Purpose and Vision

We’ve partnered with The San Diego Foundation to create and sustain a local foundation to serve the community of Oceanside.

Our purpose is to meet emerging needs by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy for all who live, work and play in Oceanside; build an Oceanside community endowment to provide funding annually to Oceanside organizations and causes; and give Oceanside community members a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Oceanside, now and forever.

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Board of Directors

Vince Alessi*, Chair 
Adrianne Hakes*, Chair Elect 
Marva Bledsoe*, Grants Chair 
Beverly Holtz*, Immediate Past Chair 
Diane Nygaard*, Membership Chair 
Jennifer Bledsoe Lacy*
David Nydegger*
Colleen O’Harra*
Anne Speraw*

*Founders

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News & Events

Oceanside Charitable Foundation: Holiday Mixer

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Home of OCF Board & Founding Member Colleen O’Harra
Exclusive event for Oceanside community members.

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Holiday Mixer

Join us for our Holiday Mixer! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while mingling with your fellow OCF members and neighbors. Hear from past grantee Voices for Children about the impact of its grant. Wear your holiday sweater! (Optional)

Help us spread the spirit of philanthropy by bringing a friend or neighbor who would like to learn more about making an impact in Oceanside.

RSVP by Sunday, December 2. For questions, please contact Audrey Lewis at audreyl@sdfoundation.org or (619) 814-1324.

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Announces 2019 Grants Available to Support Teenage Health & Development

In its 11th grant cycle, Oceanside Charitable Foundation invites nonprofit organizations and agencies to submit proposals for...

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Awards $63,300 to Strengthen Quality of Life for Local Youth and Families

Oceanside Charitable Foundation today announced $63,300 in grants that will increase support for underserved residents in the...

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Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Announces 2018 Grants Available

Oceanside Charitable Foundation announced its annual call for grant applications, inviting nonprofits and agencies to submit...

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Become a Member

When you become a member of the Oceanside 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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside 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 get one vote each year for the local nonprofit grant applications they deem most worthy and valuable to Oceanside.

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Grants

2019 Grant Cycle

Focus Area: Human Services

For this 2019 grant cycle, OCF is seeking applications for human services programs concentrating on youth aged 13-18, such as employment development, financial literacy, volunteerism and economic self-sufficiency.

Projects will build and/or strengthen one or more of the following elements:

  • OCF encourages projects that demonstrate collaborative efforts
  • Projects must have prospects for long-term sustainability (future funding, viability, etc.)
  • Have a sustainable impact, offering measurable/scalable outcomes and ongoing verifiable benefit(s) to the community or the population served
  • Be innovative or encourage innovation
  • Have competent, experienced and credible organizational leadership in place
  • Be culturally appropriate and sensitive
  • Initiates or fosters collaboration with other community organizations
  • Demonstrates collaborative efforts

Grants in the amounts of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 and $25,000 are encouraged.

Deadline: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Grant Guidelines

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Grants Awarded

2018 – 2019

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation granted $63,300 to six local nonprofits at its 10th Annual Grants Celebration. OCF supported programs that focus on individuals and organizations coming together to develop the Oceanside community they envision.


Encuentros Leadership

Young Emerging Latino Leaders Program
Encuentros Leadership
$15,000 Grant

Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation

Lap Trackers Program
Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation
$4,300 Grant

Oceanside Museum of Art

Literacy Through Art
Oceanside Museum of Art
$15,000 Grant



Studio ACE

Community Arts Education Program
Studio ACE
$9,000 Grant

TIP San Diego

Crisis Intervention Program
TIP San Diego
$10,000 Grant

Voices for Children

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Voices for Children
$10,000 Grant


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2017 – 2018

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation granted $53,000 to five local nonprofits at its 9th Annual Grants Celebration. OCF supported programs that focus on “youth at risk.”


Burn Institute

Fire Safe Kids
Burn Institute
$3,000 Grant

Casa de Amparo

New Directions
Casa de Amparo
$25,000 Grant

Feeding San Diego

School Pantry Program
Feeding San Diego
$5,000 Grant



Just in Time for Foster Youth

Basic Needs/My First Home
Just in Time for Foster Youth
$10,000 Grant

North County LGBTQ Resource Center

Safe Spaces
North County LGBTQ Resource Center
$10,000 Grant


Learn More About Grantees

Contact Us

For more information or to join today, contact Estela Mitrani, Manager Regional Affiliates, at estelam@sdfoundation.org or 619-847-7100.

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