May 29, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 7th Annual Grant Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 28 providing five nonprofit organizations with a total of $48,000 in funding. The 2015 grants focused on health and human services projects that engage Oceanside residents in healthy lifestyles.

The programs funded include: Elementary Bus Voucher Program with Buena Vista Audubon Society ($5,000); Ivey Ranch Outdoor Education at Ivey Ranch Elementary School ($8,000); Transitional Youth Academy at Interfaith Community Services ($10,000); Outdoor Access Through Horses with the Ivey Ranch Park Association ($10,000); and Organic Agriculture Education & Training for People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities at T.E.R.I., Inc. ($15,000).

“Our focus this year was to connect, protect, and increase access to the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities in Oceanside,” Beverly Holtz, OCF Grants Committee Chair, shared. “These grantees’ programs demonstrate how local organizations are supporting healthy and active lifestyles in our community in creative ways.”

“OCF has granted over $300,000 in seven years to nonprofits serving Oceanside,” Jennifer Bledsoe Lacy, Chair of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, shared. “Through these grants, we have supported 26 programs committed to making Oceanside a better place to work, live and play for current and future generations. The many grantee success stories, such as the 2014 Vista Community Clinic program, are a testament to this mission and our annual efforts.”

The REACH (Recreation, Employment, Academics, Communication and Health) program at Vista Community Clinic helped middle and high school aged students lead healthier and safer lives through engaging youth in a neighborhood beautification project.

“During the past year, over 100 students have participated in our REACH program,” said Yesenia Diaz, Youth Development Program Manager at Vista Community Clinic. “With support from Oceanside Charitable Foundation and The San Diego Foundation, we were able to offer hands-on experience to these students in an effort to catalyze greater leadership, engagement and voluntarism among our community youth.”

OCF is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Oceanside by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Oceanside now and forever.

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About the 2015 Grantees:

Organic Agriculture Education & Training for People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
T.E.R.I., Inc.

The grant of $15,000 will help to educate up to 100 participants with autism and other special needs regarding methods of organic farming, providing both classroom knowledge and experiential, hand-on experience to all participants. The program will transform the health of participants through growing and consuming healthy food. Additionally, the program will employ participants in TERI farming and build collaborative relationships with other local organic farmers to employ trained participants.

Outdoor Access Through Horses
Ivey Ranch Park Association

The grant of $10,000 will allow Ivey Park Ranch Association to attract 125 new Oceanside senior citizens or residents with mobility impairments to participate in the Ivey Equestrian Program. The subsidy will allow for reduced fees where the need is shown. During the six-week program, participants will have weekly, 30- minute-long riding lessons. Each class is made up of 1-3 participants with a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) instructor. The Therapeutic Riding Program provides support to seniors, those with mobility impairments, and their families. This support is both physical and psychological.

Transitional Youth Academy
Interfaith Community Services

With a grant of $10,000, Interfaith Community Services will expand the Transitional Youth Academy program to offer motivational and therapeutic outdoor activities to keep students on track toward high school graduation, as well to increase student access to outdoor activities. Bolstered by the support of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, the Transitional Youth Academy program will present five outdoor adventure trips, in partnership with Outdoor Outreach, to 60 students, along with two therapeutic riding trips to Ivey Ranch Park for 40 students.

Ivey Ranch Outdoor Education
Ivey Ranch Elementary School

The grant of $8,000 will support approximately 130 students to attend Cuyamaca Outdoor School. This outdoor school features credentialed teachers and follows a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Science Standards. The grant money will be combined with Ivey Ranch Elementary School parents’ fundraising efforts to reduce the cost of camp for everyone and subsidize families that can’t afford it.

Elementary Bus Voucher Program
Buena Vista Audubon Society

The grant of $5,000 will support Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Elementary Bus Voucher Program. This program offers students nature-related programs from trained volunteer Nature Guides. Teachers choose the program that best fits their grade-level science standards. Their goals include teaching children a love of nature and environmental appreciation through personal experiences. With the grant, Buena Vista Audubon Society will provide more transportation assistance to Oceanside elementary schools so that they are able to participate in the Elementary Education Program.

About the Oceanside Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program
The Regional Affiliate program, including the Oceanside Charitable 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 Affiliate program has exceeded 700 members, built endowments of more than $3.8 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
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $671 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 $921 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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