November 22, 2017 – Rancho Bernardo, CA – The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $71,821 to Rancho Bernardo nonprofits and schools at the 28th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Rancho Bernardo Inn on November 21.

This year, RBCF focused grantmaking on programs that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and civically engaged Rancho Bernardo community. Grant programs that received funding will support a variety of social impact areas, including education, youth development, science and technology, the arts and more.

“The annual Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Thanksgiving Luncheon is an opportunity for the Rancho Bernardo community to come together to celebrate the excellent programs and services offered by our nonprofit partners,” shared RBCF Board Chair Debbie Kurth during the program. “By investing in these organizations, we can directly improve the lives of those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.”

Among the 2017 grant recipients is the YMCA of San Diego County, Childcare Resource Service. The $2,000 grant from RBCF will support the YMCA Teens in Motion Program, which helps teens in Rancho Bernardo develop critical academic and social skills to grow into productive members of the Rancho Bernardo community. The after-school program is designed to provide supervision and support with carefully selected activities that encourage physical, emotional and social development among students with developmental disabilities. The YMCA Teens in Motion Program is one of more than 300 nonprofit projects supported by RBCF in its history.

RBCF has granted more than $620,000 to the nonprofit community through membership and fundraising programs, such as Pathway of Pride, Hats Off to Volunteers and the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Thanks to a $1.5 million endowment fund that supports the Rancho Bernardo community in perpetuity, RBCF and its members have generated an impact of $2.1 million in the community.

RBCF was founded to make Rancho Bernardo an even better place to live and work. Through its annual grantmaking, the organization has addressed a wide range of community challenges including health and human services; youth development and education; access to the outdoors; civic engagement; arts & culture and more.

To become a member, visit the website or contact Regional Affiliate Director Trudy Armstrong at

List of 2017 Grantees:

  • $8,000 to Rancho Bernardo Historical Society for technology upgrades and the preservation of historical documents
  • $6,500 to Bernardo Heights Middle School for the installation of an athletic track and fitness stations
  • $6,500 to RB Veterans Memorial Association for the maintenance and permanent storage of RB Veterans Memorial
  • $5,000 to Bernardo Heights Education Foundation for the purchase of Chromebooks for the Bernardo Heights Middle School Science Department
  • $5,000 to Bernardo Heights Middle School Choir Boosters for upgrades to the RBHS Performing Arts Center audio system
  • $5,000 to Poway OnStage for the Arts in Education Initiative
  • $5,000 to Spirit of the Fourth for the annual Fourth of July celebration
  • $5,000 to Voices for Children for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
  • $4,000 to San Diego Zoo Global for the Safari Express Program for Rancho Bernardo Seniors
  • $2,500 to Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library to enhance the Success via Media and 21st Century Technology Learning Center
  • $2,000 to Black Mountain Dance – Southern California Ballet for the Community Outreach Initiative to Rancho Bernardo youth
  • $2,000 to Let’s Light the Cross for enhancement of the Battle Mountain Cross
  • $2,000 to Poway Symphony Orchestra Foundation for the production of Poway Symphony Orchestra concerts in 2017-2018
  • $2,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School Music Boosters for the purchase of instruments for students
  • $2,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School PTSA to support the annual Grad Nite
  • $2,000 to Write Out Loud for the Rancho Bernardo Literary Initiative supporting local youth
  • $2,000 to YMCA of San Diego County, Childcare Resource Service for the Teens in Motion Program
  • $1,721 to Westwood Elementary School for the production of student-created television, titled “Roadrunner TV”
  • $1,500 to Burn Institute for the Fire Safe Kids Program
  • $1,500 to Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library for the production of RB Library Concerts
  • $600 to Seniors Helping Our Kids to support the one-on-one reading and tutoring between Rancho Bernardo youth and seniors


About the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $4.6 million overall, and granted more than $5 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,