For Immediate Release

May 1, 2020 – San Diego, CA – The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 10th year grantmaking by awarding a record $101,203 to six nonprofit organizations enhancing quality of life for older adults in Chula Vista.

The 2020 grant amount is the largest ever awarded by CVCF and is made possible thanks in part to a $50,000 match from the Age-Friendly Communities Program at The San Diego Foundation. In addition to the $101,203 grant announcement, CVCF members approved a $5,000 grant to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

“As Chula Vista residents and families face an unprecedented crisis, it’s important that we continue to invest in our nonprofit community,” shared Lisa Moctezuma, CVCF Board Chair. “The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation and its members are proud to support the immediate COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as nonprofit programs that will allow our community’s older adults to thrive now, and into the future.”

According to the city’s Age-Friendly Action Plan, Chula Vista is expected to see a doubling (from 16% to 32%) of those age 55 and over by 2050 and over a 200% increase of those adults over the age of 85. The CVCF grants will promote programs and partnerships that support the Chula Vista Age-Friendly Action Plan and strengthen the work of local leaders, experts and community advocates.

CVCF is supported by local philanthropists and businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Chula Vista. Since its inception, members have granted more than $450,000 to nonprofit organizations working in the community to grow a more vibrant region.

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The 2020 grantees include:

Meals on Wheels ($40,000)

The grant will allow Meals on Wheels to serve 30,000 nutritious meals to hundreds of seniors in Chula Vista, in addition to providing daily safety checks and in-home social visits. The program is designed to address food insecurity, declining health, and social isolation as part of the “more than just a meal” service model. Collectively, the nutritious meals, social visits and routine safety checks help address three of the biggest threats to successful aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

San Diego Zoo Global ($20,000)

The grant will enable San Diego Zoo Global to bring its Rady Ambassadors Program to ten senior care facilities in Chula Vista multiple times throughout the year. This provides an opportunity for seniors, their families and staff who are unable to visit the Zoo or Safari Park, to experience the same in-person animal interactions they would by going on site.

George Glenner Alzheimer’s Center ($13,203)

The grant will support the Adult Day Health program, which serves seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and those suffering from other chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease. The program focuses on promoting socialization, engaging seniors in a variety of “at skill-level” activities, maintaining their mobility through occupational and physical therapy services while also promoting individuality and expression through various mediums of art.

South Bay YMCA ($13,000)

The grant will support the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS), which is designed to engage seniors to live active lifestyles. The program will provide Chula Vista seniors with the appropriate training and equipment to maintain an active lifestyle, while also engaging residents in educational activities that promote mental and social stimulation.

St. Paul’s Senior Center ($10,000)

The grant will support the PACE Arts Program, which is built on the belief that art is therapeutic, invigorating and can bring people together, especially older adults. The program offers residents of the St. Paul’s Senior Center with arts education opportunities, such as painting and photography, in an effort to promote self-expression, increase cognitive skills and strengthen social connections with others.

Burn Institute ($5,000)

The grant will support the Fire Safe Seniors program, which provides and installs smoke alarms, free of charge, for seniors over 62 and gives senior-specific fire and burn prevention information. By providing the necessary resources and education, the Fire Safe Seniors program is increasing the odds that, should a home fire occur, they have the greatest likelihood of survival.


About the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista Charitable 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.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,

Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,