Purpose and Vision

We’re a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation committed to improving the quality of life within Chula Vista by promoting and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.

Our purpose is to increase charitable giving by and for the benefit of all who live and work in Chula Vista; build a Chula Vista community endowment to provide funding annually to Chula Vista organizations and causes; and give Chula Vista community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Chula Vista, now and forever.

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San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

As a community foundation experienced in disaster response, The San Diego Foundation is positioned to meet the ongoing needs of our local communities and take on unexpected challenges, including response to the alarming spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

A coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund with $1.3 million to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County.

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Board of Directors

Carmen Richardson*, Chair
Lisa Bender*, Legacy Chair & Immediate Past Chair
Carra Rhamy*, Grants Chair
Doug Kerner*, Finance Chair
Michael Meacham*, Membership Co-Chair
Mora de Murguia*, Membership Co-Chair
Susy Villegas, Public Relations & Marketing Co-Chair
Stephen Ablahad
Lavonne Cashman*
Donald Gerken
Glen Googins*
Lisa Johnson*
Chris Redo*
Shauna Stokes*


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News & Events

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation


The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation marked its 10th year grantmaking by awarding a record $101,203 to six nonprofit organiz...

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Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma-Bender (left) with CVCF members at the 2019 Fall Mixer


Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma-Bender shares an update with CVCF members, including a me...

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Living Coast Discovery Center kayaking


Updates from CVCF about some of our grantees and a peek at our goals for our 10th anniversary....

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Become a Member

When you become a member of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, you begin to make a difference for the causes you care about in this special community. Half of all membership dues go immediately into grantmaking efforts, while the other half goes into a permanent endowment to sustain future efforts for the good of the Chula Vista community.

Other member benefits include participating in grantmaking, board and/or committee leadership, attending events, and recognition in promotional materials. All members get one vote each year for the local grant applications they deem most worthy and valuable to Chula Vista.

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Grants Awarded

2019 – 2020

The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $50,000 to two local nonprofit organizations at its 9th Annual Grants Awards. The 2019 grants were awarded to organizations combatting hunger and homelessness within the community.


Poverty Alleviation and Homelessness Prevention Program
New GateWay Solutions
$30,000 Grant


Chula Vista Partner Agency Program
Feeding San Diego
$20,000 Grant

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2017 – 2018

The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $50,232 to three local nonprofit organizations at its 7th Annual Grants Awards. The 2017 grants focused on programs that support the physical or mental well-being and educational development of children and youth within Chula Vista.

Arc of San Diego

Parent/Infant Program
The Arc of San Diego
$12,000 Grant

Amigas Punto Com

Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps
Living Coast Discovery Center
$13,232 Grant

Feeding America San Diego

Chula Vista’s Opus Afterschool Music Programs
San Diego Youth Symphony
$25,000 Grant

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2016 – 2017

The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $44,945 to three nonprofits at its 6th Annual Grants Awards. The 2016 grants focused on programs that address the well-being of individuals, families and at-risk populations within Chula Vista and meet a timely human service need.

Voices for Children

Brighter Futures for Foster Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates
Voices for Children
$25,000 Grant

Amigas Punto Com

Domestic Violence Prevention Workshops
Amigas Punto Com
$15,000 Grant

Feeding America San Diego

Feeding Kids Initiative – Regional School Break program
Feeding America San Diego
$4,945 Grant

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2015 – 2016

In its fifth grant cycle, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation invited organizations to submit an application for the 2015-2016 CVCF grants on the theme of environment. The CVCF is committed to providing financial support of projects and programs that make the biggest impact in the lives of people who live, work and play with the geographic boundaries of Chula Vista. For the 2015-2016 grant cycle, the CVCF granted $41,375 to organizations whose creative environmental projects promote the rich natural resources and open spaces throughout Chula Vista.

Living Coast Discovery Center

Chula Vista – The Beautiful View
Living Coast Discovery Center
$16,025 Grant

San Diego Audubon Society

San Diego Audubon Society
$5,350 Grant

Chula Vista Public Library

Parking Lot to the Parklet @ Your Library
Chula Vista Public Library
$20,000 Grant

Grants Awarded

2014 – 2015

Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

St. Rose of Lima

Sister Dolores Outreach, Fresh Food to Families
St. Rose of Lima
$12,000 Grant


Time For My Health/Tiempo Por Mi Salud
$15,000 Grant

Contact Us

For more information or to join today, contact Chula Vista Affiliate Manager Estela Mitrani at estelam@sdfoundation.org or (619) 847-7100.

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