December and the holidays provide opportunities for reflection on the year that is coming to a close and a time to focus on hopes and aspirations for the next year. At the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation there are many things to be grateful for in 2012; we have seen our assets grow by more than $15 million and grants made from the Foundation to nonprofits close to home and around the world will exceed those made in 2011. This is all good news, about which we are very proud, but there are several organizations in our community who we recognize at this time, without whom we would not enjoy such success.
Union Bank has been our constant and supportive partner for nearly 15 years. Not only are they our “banker” but even more importantly they have provided our space rent- free for this time. They have given us, and the RSF Art Guild, a central and visible presence in the Village and there is no doubt that our growth can be directly attributed to this relationship. Our thanks to Gloria Barden, vice president and branch manager, and all of the Union Bank Executive Branch and local staff for their continued support.
We must also recognize the Foundation’s very long-standing relationship with the RSF Association. Over nearly 31 years, the Association Boards of Directors and staff have supported our interest in the acquisition and maintenance of open space in our community. The Association and the Foundation have maintained an on-going relationship to maintain and oversee the Ewing Preserve, a 20-acre parcel donated to the Foundation in 1983 by the Ewing Family. Today, this area is dedicated open space and pedestrians and equestrians alike enjoy this rural preserve in the midst of our community.
Likewise, we must recognize The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for its continued support of the Foundation’s community outreach programs. The Board of Directors has held their meetings at The Inn for more than 15 years, as well as many programs sponsored by the Foundation for our donors and the nonprofits that we serve. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the new owners.
And finally, our thanks to Lorine Flemons Wright and the entire RSF Review staff. The Foundation has benefitted from the superior coverage of our work and events by the Review for 30-plus years. At many levels, the Review has been a voice for the Foundation and our work and a means by which readers can follow our growth.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Foundation staff, we thank you all for the support of your community foundation. We would welcome the opportunity to work with individuals, families and regional nonprofits as you begin or continue your philanthropic journey.
Seasons Greetings and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Christy Wilson, Executive Director
Rancho Santa Fe Foundation