November 26, 2014 – Chula Vista, CA – The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced 2014 achievements, including record highs for its community endowment fund and membership.

With a current value of $300,000, the CVCF Endowment Fund will support grantmaking and nonprofit organizations serving the Chula Vista community in perpetuity. In November, $100,000 was raised at an event honoring Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox through fundraising and a matching grant from the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation. Mayor Cox is a dedicated champion of CVCF, and led establishment of the affiliate with The San Diego Foundation.

To date, more than 111 founding members have joined CVCF, a significant milestone for the affiliate with an ongoing mission to improve the quality of life in Chula Vista by promoting and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.

CVCF members commit to contribute dues of at least $1,000 per year for five years to the affiliate. Fifty percent of dues go into the endowment fund which supports the needs of the Chula Vista community for years to come. The other 50 percent of dues are pooled for annual grantmaking to Chula Vista nonprofit organizations.

“There are no words to express my gratitude for those who support this valuable endowment through their membership and the extraordinary generosity of those who helped raise more than $100,000,” Mayor Cox praised. “Growing this community endowment creates a savings account to serve Chula Vista over the long term.”

Since 2011, CVCF has granted more than $100,000 to eight nonprofit organizations serving Chula Vista. Each year’s grant cycle has a different focus ranging from health and human services, to community engagement and the environment.

“The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation allowed I Love A Clean San Diego to offer meaningful volunteer opportunities for Chula Vista residents of all ages to give back to their community,” I Love A Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson explained. “Foundation funds gave I Love A Clean San Diego the opportunity to expand our Adopt-A-Canyon program into Chula Vista to provide safe and clean places for youth and families to discover and enjoy.”

“Reaching these milestones shows our members’ commitment to Chula Vista not only today, but a promised commitment for the future,” CVCF Chairman Michael Meacham shared. “The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation is made up of community members who live, work, and play in Chula Vista and want to see this community thrive.”

For information on becoming a member, visit or contact Zaneta Salde Encarnacion or (619) 814-1328.

About the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program
The Regional Outreach program, including the Chula Vista 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 Outreach program has exceeded 700 members, built endowments of more than $3.4 million overall, and granted more than $3.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region. For additional information, please visit

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 $661 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 $894 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-890-1378,