4S RANCH — May 31, the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its Grant Awards celebration and granted a record $26,000 to health and human service programs at five local organizations. The programs include the “Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($4,000), the Pathway to Self-Sufficiency program at Junior Achievement ($4,000), the WITT Anti-Bullying program at Monterey Ridge Elementary ($5,000), the Healthy Planet, Healthy People program at the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS Program) at Oak Valley Middle School ($7,000).
“We’re honored to present the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation grants to these outstanding organizations,” said Tom Kokjohn, Grants chairman. “Our focus this year was on creating a safe and healthy community. The grantee programs demonstrate how local organizations are tackling health, safety and community issues in a creative and diverse manner.”
The grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all 4SCF membership generated grant-making funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $13,000 to $26,000.
Simeroth noted that the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in 4SRanch and Del Sur by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit 4SRanch~Del Sur now and forever.
The grant will also cover the creation and dissemination of classroom kits and teacher packets to all fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and their classes.
The 4SRanch-Del Sur Foundation is part of a network of local affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, each serving the unique needs of communities throughout the region. To join the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation, or get more information, please call Trudy Armstrong at (619) 764-8602, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.