On May 9, nearly 100 Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF) members, community leaders and partners came together at the Oceanside Museum of Art for its Annual Grants Celebration. The event marked 10 years of impact in the region in which OCF members have granted more than $500,000 to organizations supporting the community and its residents.
This year, OCF members invested in nonprofit programs that are creating more opportunities for youth and families to thrive, while increasing support for underserved residents in Oceanside.
From an educational program that teaches young Latino men how to grow into strong leaders, to crisis intervention assistance for individuals traumatically affected by tragedy, all of the 2018 grant recipients are working to strengthen quality of life in the community.
Engaging the Community Through Art
Among the six grantees for 2018 is Studio ACE, an organization that improves quality of life among San Diegans through arts, community and education.
With the 2018 grant, Studio ACE will offer interactive art experiences at six community events throughout the year. Participants will have the opportunity to create unique art projects in a family-friendly environment. Along with their completed projects, families will also receive an art bag full of supplies to continue creating art at home.
According to Studio ACE, there is a significant lack of arts education for children and adults in North County San Diego. In places such as Oceanside Unified School District, which has very few arts programs for students prior to high school, Studio ACE helps fill the gap by offering residents more opportunities to engage with and learn from art.
“Studio ACE is both delighted and honored to receive a grant from Oceanside Charitable Foundation,” shared Julia Fister, co-founder of Studio ACE. “This grant will help us provide more meaningful, fun arts education experiences to the children, families and community of Oceanside.”
Make a Lasting Impact
Every year, OCF members work together to meet the emerging needs of the community through collective and collaborative philanthropy.
“Oceanside is known as one of the most diverse communities in the region, with a long history of civic participation and engagement among those who work and live here,” explained Vince Alessi, Board Chair of OCF. “By giving together through the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, individuals and organizations are strengthening their commitment to the community and investing in solutions that develop and enhance the Oceanside they envision.”
As part of The San Diego Foundation Regional Affiliate Program, half of all membership dues support annual grantmaking, while the other half helps build a community endowment that will benefit Oceanside forever.
If you aren’t a member yet, the Regional Affiliate Program is the perfect way to become an active participant in your community’s growth and make a difference in the lives of those around you.