November 24, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced it will award $70,578 to 19 nonprofit organizations that build a more vibrant and civically engaged community. The grants will be formally awarded at the RBCF 26th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday, November 24 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

“Through the generosity of our community members, we are able to support a wide variety of projects this year,” stated Kevin Martin, RBCF Grants Chair. “Everyone from children to seniors in Rancho Bernardo will benefit from the impact of our 22 grantee programs.”

In 2014, RBCF granted more than $67,000 to programs focused on civil society and leadership during its grant cycle. Included in the list of 2014 grant recipients was Turtleback Education Foundation, which received a $7,000 grant to begin installation of Turtleback Community Friendship Garden at Turtleback Elementary School.

“Thanks to the grant from RBCF, we were able to foster broader community participation by introducing the garden as a space for students and residents to take pride in,” shared Karen Cardeno, former Turtleback Education Foundation president. “Once completed, more than 600 Turtleback students will learn and grow in the garden, and the space will provide opportunities for local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to achieve their award objectives.”

RBCF is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Rancho Bernardo by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Rancho Bernardo now and forever.

To learn more about how to get involved, contact Trudy Armstrong at

2015-2016 Grantees:

  • $8,978 to Continuing Education Center for equipment and marketing
  • $7,500 to Turtleback Education Foundation for equipment for new learning programs
  • $7,500 to Highland Ranch Educational Foundation for laptops for learning system
  • $5,200 to Rancho Bernardo High School Healthy Connections for programs office expansion
  • $5,000 to Burn Institute for educational materials and fire safety
  • $5,000 to Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for free music lessons
  • $4,500 to ElderHelp of San Diego for service expansion
  • $4,400 to Rancho Bernardo High School Speech & Debate for professional coaching assistance
  • $4,000 to Write Out Loud for program delivery of story-box theater
  • $3,500 to Rancho Bernardo High School PTSA for support of annual event Grad Nite
  • $3,000 to Rancho Bernardo High School Silver Spur for updated equipment for student newspaper
  • $3,000 to Rancho Bernardo United for archery development program
  • $2,500 to Friends of Rancho Bernardo Library to support Chamber Concerts and Success via Media program
  • $1,500 to Rancho Bernardo Senior Services for operations support
  • $1,000 to Silver Age Yoga for free senior yoga sessions
  • $1,000 to Rancho Bernardo Fire Safe Council for preparedness efforts
  • $1,000 to Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association for maintenance and improvements
  • $1,000 to Ed Brown Senior Center for a weekly arthritis class program
  • $1,000 to Spirit of the Fourth to support Patriotic Community Concert

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 build and promote a regional network of community affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership in building endowments, increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, and promoting local and regional civic engagement. Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has established affiliates in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4SRanch~Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 700 members, built endowments of more than $3.8 million overall, and granted more than $3.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region. For additional information, please visit

About The San Diego Foundation

Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the community (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation promotes and increases effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a more vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $643 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $945 million to the region’s nonprofit community. For more information, visit our website and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.


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