November 8, 2016 – La Jolla, CA – On Thursday, November 3, the La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 3rd Annual Grant Awards Celebration at La Valencia Hotel providing three nonprofit organizations with a total of $40,000 in funding. LJCF focused its 2016-2017 grantmaking on projects that improve the beautification of La Jolla.

The programs funded include: Golden Opportunity Capital Campaign with La Jolla YMCA ($18,500); The Ploughman Sculpture and Garden Restoration at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with the Regents of the University of California, UC San Diego ($18,500); and New Library Signage for the La Jolla Branch Library ($3,000).

“Through a competitive grant cycle over the past three years, La Jolla Community Foundation has granted more than $100,000 to 13 programs enhancing community aesthetics in La Jolla,” shared Susan McClellan, LJCF Grants Chair. “Combined with an additional $548,000 in grants to special projects in La Jolla, including the Murals of La Jolla, LJCF members are directly improving the lives of those who live, work or attend school in La Jolla.”

Friends of Coast Walk Trail is one of the recent grantees. In 2015, Friends of Coast Walk Trail received a $4,500 grant from LJCF to restore and enhance the safety of Coast Walk Trail. The grant was used to preserve and replant the coastal bluffs north of Devils Slide southward from Devils Slide to the Cave to ensure the continued use and enjoyment for the community today and in the future.

“Working with city permitting authorities and community organizations such as the La Jolla Community Foundation has resulted in the preservation and enhancement of our local environment,” shared Dr. Paul Teirstein, CFO at Friends of Coast Walk Trail. “To date, funding from LJCF has provided over a thousand walkers and visitors to Coast Walk Trail a safer path to be able to view the beauty of La Jolla.”

LJCF is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and connection among La Jollans to enrich the environmental, social and cultural experience in the community. LJCF also provides La Jolla community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts, and encourages creation of special project funds that will benefit La Jolla, now and in perpetuity.

To become a member, contact Estela Mitrani at (619) 814-1383 or e-mail Or visit the LJCF website.

About the 2016 Grantees:

La Jolla YMCA
Golden Opportunity Capital Campaign
The grant of $18,500 will aid in the beautification of the 50+ year old La Jolla YMCA facility. This beautification will result in the attraction of more community members to utilize the space, including children, families, seniors and community groups. The La Jolla YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. The renovated La Jolla YMCA will allow them to serve thousands more children and adults, giving them even more opportunities to grow. 

The Regents of the University of California, UC San Diego
The Ploughman Sculpture and Garden Restoration at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
With the grant of $18,500, the Regents of UC San Diego will create a community space for the La Jolla area surrounding The Ploughman statue, art that was commissioned to be built by E.W. Scripps to represent the history of California development. The courtyard and garden will be a destination for the community to cultivate a sense of unity. The beautification of The Ploughman surrounding area will highlight and share the history of the Scripps Family, who are considered one of the most philanthropic families in La Jolla and throughout San Diego.

La Jolla Branch Library
New Library Signage
The grant of $3,000 will aid the La Jolla Library branch in aesthetic updates that reflect the essence of the La Jolla Community. The $3,000 will fund new wayfinding signage that will quickly direct patrons to resources and meeting spaces. Each year the La Jolla Library branch serves La Jolla community members of all ages and ethnic backgrounds through its many programs. The primary goal of the San Diego Public Library and each of its branches is to engage the community through innovative and inspiring library programs and services, and to provide free and open access to materials and resources that meet the needs of San Diego communities.

About the La Jolla Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the La Jolla Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 700 members, established endowments of more than $4 million overall, and granted more than $4.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving to enact positive social change in our region. We mobilize resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement though effective, responsible and innovative philanthropy. We are your community foundation committed to arts & culture, civil society, education, environment, health and human services, and youth development to build equity and opportunity for all San Diegans. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. For more information, visit our website and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,