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The San Diego Foundation Receives $750,000 to Increase Access to Nature for Underserved Communities

August 5, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced it has received a $750,000 grant to support Opening the Outdoors, a program that increases access to outdoor and natural spaces throughout San Diego, particularly in underserved communities.

The funds are part of a $3 million, 3-year Community Partnership Grant from the Satterberg Foundation to San Diego Grantmakers. The allocation to The San Diego Foundation was specifically requested by the Seattle-based family foundation because the Opening the Outdoors program strongly aligns with Satterberg’s mission to promote a just society and a sustainable environment.

The goal of the Opening the Outdoors program is to advance community-driven efforts to engage youth in environmental programs and develop an interconnected network of natural areas, gathering places and trails across the county so that the outdoors is easily accessible from any San Diegan’s doorstep. The projects supported through the program improve the quality of life in San Diego through the WELL – Work, Enjoy, Live, Learn – framework.

“San Diego’s outdoor environment is widely cited as one of the top reasons residents love this region,” shared Dr. Emily Young, vice president of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation. “This grant will benefit the entire county through increased education, accessibility and connectedness of the outdoors.”

“I’m thrilled that San Diego Grantmakers can steward outside resources to our region for great programs like Opening the Outdoors,” said Nancy Jamison, president and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers.

The Opening the Outdoors program has enhanced, renovated and created more than 40,000 acres of natural habitats and green space, and engaged more than 13,000 youth and 20,000 local volunteers in the process.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $682 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 $924 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

About San Diego Grantmakers
San Diego Grantmakers is a network of engaged philanthropic organizations and individuals who give significantly and strategically to multiple nonprofits each year. Learn more about who we are and what we do at www.sdgrantmakers.org.

Contacts
Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org

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