June 5, 2024 – San Diego, CA – Oceanside Community Foundation (OCF), a regional affiliate of San Diego Foundation (SDF), held its Annual Grant Awards Celebration June 4 at the Veterans Association of North County in Oceanside and awarded $92,000 to five local nonprofits that provide suicide prevention programs and services.

“These five organizations will provide services for our active military and veterans, families and individuals, youth and adults in Oceanside, with a wide breadth of programs, including the creation of a documentary series to raise awareness, mentorships, comprehensive suicide and bullying prevention training, and connecting individuals at risk with vital services and resources,” said Beverly Holtz, 2023-2024 OCF board chair. “Our goal is to promote awareness, remove stigma and prevent unnecessary deaths in our community.”

With this year’s awards, OCF has now granted more than $1 million to over 75 programs that help grow a more vibrant community for all who live in, work in, and enjoy the community of Oceanside.

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate this milestone and so grateful to members past and present for making it possible,” Holtz said.

The list of 2024-25 grantees include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside – $25,000 for the Because You Matter Program, which will build youths’ self-esteem and confidence through targeted program activities and caring, compassionate mentors. The goals of the program are to ensure that youth have the support, skills and resilience needed to safeguard their mental health and to provide youth, staff and parents with the education needed to intervene with and support suicidal youth.
  • Lifeline Community Services – $15,000 for its Suicide Prevention Support Program. The HERE Now program will provide comprehensive suicide and bullying prevention services to students in grades 7-12. The program will work with students struggling emotionally by delivering evidence-based presentations about suicide prevention. The VIVA Counseling program, which will serve low-income youth under age 21, will offer mental health outpatient services provided primarily on school sites, or at one of Lifeline’s clinics.
  • KOCT: Oceanside Community Service Television – $23,000 for the “Suicide Prevention Series – A Strategy for Oceanside.” KOCT will produce, air and share three 60-minute programs to clearly define the risks and data concerning suicide in the Oceanside and greater North County community while exploring the emotional impact of suicide. KOCT will make the series widely available without charge to organizations, individuals, city partners and more.
  • San Diego Therapy Center -$19,000 for the Oceanside Suicide Prevention Initiative which will aim to connect individuals at risk with vital resources. SDTC will empower community members to recognize, intervene and connect those at risk to appropriate services.
  • Zero8Hundred – $10,000 for the Veteran Transition Support Program, which will provide comprehensive 1:1 support for transitioning service members as they re-enter civilian life, including suicide prevention screening and mental health support, to support interrelated needs and improve wellness outcomes for veterans in San Diego County.

Additionally, at the event, OCF hosted Mayor Esther Sanchez, who proclaimed June 4, 2024, Oceanside Community Foundation Day in the City of Oceanside in honor of its $1 million investment in the community. Proclamation Representatives include Salome Tash, District Representative for Congressmen Mike Levin; Donna Cleary, Chief of Staff for California Assemblywoman Laurie Davies; and Kristal Jabara, Director of Community Relations for County of San Diego Supervisor Jim Desmond.

To become an OCF member, visit the website or contact Michael Oliveri at moliveri@sdfoundation.org.

About Oceanside Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Oceanside Community Foundation, was established by 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, Oceanside, Ramona and Rancho Bernardo. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall and granted more than $9 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation (SDF) inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 49 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.8 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365