For Immediate Release

October 8, 2020 – San Diego, CA – Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $302,825 in funding during its 14th year of giving. The 2020 grantmaking, which is the highest amount ECF has ever granted to the community in one year, will support 17 programs strengthening the environment in Escondido and addressing the impacts of COVID-19.

 “Since 2006, the Escondido Community Foundation has served as a catalyst for community impact that addresses the needs of those who live, work and visit Escondido,” explained Jack Raymond, Board Chair for ECF. “Early in 2020, our members decided to focus the annual grantmaking on environmental initiatives but once the pandemic hit, our members sprung into action to expand our grantmaking and help families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. This historic generosity is a testament to the spirit of everyone in Escondido.”

In 2020, ECF members also celebrated the dedication of the 40-foot by 108-foot Giving Arch in Escondido, which recognizes the generosity and community spirit of Escondido residents. The arch was a multi-year project that

complemented ECF’s past grant cycles, which invested in programs and projects that focused on enhancing the Escondido community. 

Through 14 years of grantmaking, ECF has addressed a wide range of community issues including health and human services; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education; access to the outdoors; advancing arts & culture and more. ECF was founded to provide community members with a vehicle to increase effective and responsible philanthropy in Escondido. Since 2006, ECF has granted more than $2.7 million and generated $5.4 million in impact to strengthen the community.

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About the 2020 Grantees:

EcoLife Conservation

Environmental Education & Food System Awareness Through Classroom Aquaponics

The $25,000 grant will connect students with their food systems, empower them to nurture living things, and foster greater care and concern for the environment .

Friends of Daley Ranch

Opening Young Eyes to Nature in Escondido

The $25,000 grant will help provide students with fun and engaging opportunities at Daley Ranch that help young people learn about the natural environmental through exploration.

San Pasqual Union School

Interactive Science Garden

The $25,000 grant will enhance the Interactive Science Garden that provides students with hands-on experiences and engages them in interactive projects linked to Next-Generation Science Standards

Escondido Creek Conservancy

Habitats: A Program for All Escondido Union District 3rd Graders

The $24,000 grant will help foster stewardship among Escondido youth so that the next generation will become leaders for a healthier, more vibrant, and more sustainable community and planet.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Water & Environmental Education Workshops for Children in Escondido

The $20,825 grant will provide youth in Escondido with virtual workshops and individualized supply kits so that they have the tools and resources needed to become environmental stewards.

Coastal Roots Farm

Environmental STEM Education Programs

The $17,500 grant will provide Escondido students with virtual farm visits to give youth a deeper appreciation and awareness of food plants and motivate good stewardship of nature and the environment.

I Love a Clean San Diego

Food for Thought

The $17,500 grant will address food waste and food insecurity in Escondido by prioritizing social, environmental and economic solutions that help Escondido families in need.

San Diego Zoo Global

Exploring Conservation Science Program for 8th Grade EUSD Students

The $15,000 grant will give young prospective biologists the opportunity to apply their textbook knowledge of biology and chemistry to real work scenarios in conservation science. The San Diego Zoo Global science education programs are fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and help open their minds to the exciting world of conservation science through active discovery

Additional grantmaking is supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Grants include:

  • Escondido Union School District – $40,000
  • Feeding San Diego – $20,000
  • Interfaith Community Services – $20,000
  • COVID-19 Community Response Fund – $17,000
  • The Salvation Army Escondido – $15,000
  • Neighborhood Healthcare – $10,000
  • Palomar Health Foundation – $5,000
  • San Diego Futures Foundation – $5,000
  • Front Line Appreciation Group – $1,000