Thank you to our Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) members who attended our spring Membership Social on May 1 at Stone and Glass.

ECF Members enjoyed good food and company at the May 1 Spring Members Social.

ECF Members enjoyed good food and company at the May 1 Spring Members Social.

We wish to extend a very special thank you to our hosts for the evening, James Stone and Carol Rogers. It was truly a fun evening with our former mayor, Lori Holt Pfeiler, as our guest glass blower.

We were also pleased to welcome several new members that evening!

Our Grants Committee members are currently making site visits to applicants for the 2019 grant cycle focusing on enhancing Escondido through programs, activities and/or events that create connections, increasing community engagement to build a stronger community. The committee is also preparing the upcoming 2019 ballot, which will be presented to everyone next month.

Save the Date

As we enter the next few months, I urge you to save the date for these upcoming events.

Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00pm
ECF Ballot Member Social
Vineyard Golf Course

Thursday, September 26 at 5:30pm
ECF 13th Annual Grant Celebration
California Center for the Arts

Please remember, the more we share the incredible work and impact of ECF with others, the more we will have to grant year after year. If you have friends and neighbors who are interested in getting involved and making a difference in our community, please encourage them to become a member today by contacting Trudy Armstrong at

Member Spotlight

john-g-2ECF member John Goodrich believes in contributing to the community he and his wife, Deborah, reside in. He was a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation for many years, and when the family moved to Escondido he immediately jumped at the opportunity to join the Escondido Charitable Foundation.

John served as the Chair of the ECF Membership Committee for three years and during that time, he added members and developed processes to implement in membership development. John has shared these processes to other affiliates with great success.  He is the Managing Director of Goodrich Financial Group, LLC. here in Escondido.

When asked why he joined ECF, John responded, “There are so many reasons why joining the Escondido Charitable Foundation works for me. Most importantly are the people; the members of the Foundation are significant elements to my social circle. Also, I have buckets where I contribute to both local and non-local causes, and it is critical for me not to have these buckets overlap. The Escondido Charitable Foundation is the only place I know where I am assured the funds stay in the community while supporting a variety of local causes. The stewardship of my giving is also paramount and with the Escondido Charitable Foundation there is no question the funds are governed with upmost care and transparency.”

Grantee Spotlight

The Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts Ticitozaa Folklorico Dance Festival took place January 26 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

The event generated new trust and confidence within the Folklorico community for organizations like Tierra Caliente Academy. It has also given Tierra Caliente Academy credibility that allows the organization to reach out to a broader Folklorico community, creating comradeship and union between groups.

The generous grant from ECF allowed Tierra Caliente Academy to concentrate on the artistic and marketing components of the festival. They were able to print 500 posters and 5,000 postcards, generating awareness for the event.

Tierra Caliente Academy exceeded the goal of reaching an audience of 1,000 attendees with a final count of 1,099, which included 124 complimentary tickets that were given to various schools and nonprofits.  This grant helped create new relationships with an Escondido community in need of more cultural arts and strengthened the partnership with the California Center for the Arts.

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

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