Become a Partner in Philanthropy

 Join us as a Partner in Philanthropy.  Your gift allows the Foundation to respond to community needs through grantmaking programs, provide technical assistance to nonprofits, and support our work in building community philanthropy.  Partners are recognized on our website and annual publication.

As a Partner in Philanthropy you also help us undertake new programs and initiatives that promote giving locally – today and tomorrow.

Donate to an Area of Interest

Your contribution today can support a community fund that assists a variety of charitable areas:

Arts & Culture

  • Arts Alive Foundation –  for funding for a community arts center, public art programs and performance space
  • Barbara Schneiderman Memorial Fund for Piano Enrichment – for scholarships for students to attend Suzuki music conventions
  • Betty Scalice Foundation – for music education for youth and other music programs for the community

Community Benefit

  • Cardiff 101 Mainstreet – for Carpenteria Park and Cardiff community projects
  • The Community Fund – for support of existing and changing community needs and projects
  • Dodson Community Fund – to fund projects that benefit the coastal communities
  • Encinitas Garden Festival Fund – for community and school gardens in Encinitas
  • Hand to Hand – to support programs for women and girls
  • Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Inititiave
  • Pause for Paws Foundation – providing resources for sheltered animals
  • Solana Beach Fund – to support programs and projects that benefit Solana Beach
  • Solana Beach Skatepark Fund – to build a new skatepark at La Colonia Park
  • Ellen Thomas Memorial Fund (for the North Coast Rep)


  • Chino Memorial Fund – for education in the field of agriculture
  • Ed Ventures – to provide art and science education for elementary school children
  • Education PLUS! – to provide grants for creative classroom projects
  • Fritz Muhlethaler Memorial Foundation – for wrestling and football programs at La Costa Canyon High School


  • Community Environmental Fund, established in memory of Gemma Parks – for environmental programs serving Solana Beach and Encinitas

Health and Community Services

  • Ian Brown Foundation – for substance abuse prevention and education
  • Todd Calkins Memorial Fund – to fund programs that help individuals in need
  • Andie Kwasny Memorial Fund – for suicide prevention programs for youth
  • Fund for Mental Health – for mental health prevention and intervention programs for youth

 Nonprofit Endowments:

Donor Advised Funds

  • A.R.M.S. Fund for Women and Children
  • Ed and Betsy Blodgett Family Foundation
  • Debbie and Bill Carpenter Family Foundation
  • Marion and Lee Dodson Fund
  • Dowling Family Endowment
  • Full Circle Fund
  • Ginaven Family Charitable Gift Fund
  • Mike and Linda Hall Family Foundation
  • Buzz and Bobbie Hege Memorial Fund
  • John and Patricia Kelting Foundation
  • Helmut Kiffmann Fund
  • Life Gave Us Lemons
  • Eleanor and Robert Omahen Memorial Fund
  • Tom and Cathy Staver Foundation

Support a Scholarship

  • Bill Berrier Scholarship Fund – for students who want to be educators
  • Joe W. Chavez Educational Fund – for students who plan a career in medicine or government
  • Leigh O. Cortez Educational Leader Scholarship Fund – for qualified working teachers to obtain a Master’s Degree in early childhood education or similar field of study
  • Eric Hall Scholarship Fund  – for students who plan a career in engineering, architecture, construction management or urban planning
  • Eric Scott Langdon & Diana Monzeglio Memorial Scholarship Fund for Artists – for students who plan a career in visual or performing arts
  • Jackie Harrigan-Haase Memorial Scholarship Fund – for students who want to become counselors, nurses, special education teachers or psychologists
  • Neal McNeil III Memorial Fund – for sophomores or juniors in college in San Diego who are pursuing degrees in finance, engineering and/or mathematics
  • Malcolm Murdoch McQueen Scholarship – for students who plan a career in instrument engineering
  • Jay Penacho Memorial Scholarship Fund – for wrestling
  • Deanna Rich Trustee Award – for students who want to be educators
  • Dr. Roy Risner Scholarship Fund – for graduating seniors
  • Autumn Strang Memorial Scholarship Fund – for Mira Costa college students
  • Orphan Education Foundation- for the teacher scholarship award program

Join Hand to Hand

Hand to Hand is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in San Diego County.  It’s a way to take an active and powerful role in philanthropy while having the freedom to be involved as much as you choose. Grant funds are made possible through membership donations. By investing $500, you become a voting member. As a member, you will help select the grant recipients and attend the grant award ceremony.

OR you can participate as a “Friend” of Hand to Hand.  Your donation at any level provides additional funding for grants. Additional information  can be found in the Files section on the top right of this page or by emailing

Donate to the Solana Beach Fund

The Solana Beach Fund is an opportunity to make a difference in the community.  The mission of the Solana Beach Fund is to address and fund community needs and to build local philanthropy through ongoing and legacy gifts  To donate today, click on the donate button.   For more information email”