Mission, Purpose and Vision

Our mission 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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Become a Member

When you become a member of the La Jolla Community Foundation, you begin to experience the power of pooled philanthropy put to work in your community. 75% of all membership dues go immediately into our annual grantmaking efforts, while the other 25% goes into a permanent endowment to sustain future efforts for the good of the La Jolla 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 nonprofit grant applications they deem most worthy and valuable to La Jolla.

Join or Renew Your Membership

We also welcome donations in amounts less than $1,000 so you can make a difference for La Jolla while learning more about the foundation for future potential membership. Donors at this level are non-voting members.


Support Special Projects

The La Jolla Community Foundation is working to establish a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in the Village. This important tool will help La Jolla generate funds that will be dedicated to improving the community with enhanced landscape and maintenance, over and above what is provided by the City of San Diego.

  • The Maintenance Assessment District will be managed by a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation led by La Jolla property owners. Called Enhance La Jolla, this organization will receive funds generated through property owner assessments and use them for ongoing efforts to enhance the community, including landscape maintenance, street and sidewalk cleaning, litter and graffiti abatement, and additional trash collection.
  • Enhance La Jolla will also be able to accept private donations for community improvement projects, and will have the authority to implement them. Examples of such projects include the Belvedere project, the purchase and installation of upgraded trash cans throughout the village, and additional tree planting and landscape installation.
  • The Maintenance Assessment District will be a valuable tool to help keep money in La Jolla to realize important community projects and enhanced maintenance services.

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News & Events

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

LJCF to Grant $26,100 to Beautify Community

La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced it will award $26,100 to five...

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San Diego Grant

Arts and Science Merge in La Jolla Student Photos

Using a $5,600 grant from the La Jolla Community Foundation (an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation), a local digital media...

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

La Jolla Grants $35K for Arts and Science Programs

Members of the La Jolla Community Foundation joined together to raise $35,000 for the organization’s inaugural grants last fa...

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Grants

Grant Opportunity

La Jolla Community Foundation 2017 Grants Program – Beautification

The La Jolla Community Foundation is in its third year of grantmaking and invites nonprofits serving La Jolla to apply for a grant during the 2017 cycle.

The Foundation will be accepting applications for projects that focus on La Jolla beautification.

This grant cycle is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work or attend school within the geographic boundaries of 92037.

Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant Guidelines

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Grants Awarded

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

$4,000 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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Board of Directors

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

*Founders

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Contact Us

For more information or to join today, contact Julie Bronstein, La Jolla Community Foundation Executive Director, at julieb@sdfoundation.org or 619-814-1348.

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