Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Initiative fund at CCF

The Leichtag Foundation in partnership with a growing consortium of funders that care about deep, multi-faceted education about Israel, launched a new collaborative, the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.  The goal is to strategically promote and support knowledge, discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration.  The Initiative provides a spectrum of opportunities to connect San Diego and Israel and itspeople from a variety of perspectives.  Initiative partners with universities in San Diego and Israel, local law schools, the Israel Institute in Washington DC and Tel Aviv and others.  Those interested in supporting the Initiative can contribute to the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative fund at Coastal Community Foundation.

Solana Beach Fund – Investing in the Community.

On September 27,  the Solana Beach Fund presented five grants totaling $16,850 to nonprofits serving the community.   The grant ceremony was held at Carruth Cellars and was attended by over 75 local residents.  Grants were awarded to CA Western Community Law Project to increase the free Solana Beach legal clinic; Realty Changers for the College Town prep program; North Coast Repertory Theatre for the youth production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth; San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to expand their volunteer program and Casa de Amistad for its after school education and character development program. 

View the story below:

Hand To Hand: Promoting Positive Change In The Lives Of Women And Girls

In late January, guests at the seventh annual Hand to Hand grant ceremony learned how the programs which received a grant have personally impacted women and girls in the County. 

CLICK HERE to read the full article and see photos from the event.

 New Funds

 The Classical Academies Education Endowment

The Classical Academies is an organization of award-winning, tuition-free, Certified California Public Charter Schools serving North San Diego County since 1999.  With over 4,100 K-12 students at campuses in Escondido, Vista, Oceanside, and Online, the schools are making a tremendous impact as they reinvent public education.

With the core belief that parents are the primary educators of their children, the school’s passion is to partner with parents to inspire each student to think critically, communicate effectively and achieve excellence through academic options.

Each campus offers a flexible, personalized educational environment that blends the best of independent study and the traditional classroom experience. Options range from blended in-seat and independent study programs to full-time independent study programs. The hybrid programs are uniquely designed to encourage students to explore their interests, accommodate their learning style and reach their maximum potential by becoming thinkers, communicators, and achievers.

In addition to rigorous academics, small class sizes, acclaimed character education and leadership programs, students are invited to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs, such as musical theater, choir, robotics, art, sports, and more. The Classical Academies provide a rare educational option that is open to all students in San Diego County.   For more information visit   The Classical Academies Education Endowment will support the schools’ programs.

Classical Academies 2011 Logo

New Memorial Funds

 The Neal McNeil III Memorial Fund

The Neal McNeil III Memorial Fund was established in loving memory of Neal McNeil III, who passed away in February. Neal’s family, friends and colleagues wanted to honor Neal by making a difference in the lives of students, specifically those pursuing a degree in finance, as Neal was extremely passionate about investing and helping people prepare for a secure financial future. Established by Stratos Wealth Partners and Ibis Capital, Neal’s former employers, the Neal McNeil III Memorial Fund provides resources for scholarships, workshops and other educational programs. A matching grant has been offered for up to $10,000 and Neal’s family, friends and colleagues hope to substantially exceed that figure.

To donate: Checks can be made payable to: Coastal Community Foundation. Please reference ‘The Neal McNeil III Memorial Fund’ in the memo line. Or donations may be made online.

Leigh O. Cortez Educational Leader Fund

Leigh Elizabeth Otey loved her kindergarten teacher so much that she knew her calling was to teach.  She got to work quickly, becoming the elementary school bus driver at 16 years old.  Her enthusiasm took her to Europe where she taught during a semester abroad.  Early childhood education was her focus and Leigh Cortez earned her Master’s Degree in the subject from Long Beach State.

She taught in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southern California and Hawaii in schools as diverse as the Department of Defense and Punahou School.  Her experience with children from many social and economic backgrounds motivated her to instill a sense of empathy and understanding for others in her students.  This went beyond any formal curriculum and led parents to line up on registration day to ensure Leigh would teach their children.

She was a mother of two and a Marine Corps wife who played a significant role in her husband, Chris, achieving the rank of Major General.

The Leigh Cortez Educational Leader Scholarship Fund honors her legacy and enables working teachers to earn their Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related discipline.

Donations may be made by check payable to Coastal Community Foundation with Leigh Cortez in the memo line or online