November 1, 2018 – San Diego, CA – Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced a call for Letters of Intent for its 13th annual grant cycle.

Every year, ECF invites nonprofit organizations and agencies to submit proposals for initiatives that enhance Escondido through programs, activities and/or events that create connections, increasing civic engagement to build a stronger community.

Research shows that youth, young adults and seniors who have meaningful, positive relationships in their lives have better mental and physical health outcomes; are more active in the community; are less likely to be involved in isolating behaviors; and feel an increased sense of belonging. In addition, vibrant neighborhoods and community gatherings strengthen quality of life by creating opportunities for residents to participate in and support the common good. By focusing on these aspects of community life, the ECF grants cycle will help build a shared sense of community among Escondido residents.

Successful applications will foster community participation and volunteerism, break down walls and silos that exist in the region, demonstrate collaboration and unite Escondido as a whole. Eligible nonprofit organizations serving Escondido may submit proposals of $15,000 to $35,000.

Guidelines for the Letters of Intent are available here.

ECF is also hosting a Voluntary Informational Workshop on November 14 at the Raymond Center for Philanthropy to answer questions about the grant process and help organizations who are considering applying. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Tiffany Cummings at by November 13.

Access the online submission form here or contact Kerri Favela at to learn more about the grant cycle. The deadline for Letter of Intent submissions is January 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

About the Escondido Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

Regional Affiliate Program, including the Escondido Charitable Foundation, was established 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,