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.

Escondido Giving Arch

Escondido Giving ArchSpanning Grand Avenue along Center City Parkway, the Giving Arch will be an icon of Escondido for generations to come. By donating to the Escondido Charitable Foundation you will secure your place on the Giving Arch and help support future projects in Escondido.  In addition, you will become a member of the Escondido Charitable Foundation and join your friends and neighbors in future giving.

One of six plaques will feature all Escondido Charitable Foundation members as of September 26, 2019. The remaining five will spotlight community members and their donations towards image and beautification of Escondido and emerging needs in our community.

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Board of Directors

Jacqueline Skay*, Chair 2018-2020
Nick Tsoulos*, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2018
Joe Giamanco, Chair Elect 2020-2022
Cathy O’ Malley, Grants Chair
Ceci Lusky*, Grants Co-Chair
Jack Raymond*, Membership Chair
Donna Aeling*, Events Co-Chair
Susan Greenstein*, Events Co-Chair
Rita Bowcock*, Events Co-Chair
Linda Bailey*
Lorraine Boyce*
DeLisle Calac*
Craig Carter
Sally Costello*
Pat Flynn
Frank Foster*
Marv Gilbert*
John Goodrich*
Tom Knight*
Ken Lounsbery*
Colleen MacKinnon
Ken Myers*
Vaughn North
Mike Peters*
Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra
Rebecca Raymond*
Lisa Ruder*
Larry Trautner*
Ruth Tsoulos*
Paul Van Elderen*
Jerry Van Leeuwen
Cindy Waasdorp*

*Founders

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News & Events

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In 2018, ECF members provided a grant to Civic Youth Orchestra to support the Allegro Project, which established a community-based music education program with the Escondido Unified School District.

OCTOBER 2019 LETTER FROM ESCONDIDO BOARD CHAIR JACQUIE SKAY

An update on the Escondido Giving Arch, news about ECF members, and a spotlight on the Civic Youth Orchestra....

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Representatives from San Diego Oasis hold up a commemorative check for their Escondido Charitable Foundation grant

ESCONDIDO PHILANTHROPISTS BRING GENERATIONS TOGETHER THROUGH GRANTMAKING

More than 200 Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) donors, local leaders and residents came together last week to celebrate ...

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

ESCONDIDO CHARITABLE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES $202,500 IN GRANTS TO INCREASE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & BUILD A SHARED SENSE OF COMMUNITY

Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $202,500 in funding at its 13th Annu...

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Become a Member

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.

Matt McLaughlin established an endowment legacy fund at The San Diego Foundation that continues to make a profound impact on the North County region. The Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here program supports membership dollars raised, growing Escondido Charitable Foundation grantmaking from member contributions for our 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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Grants

Escondido Charitable Foundation 2020/21 Grant Cycle: Environment

Protecting Our Environment Through Education AND Action”

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in a two-step application process, which will facilitate the allocation of funding for Escondido-centered projects. The funding range is $10,000 to $30,000. The foundation will evaluate all LOI submittals and qualify those that meet the program and eligibility criteria.

The deadline for submitting the LOI is January 6, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Organizations that are moved forward through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application by February 21, 2020.  Those organizations invited to submit a full proposal will submit completed applications by March 23, 2020.

Mission & Purpose:

The mission and purpose of The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation (TSDF), is to improve the quality of life in Escondido by meeting emerging needs through:

  • Encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy,
  • Building a community endowment,
  • Providing funds annually to organizations and causes, and
  • Giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and cash gifts that will benefit Escondido annually and in perpetuity.

The vision of ECF is to inspire a culture of giving that supports, strengthens and enriches the quality of life in the Escondido community now and for generations to come.  From improving quality of life to rejuvenating the bonds of our communities, the contributions of ECF members stimulate a sense of common purpose by bringing people together to address essential and emerging needs.

Introduction

Each year the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) selects a different focus area. For our 14th grant cycle, ECF invites nonprofits serving Escondido to submit applications and seeks to support organizations that will improve the quality of life in Escondido through environmental education AND action. People of all ages and abilities can play an important role as stewards of the environment.

Focus Area

Projects which meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Cultivate and train future generations of environmental leaders and stewards
  • Engage the community in habitat conservation, restoration and ecology
  • Develop food justice programs that build knowledge of nutritious, sustainable, culturally appropriate foods to ensure people have access to healthy food. Effect a positive impact on the environment by addressing and fixing the food system
  • Create collaborative projects and/or activities in outdoor settings focusing on environmental science and stewardship (*see note)
  • Promote activities that encourage water conservation and education such as xeriscape with native plants, drought awareness, school gardens, etc.
  • Provide cleanup or improvement of local creeks or natural lands
  • Encourage activities such as recycling, repurposing and reusing that reduce/eliminate the negative impact of trash

Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Grant Guidelines

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Grants Awarded

2019-2020

Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $202,500 in funding at its 13th Annual Grants Celebration on September 26 to seven nonprofit programs that will enhance Escondido through connections that bring people together and build a stronger community.


A Step Beyond

Middle & High School Leadership Initiative
A Step Beyond
$35,000 Grant

Center for the Arts Escondido

Northern Lights
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
$35,000 Grant

Escondido American Little League

Two Field Renovations
Escondido American Little League
$35,000 Grant



Escondido Downtown Business Association

Grand Avenue Music Festival
Escondido Downtown Business Association
$35,000 Grant

Hidden Valley Kiwanis

Dixon Lake Playground
Hidden Valley Kiwanis
$20,000 Grant

Nature Collective

Explore and Restore Felicita County Park
Nature Collective (formerly known as San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy)
$27,500 Grant

San Diego Oasis

One-on-One Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program
San Diego Oasis
$15,000 Grant


2018-2019

Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $183,910 in funding at its 12th Annual Grants Celebration on September 27 to six nonprofit programs that will enhance Escondido through interactive, publicly-accessible arts and cultural experiences.


Civic Youth Orchestra

The Allegro Project
Civic Youth Orchestra
$50,000 Grant

Escondido Arts Partnership

Local Color Mural and Flag Project
Escondido Arts Partnership
$21,700 Grant

Escondido Community Child Development Center

The Wall Speaks
Escondido Community Child Development Center
$30,000 Grant



Escondido History Center

Restoration of Historic Victorian
Escondido History Center
$16,778 Grant

La Jolla Playhouse

Excavating Escondido II
La Jolla Playhouse
$50,000 Grant

Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts

Ticitozaa Folklorico Dance Festival
Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts
$15,432 Grant



2017 – 2018

Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $231,016 in funding to eight nonprofits at its 11th Anniversary Celebration. ECF awarded funding to nonprofits that will have a long-term impact on youth.


Conway Elementary School

Robots, Coding & Digital Interactivity: STEM in the Classroom
Conway Elementary School
$21,418 Grant

Encuentros Leadership

Young Emerging Latino Leaders Father/Son Project
Encuentros Leadership
$35,000 Grant

Escondido Education COMPACT

Youth Leaders for Change Academy
Escondido Education COMPACT
$31,574 Grant



Mission Middle School

Project Teatro Mision
Mission Middle School
$27,000 Grant

Fred Finch Youth Center

Escondido Community Wraparound
Fred Finch Youth Center
$35,000 Grant

Palomar Family Counseling Service

Life Skills for Teens
Palomar Family Counseling Service
$17,024 Grant



San Diego Futures Foundation

Girls Who Code (Club Escondido)
San Diego Futures Foundation
$29,000 Grant

Voices for Children

Transitional Age Youth Program
Voices for Children
$35,000 Grant


2016-2017

Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $210,000 in funding to seven nonprofits at its 10th Anniversary Celebration. ECF focused on programs that prevent homelessness and promote housing stability in the Escondido community.


A Step Beyond

A Step Beyond
A Step Beyond
$20,000 Grant

Escondido Community Child Development Center

Escondido Community Child Development Center
Mental Health Services Specialist for At-Risk Preschoolers and Families
$20,000 Grant

Community HousingWorks

Financial Literacy in Escondido Communities
Community HousingWorks
$30,000 Grant



Center for Community Solutions

Next Step North Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Center for Community Solutions
$35,000 Grant

Interfaith Community Services

Family Housing and Social Services Program
Interfaith Community Services
$35,000 Grant

Neighborhood Healthcare

Mental Health Services for the Homeless
Neighborhood Healthcare
$35,000 Grant



Center for Community Solutions

A Permanent Solution to Family Homelessness in Escondido
Solutions for Change
$35,000 Grant



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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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

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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