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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Board of Directors

Carmen Richardson*, Chair
Lisa Bender*, Legacy Chair & Immediate Past Chair
Carra Rhamy*, Grants Chair
Glen Googins*, Finance Chair
Michael Meacham*, Membership Co-Chair
Mora de Murguia*, Membership Co-Chair
Stephen Ablahad
Lavonne Cashman*
Robert Farwell
Lisa Johnson*
Simon Silva
Shauna Stokes*

*Founders

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The Chula Vista Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, improves quality of life and meets local needs through philanthropy and civic engagement, including grantmaking to nonprofits strengthening the community, and endowment building through legacy planning and gifts.

October 2021 Letter from CVCF Board Chair Carmen Richardson

Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF) Board Chair Carmen Richardson shares an update with CVCF members....

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

CHULA VISTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR YOUTH

Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announces the availability of grant fundin...

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The Chula Vista Community Foundation is committed to our community through the financial support of nonprofit organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in Chula Vista.

JULY 2021 LETTER FROM CVCF BOARD CHAIR CARMEN RICHARDSON

Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF) Board Chair Carmen Richardson shares an update with CVCF members, including a member ...

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Become a Member

When you become a member of the Chula Vista Community 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

Grants Awarded

2021-2022

Chula Vista Community Foundation (CVCF) awarded $100,000 in funding to four nonprofit organizations. CVCF focused on projects that support COVID-19 pandemic recovery and relief efforts for Chula Vista residents, including relief for people facing food insecurity, former foster youth and small business owners.

COVID-19 Relief and Recovery for Chula Vista Small Businesses Program
Accessity (formerly Accion San Diego)
$10,000 Grant

Delivery of Produce and Dry Goods to Distribution Sites
Feeding San Diego
$45,000 Grant

General COVID Relief Program
Just in Time for Foster Youth
$25,000 Grant

Home-Delivered Meal Service
Mama’s Kitchen
$20,000 Grant

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2020 – 2021

The Chula Vista Community Foundation awarded a total of $101,203 to six local nonprofit organizations enhancing quality of life for older adults in Chula Vista.


Meals on Wheels
Meal Delivery Service
Meals on Wheels
$40,000 Grant

San Diego Zoo Global

Rady Ambassadors Program
San Diego Zoo Global
$20,000 Grant

George Glenner Alzheimer’s Center

Adult Day Health Program
George Glenner Alzheimer’s Center
$13,000 Grant


South Bay YMCA
Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS)
South Bay YMCA
$13,000 Grant

St Paul

Arts Program
St. Paul’s Senior Center
$10,000 Grant

Burn Institute

Fire Safe Seniors Program
Burn Institute
$5,000 Grant

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2019 – 2020

The Chula Vista Community 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.


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


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

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2018-2019

Chula Vista Community Foundation awarded $55,000 in funding to four nonprofit organizations at its 9th Annual Grants Celebration. CVCF focused on projects that will help strengthen the regional economy by providing job training and workforce development resources to Chula Vistans of all ages and backgrounds.

Microlending Program
Accion San Diego
$10,000

Increase Outdoor Opportunities
Outdoor Outreach
$9,835

Chula Vista Digital Literacy Program
San Diego Futures Foundation
$5,000

Training and Mentorship for Self-Sufficiency
South County EDC
$30,165

2017 – 2018

The Chula Vista Community 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.


Feeding America San Diego

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

Amigas Punto Com

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

Arc of San Diego

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

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2016 – 2017

The Chula Vista Community 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 Community 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.

Chula Vista Public Library

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

Living Coast Discovery Center

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

San Diego Audubon Society

OutdoorExplore!
San Diego Audubon Society
$5,350 Grant


Grants Awarded

2014 – 2015

Grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:

WeSupportU

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

St. Rose of Lima

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