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 and Community Benefit

  • Arts Alive Foundation –  for funding for a community arts center, public art programs and performance space
  • Cardiff 101 Mainstreet – for Cardiff community projects
  • The Community Fund – for support of existing and changing community needs and projects
  • Community Environmental Fund, established in memory of Gemma Parks – for environmental projects in Solana Beach and Encinitas
  • Encinitas Garden Festival Fund – for community and school gardens in Encinitas
  • Fritz Muhlethaler Memorial Foundation – for wrestling & football programs at La Costa Canyon High School
  • Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Inititiave
  • Solana Beach Skatepark Fund – purchase a tile at the new skatepark at La Colonia Park

Health and Community Services

  • Ian Brown Foundation – for substance abuse prevention and education
  • Andie Kwasny Memorial Fund – for suicide prevention programs for youth
  • Fund for Mental Health – for mental health prevention and intervention programs for youth

 Support Local Nonprofit Endowments

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 Encinitas Fund

The mission of the Encinitas Fund is to address local needs and to build philanthropy for the benefit of the community today and through legacy gifts.  An individual, family or business can make one donation and through pooled philanthropy make a broader impact in Encinitas through grants to numerous nonprofits and community projects.  To donate today, click on the donate button and write Encinitas Fund in the purpose line.

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”