Oceanside, CA – The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundationawarded a total of $52,600 to five outstanding programs dedicated to enhancing the Oceanside community through arts and culture.

The programs – 2014 17th Annual San Luis Rey Inter-Tribal Pow Wow (San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation, $2,500); Healing Through Art (North County Lifeline,$17,000); Hear Me and Heal Me – Transitional Housing Program (Museum of Making Music ,$6,600); Oceanside: A Celebration of our Rich Cultural Heritage (The Kids College, $20,000); Oceanside’s Arts and Culture TV series (KOCT, $6,500) – were presented grant checks at the foundation’s 5th Annual Grants Award Ceremony at the California Surf Museum on July 7, 2013. The event space was generously donated by the California Surf Museum, an Oceanside arts and culture institution, and the event was sponsored by OCF founding member Dean Andersen, Branch Manager of US Bank.

Chuck Lowery, OCF Grants Committee Chair, stated, “We’re extremely honored to support a diverse array of projects enhancing our community. This year, we focused on programs that create civically engaged communities through arts and culture and we’re excited to see how the funded programs help create a more vibrant Oceanside over the next year.”

Now in its fifth year of grantmaking, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation has attracted more than 60 members, granted more than $200,000 to Oceanside nonprofits, and raised more than $219,000 for a permanent endowment that will support Oceanside causes into the future.

The grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants in Oceanside from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin of Rancho Bernardo left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all OCF membership generated grantmaking funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $26,300 to $52,600.

“We’re deeply honored to recognize these five outstanding contributors to our community,” said Jennifer Lacy, OCF Board Chair, “The Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here program will allow us to have an incredible impact on Oceanside over the next year. And thanks to the upcoming 2014 match, now is the perfect time to become a member.”

About The San Diego Foundation’s Community Foundations
The Community Foundations, proud affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, help identify and meet the emerging needs of communities throughout San Diego County by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work and play in the region. The Community Foundations provide their communities with a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts. The foundations are located in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4SRanch-Del Sur. For additional information, please visit sdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $622 million in assets, almost 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 $829 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

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