The Country Friends in Rancho Santa Fe seeks the community’s support for its legacy campaign

Janean and Tim Stripe (co-chairs of the Legacy Campaign) are pictured with Don and Donna Schempp.

The Country Friends has granted more than $13 million to San Diego human care agencies in the 60 years since its inception. With the holiday season approaching, the nonprofit is seeking the community’s support of its three-year Legacy Campaign to ensure another 60 years of providing services for battered and abused women and children, military families, the mentally challenged, and so many more.

The Country Friends raises money for dozens of San Diego County-based charities each year through fundraisers such as the Art of Fashion, memberships, and proceeds from its Consignment Shop on El Tordo in Rancho Santa Fe, which offers fine furniture, art, and accessories. The Legacy Campaign aims to raise $1 million over three years to pay off the construction loan on the shop. That will enable The Country Friends to distribute even more money to selected human care agencies, and to create an endowment fund to ensure giving in the decades to come.

Les and Deb Cross, co-chairs of the Legacy Campaign. Courtesy photos
Les and Deb Cross, co-chairs of the Legacy Campaign. Courtesy photos

Every year, the board carefully selects agencies based on their individual funding requests. Selected agencies must continually meet The Country Friends’ benefits and funding criteria, and more importantly, aid in its mission: to support human care agencies with emphasis on those providing services to women, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

The 2015 beneficiaries include: Angel’s Depot, Angels Foster Family Network, Armed Services YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Burn Institute, Canine Companions, Casa de Amparo, Center for Community Solutions, Connor’s Cause for Children, Elder Law and Advocacy, Foster Grandparents Program, Friends of San Pasqual Academy, Friends of Vista Hill, Glenner Memory Care, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Hospice of The North Coast, Include Autism, LightBridge Hospice, Mama’s Kitchen, North County Health Project, Palomar Child Abuse Program, Palomar Family Counseling, Partnerships With Industry, Philanthropy Club Foundation, Pro Kids The First Tee of San Diego, Promises2Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Second Chance Program, Serving Seniors, Social Advocates for Youths, Solutions for Change, St. Vincent De Paul Village, Support The Enlisted Project, TERI, Voices for Children, Women’s Resource Center, and Words Alive.

The Country Friends will be holding small gatherings to provide more information on giving opportunities.

“Any gift is appreciated, whether it is a one-time gift, a monthly or annual donation over the three-year giving period, a legacy gift through a naming opportunity or personally engraved patio brick, or a planned gift using a financial or estate plan,” says Deb Cross, president of The Country Friends.

For more information about The Country Friends and its Legacy Campaign,