Escondido Charitable Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Escondido Charitable Foundation 10th Anniversary
(Left to right) Escondido Charitable Foundation Board Members Lisa Ruder, Rita Bowcock, Susan Greenstein and Donna Aeling pause for a photo at ECF's annual grants celebration at Orfila Winery.

Ten years ago, community changemakers in Escondido, such as Bob Wilson and Jack Raymond, founded the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) to give residents a unique way to give back to the place where they live, work and play.

Fast forward to today, and ECF has become a shining example for community giving throughout the region.

Since its inception, ECF members have had a $2.7 million impact in their home community.

To do this, ECF provides funds annually to community organizations and causes, and more importantly gives community members a vehicle for gifts that will benefit Escondido now and forever.

In just 10 years, ECF has supported 60 nonprofit programs that help improve the quality of life in Escondido.

Addressing Critical Needs

On September 22, over 200 members, community leaders and residents came together to celebrate the 10-year milestone at the ECF annual grants celebration.

In addition to looking back at the decade of success, ECF members looked forward to the impact that the 2016-2017 grantees will have in the community.

Awarding a total of $210,000 to nonprofits in the region, the 2016-17 grant cycle focused on programs that prevent homelessness and promote housing stability in the Escondido community.

As part of the event, ECF created a video to highlight the seven grantees and their programs for the upcoming year.

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If you aren’t a member yet, the Regional Affiliate Program is the perfect way to become an active participant in your community’s growth, wherever you live.

Totaling more than 700 members, affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur.

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