Happy summer!

The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) just finished its 10th grant cycle, and as we’re set to begin our 2017-2018 cycle, now would be a great time to volunteer for our Grants Committee or Membership Committee if you are interested in getting more involved with CCF.

Recapping the 2016-2017 Grantmaking Process

Here is a spotlight from Grants Chair Gaylen Freeman about the 2016-2017 grantmaking process:

“Through a survey, CCF members expressed overwhelming interest in a grant’s cycle focused on Health & Human Services. As a result, the CCF Grants Committee engaged in extensive research to uncover Carlsbad’s greatest need within that area. An emphasis on addiction and substance abuse was determined to be a major challenge in our community.

“The committee designed a Request for Proposals (RFP) that targeted this issue. In addition, the discovery process made clear that any effective solution would have to involve multi-agency collaboration and a close working relationship with local police and other first responders.

“After reviewing numerous applications and conducting requisite site visits, the Grants Committee found that one applicant achieved our desire for impact far and beyond any of the others. It is an outstanding organization under strong management and with whom we have a history. The organization also has a track record of success with program delivery, and for whom collaboration is second-nature.

“It is with great pride and excitement that the CCF Grants Committee awarded $60,000 to Interfaith Community Services (ICF) to assist drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals in Carlsbad.

“This grant will allow ICF to hire a full-time, first-time social worker/case manager to focus on triage, intervention and placement for substance-addicted individuals. Their $60,000 grant request will support a start-up program within an established organization, focused specifically on Carlsbad, but availing itself of partnerships and resources throughout the region.

“It is a groundbreaking solution to a critical issue within our community. “

Grants Celebration Recap

Interfaith Community Services Grants Check

At its 10th grants celebration, CCF awarded $60,000 to Interfaith Community Services to assist drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals in Carlsbad.

We highlighted 10 years of grant giving and “A Million Reasons to Celebrate” at our 2016-2017 Grants Celebration at the beautiful Flower Fields of Carlsbad. Members and guests were welcomed with a special performance from the Carlsbad High School Drumline, and Past Chair Yvonne Finocchiaro shared the history and accomplishments of CCF.

Since 2008, CCF has granted more than $750,000 to 44 different programs serving Carlsbad.

Thank you to Events Chair Sandy Lund and the sub-committee for the Grants Celebration along with Michelle Velcheck from La Costa Wine for your time and contribution to making this evening a night to remember. A special thank you to all the CCF members and guests for joining us for this special occasion.

Membership Party Recap

CCF board member and founder Dale Isaacs

CCF Board Member and Founder Dale Isaacs poses at the Equinox Membership Social.

At our Membership Social at Equinox, more than 90 attendees enjoyed delicious food and drinks provided by our generous friends at Bushfire Kitchen, La Costa Wine and Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey.

CCF Board Member Justin Peek spoke about the difference we are making in our local community by investing in Carlsbad through CCF membership.

Member Update

Hollyce Phillips

CCF Board Member and Past President Hollyce Phillips.

CCF Board Member and Past President Hollyce Phillips was recently featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune. We are forever grateful for her continued contributions to our local community. Thank you Hollyce!

You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Under 40 member Steve Puterski has helped expand our social reach to Twitter @CBadCharitable. Please follow us for updates and postings about CCF.

Wishing you an enjoyable rest of your summer.


Catherine M. Magaña