Our Purpose

We’re a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation committed to meeting emerging needs in Escondido by encouraging and increasing effective and responsible philanthropy to benefit all who live, work and play in this special community.

Our purpose is to build an Escondido community endowment; provide funding annually to Escondido nonprofit organizations and causes; and give Escondido community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Escondido, now and forever.

Our Accomplishments

  • Raised more than $1.7 million in contributions for the benefit of Escondido charitable causes
  • Created a long-term Community Endowment of more than $847,000
  • Secured matching funds totaling $100,000 from the City of Escondido, the Escondido Rotary Foundation and County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price
  • Recruited more than 155 members, including 100 Founders who committed a minimum of $1,000 per year, for five years
  • Created the Escondido After-the-Fires Fund to serve as a catalyst and convener for after-the-fires recovery efforts following the Witch Creek Fire of 2007
  • Instrumental in distributing more than $106,000 in After-the-Fires Grants

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When you become a member of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, you 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 Escondido community.

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

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Escondido Charitable Foundation Quarterly Update

Letter from ECF Board Chair Lisa Ruder

Catch up with Escondido Charitable Foundation Chair Lisa Ruder, learn about upcoming events and hear from a past ECF grantee....

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Learn about what's happening with the Escondido Charitable Foundation, including ECF's upcoming 10th grantmaking anniversary,...

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Escondido Police Secret Santa

"Secret Santa" Helps Escondido Police Department Give $100 Bills to Those in Need

For the second year, an anonymous donor has given $10,000 for Escondido police officers to hand out, in $100 increments....

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Grants Awarded

2015 – 2016

The Escondido Charitable Foundation granted $168,860 to eight nonprofit organizations that promote the rich natural resources and open spaces of Escondido.

The California Chaparral Institute

Chaparral Passport and Naturalist Program
The California Chaparral Institute

$21,560 Grant

El Caballo Park Conservancy

Children’s Natural Play Area
El Caballo Park Conservancy

$24,500 Grant

I Love a Clean San Diego

Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast
I Love a Clean San Diego County

$17,000 Grant

The Friends of Daley Ranch

Daley Ranch 7th Grade Field Trip
The Friends of Daley Ranch

$25,000 Grant

Outdoor Outreach

Escondido Outdoors
Outdoor Outreach

$10,000 Grant

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Exploring and Conserving the Escondido Creek Watershed
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

$30,000 Grant

Girls on the Run San Diego

Girls on the Run Escondido
Girls on the Run San Diego
$10,800 Grant

Zoological Society of San Diego

Save Our Aquatic Resources Program
Zoological Society of San Diego

$30,000 Grant

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Grants Awarded

2014 – 2015

The Escondido Charitable Foundation celebrated its seventh year of grantmaking and awarded $187,175 to six community groups. For the 2014-2015 grant cycle, the Escondido Charitable Foundation+ chose to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects.

Del Dios Middle School

Implementing STEM Classroom Communities: Collaborative
Del Dios Middle School

$35,000 Grant

Encuentros Leadership

STEM Education & Career Exploration
Encuentros Leadership
$35,000 Grant

North Broadway School

Igniting A Love of Science
North Broadway School
$35,000 Grant

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Our Living Watershed
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
$22,00 Grant

The Kid's College

STEM Enrichment Program for underserved children
The Kid’s College
$30,715 Grant

Zoological Society of San Diego

Hands-on Experiences in Conservation Science for Escondido
Zoological Society of San Diego
$30,000 Grant

Learn More About Grantees

Board of Directors

Lisa Ruder*, Chair
Ken Myers*, Immediate Past Chair
Ruth Tsoulos*, Grants Chair
Donna Aeling
Rita Bowcock*
Lorraine Boyce*
DeLisle Calac*
Pat Flynn
Marv Gilbert*
John Goodrich
Susan Greenstein*
Tina Inscoe
Tom Knight*
Ken Lounsbery*
Paul McNamara
Ken Myers*
Vaughn North
Randolph Ortlieb
Mike Peters*
Tim Pfeiler
Rebecca Raymond*
Jack Raymond*
Jackie Skay*
Larry Trautner*
Nick Tsoulos*
Paul Van Elderen*
Cynthia Waasdorp*


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Contact Us

For more information or to join today, contact Trudy Armstrong, Escondido Charitable Foundation Director, at trudy@sdfoundation.org or 619-764-8602.

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