A Tagline for Life: Philanthropy in Rancho Santa Fe Starting this Holiday Season

Notable philanthropists in Rancho Santa Fe can make a difference by donating to good causes --well beyond the holiday season!

By Janet Lawless Christ

Notable philanthropists in Rancho Santa Fe can make a difference by donating to good causes --well beyond the holiday season!Can you believe we are just weeks away from kicking off the holiday season?Holidays are a sentimental time for so many families throughout Rancho Santa Fe, the greater San Diego area and across the nation. As we gear up for this special time, we’re also reminded of those less fortunate in our community and families who need a caring hand.On that note, I’m thrilled to announce that I have decided to tie all my business productivity to non-profits and thus donate a significant percentage of my net profits to one of three local partnered non-profits. Along with that, my new business – and personal – tagline is “Be the Best. Do the Most.” I believe this is a true reflection of how life should be lived on a day-to-day basis long after the holidays have dwindled down.The non-profits shall be:Breast Cancer Angels - San Diego ChapterI recently chaired a major golf tournament at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for the non-profitBreast Cancer Angels.I’ve been interested in this charity ever since I found out about it and wrote about it on anearlier columnthis year. Founded in 2000 by two cancer survivors, Breast Cancer Angels is dedicated to making an impact on the lives of local families affected by breast cancer. Originally based in Orange County, this charity made its way into the San Diego corridor in March 2013.Future Legends FoundationFuture Legends is a local organization granting scholarships to deserving but underprivileged scholars. Scholarship funds can be set up in the name of a student’s mentor, teacher or influence, helping students focus on school and pay for it when the time comes. The purpose of the RSFGC/CCHSF is to provide financial support to deserving “Future Legends” who during their high school careers have a connection with golf and wish to pursue their personal passion through higher education.Veteran’s Valor FundThe Veteran’s Valor Fund provides educational direction to returning vets to teach them sustainable agricultural skills. In turn, veterans can find unique business opportunities after they have so valiantly served our country.I always have been interested in philanthropy and yet I think that more could be done. Much of my inspiration has come from the business model of Toms Shoes – an organization that gives away free shoes to needy people throughout the world for every one pair sold. Founder Blake Mycoskie is fueled by the power of charity, making all business moves with the philosophy,Start Something That Matters.I am eternally grateful to be living in a gorgeous community like Rancho Santa Fe. I am profoundly grateful that my family is healthy, my children are well-educated and that our troops put themselves in harm’s way to keep our country safe. Giving back in a structured manner to non-profits that make a difference by attacking issues that are critical to human dignity and future success is one way for me to do something more that truly matters. I am proud to be a top producing Realtor and I work hard to be one. Now I am even more galvanized to do something that really matters to those who so worthily deserve it.