Greetings, I am excited to begin my second year as the Chair of the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF).

This is going to be an exciting year, as the Escondido Giving Arch goes up and we celebrate our 13th year of grantmaking in the community.

Joseph Giamanco

Pictured above: Joseph Giamanco

First, I would like to announce that Joseph Giamanco, President of North County Insurance Escondido, has been chosen to take over ECF leadership after I complete my second year as Chair. Please join me in congratulating Joe as he prepares to start his term on July 1, 2020.

It was also great to see so many ECF members at the Ballot Presentation at the Vineyard on June 26. We had a wonderful time and now look forward to our Grants Celebration on September 26. Please save the date for this fabulous event that will be held at the California Center for the Arts.

Lastly, I want to remind all members about the Membership Plaque on the soon-to-be-built Escondido Giving Arch. All ECF members whose donations are current as of September 26 will be listed on the plaque. To learn more, visit or contact Trudy at

Grantee Spotlight

In 2017, ECF members provided a grant to Encuentros Leadership to support the Young Emerging Latino Leaders Father/Son Project, which is an intervention of five culturally-relevant programs developed by Encuentros Leadership to strengthen the culture of learning, service leadership and self-esteem among Escondido Latino males in grades 6-12.

Thanks to the grant, the organization served over 170 young Latino men, their fathers and partner individuals. In addition, a total of 48 students were served through our Leadership Academy, Teacher Academy and Engineering Academy combined.

“The implementation of our three Academies would not have been possible without the support of ECF’s grant,” explained Encuentros Leadership Director Roberto Rivas. “ECF’s support allowed Encuentros to increase capacity and offer well-deserving Escondido students a life-changing experience at CSU-San Marcos (Teacher Academy), University of San Diego (Leadership Academy) or UC San Diego (Engineering Academy). For the first time in our 16-year history, we admitted continuation students from Valley High School in Escondido. None of this would have been possible without the support of ECF funding. Thank you!”

Thank you to all the ECF members who helped make this impact possible.

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