Members and friends,

I hope you had a great holiday season with your friends and family and your 2023 is off to a fantastic start. Another special shoutout to our Holiday Mixer host, Pam Valinet, and our Events Committee Chair, Renee Cohen, for a wonderful evening last month. Thank you to those who celebrated with us and welcome to our new members!

The Grants Committee recently reviewed an impressive 54 LOIs from a wide range of organizations seeking our support. After reviewing full applications of those organizations advancing, we are eager to connect with the finalists and decide as a collective how we maximize our impact during this grant cycle.

Lastly, we are so fortunate to have our intern, Sybelle Acebedo, managing CCF’s social media. We encourage you all to follow, like, and share to increase awareness and highlight the collaborative spirit of our charitable foundation. Please check out and engage with @carlsbadfoundation on Instagram and  Facebook.

As we look ahead to the impact that we are poised to make in 2023, I would like to extend my gratitude for your commitment to serving the Carlsbad community and for your continued generosity.

Justin Peek
Chair, CCF

CCF Member Spotlight: Susan Elmore

Ms. Susan Elmore was an elementary school teacher, school administrator and most recently Director of Grants and Communications for a north county school district. She retired after spending 37 years working with teachers, children and their parents to facilitate the best learning environment possible for students.

Her family moved to Oceanside in 1946 where she and her three siblings attended local schools.The family then moved to Carlsbad in 1977. Her desire to give back to the communities that raised her prompted her to volunteer at the Vista Detention Center, Showers of Blessings for homeless individuals, and a local thrift shop.

Susan joined Carlsbad Charitable Foundation because she feels that more can be accomplished to improve the quality of life for the residents of Carlsbad by being connected to a group of individuals devoted to the same goal. She looks forward to meeting and working with the members of CCF.

Grantee Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

In May 2021, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad for “Summer and After School Programming.” CCF funding assisted in serving over 1800 youth at the Village Clubhouse from June 2021 through January 2022. Robin Rafferty, Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad shared the following about the success of the program:

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad was founded the same year our City was incorporated – 1952 – and since that time has served as Carlsbad’s social safety net. Our Clubs are not fee-supported, we are community supported; and nearly 100% of our support comes from local donors.

No family is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Even though our fees are extremely low (only $50 annually), over one-third of our members receive financial aid. Any child that cannot afford membership or a sports program immediately receives financial aid.

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are still being felt by many families in Carlsbad. We hear time and time again that the Club is not just an after-school program or summer camp, it is a “second family.” We reach out and help the kids that are experiencing food insecurity, mental health issues, and other trauma that may otherwise go undetected.

Thanks to the generosity of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, we have been able to change the course of young lives for the better, and we are very grateful for your support and commitment to our community’s young people.”