I think we all are looking forward to enjoying our spring weather!

Jason Rogers

On April 6, RCF was pleased to present an event Hear about Tax Advantages of Charitable Giving. Jason Rogers, AIF, CWS  discussed how charitable giving can assist in mitigating your tax liabilities.

In his role as Director of Wealth Advisor Relations at San Diego Foundation, Jason partners with professional advisors and donors to customize tax-smart charitable giving strategies that maximize impact and tax benefits.

Thank you to all of you that attended as we learned, discussed, and enjoyed great food at Mamma Ramona’s.

We would love your help in letting nonprofits you know that our RCF 2023 grants are open. Ramona Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit project proposals specifically for Ramona that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant community and recover from the pandemic. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023.

If you are interested in participating in the grant review process, please let Trudy Armstrong know at

Keep an eye out for a summer social that we will soon be planning!

Bob Krysak

Grantee Spotlight: ArtReach

Art Reach

In 2021, RCF awarded $3,000 to ArtReach for Social-Emotional Resilience through Arts Education at Ramona Elementary. Program Manager Brooke Benedix was able to report the following success of the program.

“Thanks to RCF funding we were able to welcome back students to art class. The class challenged students to create courageously, continue mastery of individual art-making, and discover the joy of collaboration as the program progressed. ArtReach accomplished this by introducing new and dynamic art projects that fostered students’ social-emotional health and well-being every month; providing curriculum resources to teachers and families, such as full lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations to further student learning; providing classroom teachers an opportunity to create alongside their students; promoting collaboration and bonding after a year apart; and facilitating an end-of-year art exhibit where all students selected, titled, and exhibited at least one piece of art at Ramona’s first Open House event since 2019.

The program was well-received by both teachers and the Ramon community. Teachers understood and fostered understanding that the art classes were critical for students, especially for their social-emotional development and a brain break from other academic subjects that students were feeling pressured to catch up in. What was most surprising was the final exhibition during Ramona’s Open House, how grateful and appreciative students, teachers, parents, guardians, and families were for this program, and hearing about how ArtReach was a highlight of our students’ school year, despite all the busyness and pressure we all faced being fully back in academic school mode.”