Hand to Hand is a group of women who grant funds to local non-profits which promote economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of women and girls.
In the spring of 2008, a group of women began to discuss ways that they could make a difference in the community for women and girls through their joint philanthropy. In October 2008 Hand to Hand was established as a charitable fund at Coastal Community Foundation. Nineteen women joined as founders.
Hand to Hand makes an impact in the lives of women and girls in San Diego County by directly resources to programs that empower change and self-sufficiency. Hand to Hand fulfills its mission by funding education and job training for women, programs to help women re-enter the work force, mentoring programs for girls, and microloan programs through non-profit organizations.
Why You Should Join:
Grant funds are made possible through the membership donations. By investing $500, you become a voting member and you will be able to help select the grant recipients. OR you can participate as a “Friend” of Hand to Hand and your donation at any level provides additional funding for grants.
Additional information on becoming a member can be found in the Files section on the top right of this page. The About Us flyer contains a membership form. Information can also be obtained by emailing email@example.com. Donations may be made online by clicking on the Donate button which will take you to a secure page. Under purpose please type Hand to Hand.
Co-Chairs of Hand to Hand: KJ Koljonen and June Collins
Grants Committee Chair: Kathy Rae
Grantee Relations Committee Chair: Sue Steele
Membership Committee Chair: Betsy Jacobson
Over the past eight years, Hand to Hand has distributed grants totaling almost $235,000 for programs and services for women and girls
- Generate Hope ($10,000) residential treatment program for victims of sex trafficking
- Karen Organization of San Diego ($5,700) women’s mentoring circles for Burmese refugees in San Diego
- Kitchens for Good ($10,000) culinary job training and life skills program for women in need
- New Entra Casa ($6,500) residential treatment program for women being released from prison
Photo from the 2015 Grant Ceremony: Hand to Hand chair, KJ Koljonen and members presenting check for $10,000 to grant recipient Just in Time for Foster Youth. Just in Time provides support and resources to foster youth as they age out of the system at 18 years of age.
- Angel Faces for a retreat to help girls with severe facial disfigurements build a positive self-image (2009/2012)
- Boys & Girls Club of Vista (2015) SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) program for girls
- Casa Cornelia Law Center for the domestic violence program (2012 / 2013 / 2015)
- Community Resource Center for Life Skills training for domestic abuse survivors (2009)
- Foundation for Women a micro-credit loan program to help women in poverty start a business (2010)
- From the Inside Out for the Girls Only mentoring program (2009 / 2011)
- Girls on the Run for development and support of a North County program (2009 / 2011 / 2015)
- Girls Rising for girls’ mentor program (2013 / 2014 / 2015)
- Just in Time for Foster Youth for Career Horizons program for girls (2012 / 2014 /2015)
- Leap to Success for the women’s leadership program (2011)
- MANA de North County San Diego for the Hermanitas® mentorship program (2010)
- MANA de San Diego for the Hermanitas® mentorship program (2015)
- New Entra Casa for residential treatment program for women being released from prison (2014)
- San Diego Hope House to develop a “cottage industry” for women who have been victims of human trafficking (2011)
- Shakti Rising for the Transformational Recovery Program for women (2009 / 2010)
- Welcome Home Ministries for Fair Dorm project and peer re-entry program (2013/ 2014)