June 1, 2017 – San Diego, CA – Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a record $50,232 in funding to three nonprofit organizations at its 7th Annual Grants Celebration on May 31 at the Barnhart Cancer Center.
This year, CVCF focused on projects that support the physical and mental well-being and educational development of youth within Chula Vista. The programs funded include: Chula Vista’s Opus Afterschool Music Programs with the San Diego Youth Symphony ($25,000); Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps with Living Coast Discovery Center ($13,232); and Parent/Infant Program with The Arc of San Diego ($12,000).
“Thanks to the collective support of our local leaders, friends and neighbors, Chula Vista Community Foundation has granted over $240,000 in the past seven years, allowing us to play an active role in improving the quality of life within our community,” explained Debbie Espe, CVCF Board Chair. “This year, we are excited to support programs that are providing Chula Vista youth with more opportunities to grow and learn.”
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.
About the 2017 Grantees
San Diego Youth Symphony
Chula Vista’s Opus Afterschool Music Programs
Music education is often linked to a wide variety of positive impacts in schools, including higher test scores, stronger engagement in the classroom and a greater sense of achievement. The grant of $25,000 will support the Chula Vista Opus Afterschool Music Program through a unique partnership between San Diego Youth Symphony and Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD). The program will help secure music teachers for each of the CVESD schools, provide increased opportunities for students to learn, and build community by bridging socio-economic and cultural differences among Chula Vista neighborhoods.
Living Coast Discovery Center
Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps
Combining STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education with environmental teaching is an effective tool that enables students to apply their knowledge to learning experiences beyond the classroom. The grant of $13,232 will support the Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps program, providing special recreational opportunities for 28 underserved youth from the Chula Vista Oxford Terrace complex. The grant will give students access to hands-on environmental education and strengthen each child’s mental, physical and intellectual abilities through personal interaction and individualized attention.
The Arc of San Diego
Early detection and education for parents regarding potential developmental delays can significantly impact the lives of at-risk children. The grant of $12,000 will support the Parent/Infant Program, which serves children at risk of developmental delays from birth to age three. Professional therapists will create a lively play environment focused on various elements of development, including fine and gross motor skills, personal and social interaction, self-help, cognition, and language through play to ensure children advance at an equal or healthy rate by the time they reach age three. The grant will support program operations and provide much needed learning supplies such as toys, books, art materials and musical instruments.
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 700 members, established endowments of more than $4 million overall, and granted more than $4.4 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.