertainment and 13 different nonprofit showcases.”

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, contact Estela Mitrani at (619) 764-8602, or e-mail estelam@sdfoundation.org.

About the 2015 Grantees:

Recycling Education & Infrastructure for Carlsbad Schools
Carlsbad Educational Foundation and CUSD Grant Writing Collaborative

A grant of $29,900 will provide enhancement and improvement of the current recycling efforts at three Carlsbad middle and elementary schools. The CUSD Grant Writing Collaborative (GWC) will work in partnership with respective school districts and the City of Carlsbad. The grant will provide the GWC with funds needed for the three Carlsbad schools to begin a zero waste lunch and recycling program. Through these programs, Carlsbad schools will teach students and families lifelong conservation and recycling habits, promote healthy lifestyles and ultimately build environmental stewards in Carlsbad for generations to come.

Pickleball in the Village
St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church

A grant of $23,400 will provide for the establishment of two professional pickleball courts at St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church. A racquet sport created for all ages, skill levels, and abilities, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Pickleball is a high-spirited recreational activity that is growing in popularity nationally and internationally. People of all ages — from youth, to adults and seniors — are able to participate in pickleball, making it a unique multi-generational sport. St. Michael’s is currently undergoing a redevelopment project of the frontage property along Carlsbad Boulevard, which will include a park-like environment for neighbors and visitors to enjoy. The grant will provide the central point of this vision with the installation of two professional pickleball courts that would be open for use by all members of the community.

Carlsbad Science in a Satchel
Carlsbad Educational Foundation

A grant of $17,900 will support Science in a Satchel, a unique local program that is a collaborative effort between the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) and San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG). The program will provide all Carlsbad Unified School District second graders with a unique outdoor classroom experience where they will learn about plant adaptation. Teachers and students will review a presentation to prepare them for the 60-minute session, and then will spend time onsite with an experienced SDBG facilitator who will guide them through a hands-on, outdoor lesson in the Desert and Tropical Rainforest areas. Participants will also explore the Hamilton Children’s Garden. This program seeks to enable the participation of all 850 Carlsbad Unified School District second graders during the 2015-2016 school year.

Kids and Conservation in the Great Outdoors
I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc.

A grant of $13,500 will support the I Love a Clean San Diego, Inc. (ILACSD) expansion of its environmental education programs. In collaboration with the Carlsbad Village Boys & Girls Club, ILACSD will conduct two 1-week summer programs at Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs focused on getting kids out into nature and learning about environmental preservation. ILACSD educators will focus on topics such as prevention of storm water pollution, waste reduction and environmental awareness through the creation of a community mural. The program activities are designed to train a new generation of environmental stewards. Completion of the program will include participation in the ILACSD Adopt-a-Beach program by conducting their own beach clean-up. Each camp session would enroll roughly 100 youth, and combined participation in the program would be 200 Carlsbad youth. Projects will allow youth to take an active role in preserving the Carlsbad coastline while encouraging Carlsbad residents to prevent pollution.

Reptile Researchers
Zoological Society of San Diego

A grant of $10,000 will support Reptile Researchers, a new classroom program that features unique reptiles from the Zoo collection and audience participation hosted by a zany Zoo Educator, Dr. Zoolittle. Students will discover how important reptiles are to our local Carlsbad habitats and how, through easy action steps, they can help conserve precious local animals. The additional online curriculum will enhance concepts learned, include additional resources for the classroom, and will spotlight the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core aligned to the program. Over the course of the grant period, this program will reach 50 classrooms in the Carlsbad Unified School District, with students in grades 3-5, and will help cultivate future generations of environmental leaders and stewards.

Adopt a Stairway
Friends of Cardiff and South Carlsbad State Beaches

A $7,500 grant will help support the Adopt a Stairway program to continue to repair the nine remaining stairways at the San Elijo and South Carlsbad State Beaches. These tall bluffside stairways at the campgrounds help ensure beach access for the local community, visitors, and future generations. Millions of people each year use these stairways to surf, walk the beach, engage in California Parks interpretive programs, exercise, and enjoy the views. These stairways have fallen into disrepair due to storms, cliff erosion, and salt air and have not been fully renovated since they were built in 1964. Through a collaborative effort between California State Parks Carlsbad, Friends of Cardiff and South Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB), and the local Carlsbad community, the grant will specifically allow the program to repair the most damaged stairway located at the Carlsbad campground. This will ensure the stairway remains open to the public, and so preserving beach access for the community, visitors, and future generations.

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 build and promote a regional network of community affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership in building endowments, increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, and promoting local and regional civic engagement. Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has established affiliates 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, built endowments of more than $3.8 million overall, and granted more than $3.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region. For additional information, please visit sdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $671 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 $921 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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