November 21, 2022 – San Diego, CA – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of San Diego Foundation, awarded $90,112 to 20 nonprofit organizations that are helping to make Rancho Bernardo a great place to live, work and play.

The grants were announced to 265 attendees at the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, which returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The nonprofit organizations that received funding will support a variety of social impact areas, including education, youth development, science and technology, the arts and more.

“We’re committed to the financial support of the Rancho Bernardo nonprofit organizations to build a vibrant community that benefits current and future residents,” shared Daniel Wilson, RBCF Board President. “We want to improve the quality of life and meet emerging community needs by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.”

RBCF has granted over $1 million to the nonprofit community through membership and fundraising programs, such as Pathway of Pride, Hats Off to Volunteers and the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Annual giving is bolstered by an endowment fund that supports the Rancho Bernardo community in perpetuity.

RBCF was founded by local leaders as a way for residents to give back to the community and invest in programs that make Rancho Bernardo an even better place to live and work. Through its annual grantmaking, the organization has addressed a wide range of community issues including health and human services; youth development and education; access to the outdoors; arts and culture and more.

To become a member, visit the RBCF website or contact Trudy Armstrong at

List of 2022-2023 Grantees:

  • $7,000 to Rancho Bernardo Senior Services for Collaborative Informational Services and Assistance to Seniors programs
  • $6,000 to Southern California Ballet for its Dancing Through the Pages program
  • $6,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School PTSA for its Human Relations Conference, “Breaking Down the Walls”
  • $6,000 to San Diego Oasis for its Bridging the Digital Divide program
  • $5,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library for its 21st Century Technology Learning Center
  • $5,000 to Spirit of the Fourth Inc. for the Spirit of the Fourth Celebration
  • $5,000 to Voices for Children for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Rancho Bernardo
  • $5,000 to YMCA of San Diego County for the Teens in Motion program at Rancho Bernardo High School
  • $5,000 to Turtleback Education Foundation for the 2022-2023 academic year’s music and performing arts program at Turtleback Elementary School
  • $4,500 to Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation for the Arts in Education program for virtual and in-person field trips Rancho Bernardo students
  • $4,500 to Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial for maintenance and improvements to the Veterans Memorial
  • $4,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School Choir for acoustic sound shells for performing arts programs
  • $3,612 to Rancho Bernardo Music Boosters to replace aging percussion equipment at Rancho Bernardo High School
  • $3,000 to ElderHelp of San Diego for its care coordination services for Rancho Bernardo seniors
  • $3,000 to The Continuing Education Center at Rancho Bernardo for its History Class Series
  • $3,000 to Ed Brown Center for Active Adults for its Joys of Music concert series
  • $3,000 to Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation for the Arts in Education “Introduction to Instruments” program for Rancho Bernardo students
  • $3,000 to Poway Symphony Orchestra Foundation for the Poway Symphony Orchestra concerts
  • $3,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School Choir for Rancho Bernardo High School Choir Music
  • $2,000 to Rancho Bernardo Historical Society for the creation and enhancements to museum exhibits
  • $2,000 to Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library for Rancho Bernardo Library concerts

About Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, was established by 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, 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.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. For more than 47 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.45 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at


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