Philanthropists Invest $47,000 to Strengthen Quality of Life in Ramona

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Ramona Community Foundation Board Members and Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation (pictured far right) celebrated the impact of philanthropy in Ramona at 2019 RCF Grants Celebration.

Nobel Peace Prize award-winner Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

That statement is one that resonates with philanthropists of all types, but maybe most especially the members of the Regional Affiliate Program and the Ramona Community Foundation (RCF).

For eight years, philanthropists from Ramona have been coming together to produce positive change in the community through charitable giving. Their generosity has led to more than $250,000 granted out to over 50 nonprofit programs that advance quality of life in Ramona.

RCF’s impact can be seen across the community, from the hundreds of households that no longer go hungry thanks to a program through Feeding San Diego, to the countless children who have better access to art education and the opportunity to develop confidence and creativity through programs such as ArtReach.

As RCF Board Chair Kristin Zook shared, “By giving together, Ramona Community Foundation members are taking a firsthand approach to building a stronger, more vibrant community for everyone who lives, works and plays in Ramona.”

Helping in Times of Need

Among the 13 grantees funded through the 2019-2020 RCF grant cycle, Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) is one committed to serving Ramona residents during their most critical times of need.

TIP is a non-profit volunteer-based program developed to provide support and assistance to those traumatically affected in emergency situations. When a trauma occurs, often survivors are alone, in shock and dismay following a sudden tragedy. Partnering agencies, such as law enforcement, fire, and hospital personnel request a TIP volunteer to be with survivors to provide much needed emotional and practical support immediately following the crisis.

The purpose of TIP services is to make an unexpected, difficult situation a little less agonizing by offering information, emotional support, and practical skills and resources.

Thanks to grant funding from RCF members, TIP will continue its partnership with the Ramona Fire Department so that volunteers are available to respond to emergency situations in the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Join Your Community

Together, Ramona philanthropists are making a difference in the community through the Regional Affiliate Program.

The San Diego Foundation Regional Affiliate Program enables communities to leverage charitable funds from its residents who take collective action through grantmaking.

If you aren’t a member yet, the Regional Affiliate Program is the perfect way to become an active participant in your community’s health and growth, wherever you live.

Join today