May 17, 2018 – San Diego, CA – Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced $55,000 in grants that will help strengthen the regional economy by providing job training and workforce development resources to Chula Vistans of all ages and backgrounds. The grants were announced at the 9th Annual CVCF Grants Celebration on May 16 at the new, state-of-the-art Reminiscence Therapy facility, Glenner Town Square.

Located just seven miles from downtown San Diego and Tijuana, Chula Vista is at the epicenter of the cross-border region and the international economy that flows through it. By investing in programs that facilitate job growth and development in Chula Vista, CVCF is creating a direct link between charitable giving and the future of the region.

“As Chula Vista continues to grow, it’s vital that we provide our residents with the resources and tools they need to thrive in this vibrant economy,” shared Debbie Espe, CVCF Board Chair. “The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation and its members believe in the importance of supporting programs that improve the quality of life for all Chula Vistans, and by investing in the people that make up our workforce today, and into the future, we are strengthening that commitment to the community.”

The 2018 grantees include:

Accion San Diego ($10,000)
The $10,000 grant to Accion San Diego will help strengthen the roots of emerging entrepreneurs and allow them to thrive in their communities, creating social and economic change. Through a Microlending Program, Chula Vista entrepreneurs will be provided the tools and resources to improve their quality of life by generating income, improving or establishing their credit scores, and better managing their businesses due to the education and capital they receive.

Outdoor Outreach ($9,835)
The $9,835 grant to Outdoor Outreach will help increase opportunities for Chula Vistans to be physically active, create a space for youth to grow through mentorship, and develop the necessary skills to become stronger, healthier and more resilient members in the community. Working with local schools and agencies, Outdoor Outreach will connect youth in Chula Vista with nature-based job training and employment through its Leadership Program.

San Diego Futures Foundation ($5,000)
The $5,000 grant to San Diego Futures Foundation will help improve lives and strengthen career preparedness by making information technology available to underserved populations in Chula Vista. Through the Chula Vista Digital Literacy Program, local nonprofit organizations, disadvantaged small businesses, low-income households, people with disabilities and seniors will be provided technology equipment, training, support, IT outsourcing and digital media services.

South County EDC ($30,165)
The $30,165 grant to South County EDC will help the organization identify Chula Vista residents who are currently seeking employment or obtaining federal assistance and train them to work in a National City eye glass manufacturing company or other similar locations. The grant program will provide residents with the training and mentorship they need to move toward self-sufficiency and future employment.

CVCF is supported by local philanthropists and businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Chula Vista. Since its inception, members have granted more than $300,000 to nonprofit organizations working in the community to grow a more vibrant region. In addition, earlier in 2018, CVCF and its members celebrated a significant milestone as it surpassed $500,000 in its permanent endowment fund, which will support impactful programs in Chula Vista in perpetuity.

To become a member of CVCF, visit the website or contact Estela Mitrani at

About the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista 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 and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $4.6 million overall, and granted more than $5 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 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,