June 24, 2016 – San Diego, CA – The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced its 6th Annual Grant Awards on Thursday, June 23 providing three nonprofit organizations with a total of $44,945 in funding. The 2016 grants focused on programs that address the well-being of individuals, families and at-risk populations within Chula Vista and meet a timely human service need.

The programs funded include: Brighter Futures for Foster Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates with Voices for Children ($25,000); Domestic Violence Prevention Workshops with Amigas Punto Com ($15,000); Feeding Kids Initiative – Regional School Break program with Feeding America San Diego ($4,945).

“Our community continues to thrive thanks to the support of many like-minded donors and charitable businesses,” highlighted Debbie Espe, new CVCF Board Chair. “Through corporate and individual giving, we are able to maximize the impact of our grantmaking and ensure that the greatest number of Chula Vista residents benefit from our support. This year, we are thrilled to give to programs that prioritize the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents.”

The funded programs follow a 2015 grant cycle that helped increase opportunities for local youth and families to access and explore our natural environment. Among the 2015 grantees was a San Diego Audubon Society after-school enrichment project that provided 400 elementary and middle school students an opportunity to take field trips that taught them about native wildlife and the importance of community stewardship. The program also addressed childhood obesity, a critical public health issue in Chula Vista and our nation.

“Thanks to the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, San Diego Audubon was able to deliver high-quality outdoor education programs to hundreds of youth in the local community that otherwise may not have had the opportunity to explore their local nature spaces,” noted Rebekah Angona, Education Director at San Diego Audobon Society. “Our OutdoorExplore field trips give students a greater appreciation for nature and help them understand why conservation is critical to preserving the quality of life we all enjoy in San Diego.”

CVCF will also partner with the San Diego Padres to host the 2016 Chula Vista Community Series, a major annual fundraiser benefitting the Chula Vista community. As part of the series, discounted game tickets will be available for one game each month throughout the baseball season, and a portion of each ticket sold will benefit worthy causes in Chula Vista through CVCF.

The Community Series’ signature event will be Chula Vista Community Day at Petco Park on Saturday, August 20 when the Padres host the Arizona Diamondbacks. As part of the event, fans will receive Padres gear, including lunch bags and bottle holders. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.padres.com/chulavista.

CVCF is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Chula Vista 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 Chula Vista now and forever.

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

About the 2016 Grantees:

Voices for Children
Brighter Futures for Foster Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates
The grant of $25,000 will help Voices for Children recruit, train and supervise Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster youth with an emphasis on recruitment of Spanish-speaking volunteers. The grant will fully support 10 foster youth in Chula Vista for an entire year, as well as provide case monitoring and assessment for 40 additional foster youth, for a total of 50 foster youth served in Chula Vista.

Amigas Punto Com
Domestic Violence Prevention Workshops
The grant of $15,000 will expand the number of Latina, Spanish-speaking women served through domestic violence prevention workshops, increasing from 50 to 150 women in just one year. The funds will be used specifically to provide women who lack financial resources the opportunity to attend the domestic violence prevention workshops and obtain course materials at no cost.

Feeding America San Diego
Feeding Kids Initiative – Regional School Break program
The grant of $4,945 will fund a mobile farmer’s market school pantry that will distribute food to the 750 households of children attending Castle Park Elementary school during the summer, spring and winter school breaks. These are times when children may go hungry without the daily assurance of a school breakfast and lunch. The food distributed is a minimum of 50 percent fresh produce and at least 23 percent healthy food staples.

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, 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