(Above) The Buena Vista Audubon Society was one of several grant recipients at The Oceanside Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual Grant Awards Celebration.
We are ready for 2016!
The grant guidelines were released and the grants committee has already reviewed the proposals and selected the nonprofits moving forward to site visits. In the next few weeks, our dedicated grants committee members will be visiting the nonprofits to further vet the proposals submitted.
Our focus this year is Hunger and Homelessness Prevention and Assistance.
In May of 2015 at the 7th Annual Grant Awards Celebration, The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF) awarded 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);
- Organic Agriculture Education & Training for People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities at T.E.R.I., Inc. ($15,000)
“Our focus was to connect, protect and increase access to the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities in Oceanside,” shared Beverly Holtz, 2015 OCF Grants Chair and current Board Chair. “These grantees’ programs demonstrate how local organizations are supporting healthy and active lifestyles in our community in creative ways.”
Congratulations to OCF Chair Beverly Holtz for being honored as the Oceanside Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year at the North County Philanthropy Council luncheon in November.
Members gathered at the home of Colleen O’Harra for a holiday celebration on December 7. We want to share a very special thank you to Colleen for her generosity in opening her home for a wonderful evening of OCF fellowship.
The Year Ahead
With the 2016 grant cycle focusing on hunger and homelessness for 2016, Interfaith Community Services was asked to present on the current needs in Oceanside.
Faith Liaison Coordinator Mary Ferro spoke broadly about the impact philanthropy has on hunger and homelessness in the Oceanside community, and thanked the group for selecting this very critical area of focus for our 2016 grantmaking cycle.
Amber Rizkalla, the Transitional Youth Academy Director, discussed the impact of OCF’s recent grant to fund outdoor enrichment activities for at-risk high school-aged youth in Oceanside. Amber also thanked OCF members for their support.
We look forward to seeing you at our next social in early March. More information coming soon.
With such an important year ahead, now is the time to help your friends and neighbors learn more about the fantastic work being done by OCF members. Contact Trudy Armstrong at Trudy@sdfoundation.org for assistance in helping your friends join.
You may also direct them to our website for more information.