Mission, Purpose and Vision

Our mission at the La Jolla Community Foundation is to encourage civic engagement and pride through local philanthropy. Through our affiliation with The San Diego Foundation, we’re committed to increasing responsible and effective philanthropy in La Jolla.

Our purpose is to foster a sense of community and connection among La Jollans; enrich the environmental, social and cultural experience of La Jolla by creating public spaces to bring people together; enhance the aesthetic character of the community through investment in a variety of public art forms; and provide La Jolla community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts and encourage creation of special project funds that will benefit La Jolla, now and forever.

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Board of Directors – La Jolla Community Foundation

Phyllis Pfeiffer*, Chair
Sherry Berman Ahern
Julie Dubick
Lynn Gorguze
George Hauer *
Susan McClellan *
Jack McGrory
Andrew Nelson *
Sue Wagener

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News & Events

The purpose of the La Jolla Community Foundation is to foster a sense of community and connection among La Jollans

LJCF OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) shares shares an update with LJCF members, including a member spotlight and an update ab...

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The La Jolla Village Streetscape plan will transform the north end of Girard Avenue at Prospect Street into a promenade overlooking Cove Park (Image courtesy of M.W. Steele Group)

JANUARY 2020 LETTER FROM LA JOLLA BOARD CHAIR PHYLLIS PFEIFFER

La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) Board Chair Phyllis Pfieffer shares exciting updates about the Streetscape Plan and the ...

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

LA JOLLA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT TO CLEAN UP AND IMPROVE SAFETY ALONG LA JOLLA PARKWAY

The La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced a $12,000 grant that will...

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Revitalize La Jolla Village Streetscape Plan

The board of the La Jolla Community Foundation continues to actively seek funding for the La Jolla Village Streetscape project.

Comparable to piazzas throughout Europe, the proposed Promenade overlooking Cove Park will be transformative for the La Jolla community. Planners say the pedestrian-only plaza will serve as an inviting, appealing public space where community members and visitors can enjoy the outdoors and views of the La Jolla shoreline. Two-way traffic will be directed to The Dip and diagonal spaces on the south side of lower Girard Avenue will be designed to accommodate parking.

Your support is critical to this revitalization of our community. The Streetscape project will contribute significantly to our public realm, which helps define our community’s aesthetic quality, identity, economic activity, health, and social cohesion.

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La Jolla Community Foundation Grants

Grants Awarded

2016 – 2017

The La Jolla Community Foundation awarded a total of $40,000 in funding to three nonprofit organizations with a focus on projects that improve the beautification of La Jolla


La Jolla YMCA

Golden Opportunity Capital Campaign
La Jolla YMCA
$18,500 Grant

The Regents of the University of California, UC San Diego

The Ploughman Sculpture and Garden Restoration at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The Regents of the University of California, UC San Diego
$18,500 Grant

La Jolla Branch Library

Library Signage
La Jolla Branch Library
$3,000 Grant

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2015 – 2016

The La Jolla Community Foundation granted $26,100 to five nonprofit organizations to beautify the La Jolla community.

La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc.

Whale View Point and Wedding Bowl
La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc.

$8,500 Grant

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Edwards Sculpture Garden Revitalization & Enhancement
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

$5,100 Grant

Bird Rock Foundation

Bird Rock Elementary School Playground Ball Court
Bird Rock Foundation

$5,000 Grant

Friends of Coast Walk Trail

Coast Walk Trail Maintenance and Restoration
Friends of Coast Walk Trail

$4,500 Grant

1:1 Movement

AWAY Project
1:1 Movement

$3,000 Grant

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Grants Awarded

2014 – 2015

The La Jolla Community Foundation granted $35,000 to five nonprofit organizations with programs that integrate art and science.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

La Jolla Family Science Nights
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
$5,000 Grant

Outside the Lens

Outside the Lens at Muirlands Middle School
Outside the Lens
$5,600 Grant

La Jolla Playhouse

2015 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour
La Jolla Playhouse
$7,500 Grant

UC San Diego/Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

Beach Physics & BEWISE
UC San Diego/Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
$8,300 Grant

Muirlands Foundation, Inc.

Muirlands STEAM for Students and Teachers
Muirlands Foundation, Inc.
$8,600 Grant

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Contact La Jolla Community Foundation

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

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