Greetings Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) members and friends! I hope that your 2021 is off to a good start.

Thank you to those that were able to join us at our virtual charcuterie and cheese event. It was so great to connect with many of you – even if it was online. I especially enjoyed hearing from our past grantee and the recipients of the Rising Star Award. What exceptional young members of our community!

We are especially proud that award recipient and speaker, Isabella “Bella” Niems, joined CCF – our first student member! We also welcomed Natori Moore and Robert Bruning as new members, welcome to you all!

The CCF Grants Committee members are also off to a fast start. Over the holidays, they reviewed 48 applications received in response to our call for programs that support COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts for Carlsbad residents. They will begin virtual site visits for 10 organizations in the coming weeks. I am so appreciative to our incredible Grants Committee volunteers and the time they commit to our community. More to come on that.

Please enjoy our member feature and grantee spotlight – Bella Niems and Kids for Peace Grandfriends Kindness Project, funded in 2018-2019 grant cycle. I am left inspired by both. I hope you agree and feel proud of what we do as investors in our community.

Member Spotlight: Bella Neims

Bella Niems recently moved from Escondido to Carlsbad in 2017. Since then, she has spent her last four years at Sage Creek High School and will be graduating this year with the hopes of pursuing a degree in business with the intent to become CEO of a nonprofit organization.

Niems’ recent endeavors include being the Community Coordinator for a grocery delivery service called Grocery Grab and creating her own organization called Holidays for the Homeless.

Niems joined CCF in order to better connect and serve her community, and she hopes to make a sizable impact during her time here in Carlsbad. 

“By joining CCF, I hope that I can serve our community on a larger scale and be able to hear problems and find solutions with our team of dedicated members,” Niems shared.

To learn more about CCF’s new “Student” Membership Level, please contact Estela Mitrani at

Grantee Spotlight: Kids for Peace

With the generous support of CCF and its members, the Kids for Peace Grandfriends Kindness Project has been able to change the lives of youth and seniors alike both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grandfriends Kindness Project is an intergenerational program that connects younger and older Carlsbad citizens, offering an uplifting opportunity to work together to create a culture of kindness and unity.

After the COVID-19 lockdown kept intergenerational duos from completing acts of kindness in-person, Kids for Peace recognized the need to keep the senior community engaged and feeling loved now more than ever. The organization quickly pivoted and launched the Loving Letters for Grandfriends program, a pen-pal style letter exchange between youth and seniors.

A remarkable 564 families signed up to send 1,966 loving letters to 288 Grandfriends!

With CCF funding, the Grandfriends Kindness Project was able to build a sense of community during these trying COVID-19 times, provide an opportunity for intergenerational duos to connect and learn about each other, and celebrate their friendships.

They thank CCF and its members for their support, and they hope to continue bringing generations of Carlsbad citizens together for years to come.