Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Awards $80,000 to 18 Organizations to Enhance Quality of Life in Rancho Bernardo

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2021 – San Diego, CA – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today awarded $80,000 to 18 organizations to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rancho Bernardo.

In the interest of the safety of the community, the board of RBCF made the difficult decision to award the Grantees during a virtual celebration. The 34-year tradition of the annual community Thanksgiving luncheon will return to the RB Inn next year in November 2022.

“We’re proud to invest and partner with local organizations who share our passion for making Rancho Bernardo a thriving community,” said Daniel Wilson, RBCF Board President. “Our goal with these grants is to increase community pride and improve the quality of life in Rancho Bernardo for generations to come.”

The 2021-2022 grant cycle aims to build a more vibrant and civically engaged community. These nonprofit organizations’ core mission is to serve the Rancho Bernardo community, which has been severely impacted as a result of a global pandemic.

About the 2021-2022 Grantees:

The Foundation awarded a special grant of $25,000 during the height of the pandemic this year to Feeding San Diego to support Poway Food Connections and Interfaith Community Services to provide access to food and fight food insecurity. Together with the $25,000 to Feeding San Diego and the following grant, the RBCF granted $80,000 in 2021.

  • Alzheimer’s San Diego – $1,000 to provide support groups and expert guidance to Rancho Bernardo dementia caregivers.
  • Burn Institute – $1,500 forFire Safe Kids and Fire Safe Seniors.
  • Elderhelp of San Diego – $5,000 forCare Coordination for Seniors.
  • Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library – $2,000 for Rancho Bernardo Library Wednesday Concerts and $4,000 for Piano Improvement.
  • Interfaith Community Services – $4,000 for Improving Quality of Life for Low-Income and Homeless Residents.
  • Lets Light the Cross –  $1,500 forrepainting the cross located on Battle Mountain.
  • Meals on Wheels – $5,000 forsenior meal deliveries.
  • Poway Center for the Performing Arts – POWAY ONSTAGE – $3,500 forarts in education initiative.
  • Poway Symphony Orchestra – $3,000 fororchestra concerts.
  • Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library – $2,000 for media learning and research.
  • Rancho Bernardo PTSA – $3,000 for RanchoBernardo High School Grad night.
  • Rancho Bernardo Neighborhood Watch – $1,500  for Watch Sign program and continuing education.
  • Rancho Bernardo Senior Services – $4,000 for Collaborative Informational Services.
  • San Diego Parks Foundation – $4,000 forWi-Fi for Glassman Recreation Center.
  • Spirit of the Fourth – $5,000 for fireworks and $2,000 for sound engineer, band fees and sound system costs.
  • Continuing Education Center at RB – $1,000 for History Class Series.
  • Voices for Children – $5,000 for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

In its 33 years of grantmaking, RBCF has granted more than $880,000 to over 120 nonprofit programs that strengthen quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Rancho Bernardo.

To become a member, visit RanchoBernardoCommunityFoundation.org or contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.

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 $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.


Daniella Rodiles, Mixte Communications, Daniella@gomixte.com,  619-732-0789 ext. 326