October 2021 Letter from CVCF Board Chair Carmen Richardson

The Chula Vista Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, improves quality of life and meets local needs through philanthropy and civic engagement, including grantmaking to nonprofits strengthening the community, and endowment building through legacy planning and gifts.
The Chula Vista Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, improves quality of life and meets local needs through philanthropy and civic engagement, including grantmaking to nonprofits strengthening the community, and endowment building through legacy planning and gifts.

Dear Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF) members and community supporters,

Happy Fall! Fall is my favorite season.

Recently, CVCF released our Request for Proposals (RFP) for our upcoming grant cycle.

Our Grants Committee held its annual Grant Seekers Forum in October to answer questions from local nonprofit leaders about the grant opportunity.

Thank you to the Grants Committee for hosting this virtual event, and thank you to the more than 20 nonprofit leaders in attendance. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our organization and mission and network with other nonprofit leaders. CVCF is passionate about building a more vibrant community through relationship-building as well as grantmaking.

Now in our 12th year of grantmaking, we are excited to share that our members selected youth as the focus area for this grantmaking cycle. We are currently accepting proposals from community nonprofit organizations whose programs enhance the quality of life for Chula Vista youth, as well as provide youth the building blocks they need as they recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. CVCF is committed to supporting their success every step of the way.

The deadline for grant applications is November 1, 2021. Please help us spread the word of this grant opportunity.

Click here to access the Grant Guidelines.

Click here to access the online application.

This grant opportunity would not be possible without the continued support and generosity of our membership and The San Diego Foundation. The impact of your generosity extends far beyond a single grant cycle and extends to the future for our future generations. We cannot do this work alone. We are better together!

One last note: We recognize how important it is to stay connected with each other – now more than ever. Our creative Membership Committee is hard at work behind the scenes planning a fun holiday membership appreciation activity that I am sure you will love. Watch your emails and/or our social media posts in the next few weeks for updates.

Please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and “Like” and “Share” on Facebook

Have a wonderful Fall season!

Carmen M. Richardson
Board Chair, CVCF

Nonprofit Spotlight: South Bay Family YMCA PEARLS Program

South Bay Family YMCA

Thanks to the generosity of CVCF members, 2020-2021 grantee South Bay Family YMCA served a record number of South County seniors through the PEARLS program (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors).

Prior to receiving CVCF funding, the PEARLS program offered two YMCA Active Adult Classes to members, totaling 239 visits to group exercise classes. With CVCF support, from February 2021 – June 2021, PEARLS held six YMCA Active Adult Classes totaling an impressive 2,495 visits to Group Exercise Classes! Other offerings during the grant period included workshops like Smart Phone 101 Classes via Zoom, virtual story times, recipe sharing classes, walking groups, canvas painting sessions and more.

“The funding provided by CVCF has provided countless wholesome opportunities and experiences for South County Community members who have trusted the South Bay Family YMCA to help them reach and achieve their health and wellness goals in a safe, enriching, and welcoming environment,” said Laura Humphreys, Executive Director of the South Bay Family YMCA.

“The South County community was one of the hardest hit regions in San Diego by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Isolation and access to positive exercise experiences were tough to come by over the course of the past 18 months. The funding provided by the Chula Vista Community Foundation was invaluable to creating an active and rewarding environment for those who participated in the services provided by the South Bay Family YMCA,” Laura added.