ESCONDIDO–The Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, recently awarded a total of $30,000 to four outstanding Escondido nonprofits.
The nonprofits and programs are the “Escondido R.O.C.K.S.” at the City of Escondido, Recreation Division ($10,000), the “Family Fun Days” program at the Escondido Community Child Development Center ($6,000), “Glow-in-the-Park” at the Escondido History Center ($7,500) and “Generation Next” at the Escondido Palomar Family YMCA ($6,000). More than $120,000 in additional grants will be awarded in October of this year by the members of ECF.
Matt McLaughlin was a generous North County resident committed to making his community a better place to work, live and play. He established his legacy endowment to benefit the North County region for generations to come. The Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program will allow the Escondido Charitable Foundation to double our impact over the next three years by matching the grantmaking portion of membership dollars. Recently, The San Diego Foundation announced that an additional $30,000 from The Matt McLaughlin Endowment Fund was to be allocated to the Escondido Charitable Foundation and distributed to Escondido nonprofits during the 2012 calendar year. Thanks to the diligent and efficient work of an ad-hoc committee made up of former Board and Grants Committee chairs, four ECF McLaughlin grants were awarded to local organizations.
“The Escondido Charitable Foundation has established a thorough and efficient process for reviewing grant proposals in Escondido. The San Diego Foundation recognized that we had a proven and reliable way to distribute Matt McLaughlin’s legacy funds in our North County community,” said ECF Chair, Ken Myers.
Founded in 2007, the Escondido Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, helps identify and meet the emerging needs of the Escondido community by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, learn, work and play in Escondido. The Foundation provides the Escondido community with a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts. To date, ECF has raised more than $1,200,000 in contributions and commitments for the benefit of Escondido. Currently, the Escondido Charitable Foundation has granted more than $500,000 to deserving nonprofits in Escondido and built an endowment of more than $625,000 to support Escondido’s emerging needs in perpetuity.
“The opportunity to distribute these funds outside of our normal grants cycle means that more Escondido nonprofits have the chance to fund unique programs,” added Lisa Ruder, ECF Grants Chair. “The generous support of the Matt McLaughlin funds allowed the Escondido Charitable Foundation to provide support to even more worthy projects in addition to those member supported by the 2012-2013 Arts and Culture Grant Guidelines.
For more information, or to join the Escondido Charitable Foundation in this exciting work, contact Trudy Armstrong, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (619) 764-8602.