Happy New Year Everybody!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! It is important to acknowledge our entire board and the extra efforts of those leading our committees this past year. Rita Bowcock, Donna Aeling and Susan Greenstein lead our events committee.  Rosemary Burson is our current grant chair; and leads our Impact committee, following up with our grantees to ensure that the funds granted are used correctly with the most impact.  Rachel Currington is our membership chair. Leading our Special Projects committee is Lisa Ruder. Lisa has done amazing work. Having been the project manager for the construction of the Arch donated to the City by Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), Lisa is now leading the additional beautification projects which include the ongoing mural project.

Jan Jones

Updates from the Grants Committee

In 2024, we will be focused on the great outdoors! ECF has accepted Letters of Intent for projects that will upgrade community spaces in Escondido for 2024.

Additionally, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for projects up to $50,000 has just been announced for the second phase of Escondido Art Speaks, a collaboration with the City of Escondido, California Center for the Arts Escondido and ECF to engage local artists to make public art installations around downtown.

Art Speaks: Escondido invites qualified artists or artist teams, working with a registered nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent, to submit a proposal(s) to create public artwork(s) that offers broad community benefits such as fostering a sense of space, enhancing Escondido’s image and identity, and heightening community exposure to and appreciation of the arts.

Lastly, ECF is in the news! Read the full article about the dedication at Dixon Lake here.

Please visit our website to learn more.

If you would like to participate on ANY of these committees, please let me know or contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org. We would love to have you join!

A big THANK YOU to those who made the extra gift to support this special program through the Escondido Police Department. Your additional Secret Santa donations helped those in extreme need over the holidays. Watch the Secret Santa Video.

Escondido Giving Arch

There is still the opportunity to purchase a name plaque on the Giving Arch. This revenue will go directly into our Special Projects Funds for either city beautification or unknown emerging needs. Your choice. Don’t be left out. Contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org or call 619-764-8602 for more information.

THANK YOU for all you do for and within our community. Your commitment to preserving and protecting the future of our community through your donations to our Community Foundation is making Escondido a better place to live, work and play.

Please know how much your generosity is appreciated.

Jan Jones
Escondido Community Foundation

New Member Spotlight: Alicia and Tommy Reeves

Alicia and Tommy Reeves

Tommy & Alicia Reeves reside in Escondido with their two sons and are proud members of the Escondido Community Foundation. Alicia is a true native to Escondido, having been born and raised in the hidden valley, and now living, working, and raising her family here. As President of Pacific Standard Insurance Services, Alicia provides the design and implementation of quality Employee Benefit programs to businesses of all sizes.

Tommy and Alicia were drawn to ECF because of its unique ability to provide local Grants that address the current needs of the community. Tommy is a volunteer and former board member of the Escondido American Little League and has seen firsthand the dramatic impact that a grant from ECF can have on an organization.

Tommy and Alicia are active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and spend most of their free time at the Little League fields with their two sluggers: Travis (11) and Garrett (4). Tommy and Alicia have a strong desire to show their children the importance of “giving back” to their community and have a deep interest in ensuring that the ECF legacy will live on for many years.