Rancho Santa Fe Foundation awards 2014 Community Grants

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has awarded its 2014 Community Grants to the RSF Historical Society, RSF Library Guild and Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The foundation’s grants continue a legacy of giving to local nonprofits that began in 1981. The Foundation and its donors have given nearly $6 million in the past 15 years alone to support organizations in Rancho Santa Fe.

“The Rancho Santa Fe community-based nonprofits were invited to participate,” said Debbie Anderson, programs director at the RSF Foundation. “The Grants and Projects Committee selected these three organizations primarily for their emphasis on connecting with the community through the programs that received funding.”

The RSF Foundation grant of $5,000 to the RSF Historical Society will help fund the digitization of the archival collection and create an educational program for third-grade students. This project supports the Historical Society’s goal to provide for the preservation and accessibility of the collections to the RSF community, and to connect residents to Rancho Santa Fe and its past.

The RSF Library Guild raises funds to provide services to the RSF Branch Library beyond the budget of the SD County Library. “I speak for everyone here, that we love what we do,” said Susan Appleby, guild membership and development manager. “When we receive assistance to do this work, it makes all the difference.” The $2,100 RSF Foundation grant will fully fund the Guild’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Since 1986, the Therapeutic Riding program at Helen Woodward Animal Center has provided a unique form of therapy to children and adults with special needs. The program of riding lessons and care of a “therapy horse” is provided at minimal cost or full scholarship to participants. The RSF Foundation grant of $5,000 helps to underwrite the Center’s cost for more than 40 lessons. The program is based on the belief that all individuals, regardless of physical or mental challenges, deserve to feel welcome and connected to their community.

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