November 21, 2014 – San Diego, CA – La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced inaugural grants of $35,000 were awarded on November 20 to five local nonprofits serving the La Jolla community at a ceremony at Madison Gallery.

The grants will increase knowledge and application of both the arts and science in La Jolla. The programs funded include: La Jolla Family Science Nights program by Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ($5,000); Outside the Lens at Muirlands Middle School by Outside the Lens ($5,600); 2015 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour by La Jolla Playhouse ($7,500); Beach Physics & BEWISE programs by UC San Diego – Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination ($8,300), and Muirlands STE(A)M for Students and Teachers by Muirlands Foundation, Inc. ($8,600).

“We’re thrilled to present the first La Jolla Community Foundation grants to these deserving organizations,” LJCF Grants Advisory Task Force Chair Susan McClellan shared.. “LJCF members decided to fund arts and science programs to benefit the general population of La Jolla with this grant cycle. These grantee programs show how local organizations are supporting our community in creative ways.”

The LJCF Grants Advisory Task Force received a total of 44 Letters of Intent for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. After thorough vetting and review, the committee presented a ballot to the entire LJCF membership to determine the final awards.

“Funding from the La Jolla Community Foundation makes it possible for STE(A)M outreach programs from the UC San Diego Clarke Center for Human Imagination to flourish,” Director of the Clarke Center Sheldon Brown explained. “The Beach Physics program will be a unique and special bridge between the citizens of La Jolla and the university to explore the cool physical science happening along the coast. Through these types of local partnerships, we hope to inspire young minds, expand our daily realities, and motivate imaginative thinking in our community.”

LJCF donations are raised in La Jolla, and all decisions surrounding the grants awarded are made by members of this pooled philanthropy program. The goal of LJCF is to leverage small resources to have a big impact.

LJCF welcomes new members to join them in the significant impacts they are making.

“Being a member of LJCF allows you to have a voice in how grant monies are distributed,” LJCF Chair Phyllis Pfeiffer remarked. “The La Jolla Community Foundation allows members to pool their resources to make a lasting and effective impact on the community through grants to benefit La Jolla residents.”

To become a member, contact Julie Bronstein at; visit, or call Julie at (619) 814-1348.

About the Grantees

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
La Jolla Family Science Nights
The $5,000 grant will provide for five Family Science Nights, serving a total of 3,000 participants. Four of these Family Science Nights will take place at schools in La Jolla and the fifth will take place at another community resource, such as the La Jolla Library. Family Science Night brings children, parents, and teachers together for hands-on science experiences in a fun, educational atmosphere.

Outside the Lens
Outside the Lens at Muirlands Middle School
With a grant of $5,600 Outside the Lens (OTL) will enrich its current programming at Muirlands Middle School by incorporating a career-readiness unit that will allow 70 students to explore, through photography, La Jolla’s thriving biotech, medical and marine science industries through two fieldtrips and six prep sessions. Under the guidance of an OTL expert media instructor, students will learn Design Thinking and how to apply this technique to drive innovative solutions in STEM fields.

La Jolla Playhouse
2015 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour
With a $7,500 grant, La Jolla Playhouse will expand the POP Tour program in 2015, to the following public La Jolla elementary schools: Bird Rock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines. The POP Tour will engage more than 1,500 students by bringing both art and science into the classroom through performance and workshops. The goal of the POP Tour is to fill the void in arts education in San Diego schools and encourage children to understand theatre, develop life skills, and form a life-long appreciation of the arts.

UC San Diego / Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Beach Physics & BEWISE
With an $8,300 grant, the Beach Physics Pop-ups and BEWISE Overnight with Physics Girl programs will be brought to middle and high-school students in La Jolla. There will be a total of 80 slots available for students to participate in these programs. Emerging spontaneously at the beach, Beach Physics Pop-ups will bring low-tech labs that engage students and their parents in the remarkable physics phenomena right under their toes. The second program is BEWiSE Overnight with Physics Girl: With Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE). This event for middle school girls will be hosted by Beach Physics Creative Director Dianna Cowern, the award-winning “Physics Girl” on YouTube.

Muirlands Foundation, Inc.
Muirlands STEAM for Students and Teachers
Muirlands Foundation seeks to support the improvement of instructional methods and integrate learning for Muirlands students by providing them with tools that facilitate real-world application, critical thinking, and joyful learning. The $8,600 grant will help purchase six digital microscopes, three digital microscope kits, nine LabQuest mini-middle school kits and teacher guides. Kits include 100 LabQuest popular experiments aligned to new science standards, connecting math, science, and visual learning applied to real world problem solving.

About the La Jolla Community Foundation & the Regional Outreach Program
The Regional Outreach program, including 4SRanch-Del Sur Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to build and promote a regional network of community affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership in building endowments, increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, and promoting local and regional civic engagement. Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has established affiliates in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Outreach program has exceeded 700 members, built endowments of more than $3.4 million overall, and granted more than $3.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region. For additional information, please visit

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $661 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $894 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-890-1378,