Foundation funds beach access

CARLSBAD —The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF) and the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches announced a partnership that resulted in the repair of a beach staircase at South Carlsbad State Beach that provides access to Carlsbad’s beaches for residents and visitors.

The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches received a $2,500 grant from The Foundation to help repair the beach stairway.

“As one of only nine beach access points at the San Elijo and South Carlsbad beaches, this is a crucial access point for our community and for the thousands of tourists who visit each year,” said Bill Wisener, executive director, Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches. “We’re grateful for The Foundation’s investment in our organization and beaches.”

The newly repaired staircase, which was funded by contributions from CCF and donors from across the county to help bridge budget shortfalls, is one of nine sets of stairways that are in the plans to be restored in Carlsbad and Cardiff. To celebrate the opening a plaque was installed on the staircase platform commemorating the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation’s donation.

“The Foundation’s mission is to celebrate and invest in Carlsbad,” said Pam Valinet, chairwoman of the foundation. “This staircase is an investment in the future of Carlsbad beaches, one of our community’s most precious resources. We’re proud to be involved in creating access to this wonderful part of Carlsbad.”

Now in its seventh year of grantmaking, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation has attracted more than 160 members, granted more than $420,000 to Carlsbad nonprofits, and raised more than $500,000 for a permanent endowment that will support Carlsbad causes into the future. The foundation is also currently participating in the Matt McLaughlin “Live Here, Give Here” matching program. The late McLaughlin left a legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the affiliate foundations in North County. Because of the creation of the matching program, all CCF membership generated grantmaking funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years.

 

 

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