Two weeks left to complete 30 for 30 grants


By Christy Wilson

RSF Foundation executive director

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is celebrating 30 years of promoting effective philanthropy in San Diego County, nationally and around the world! Together with our donors we have supported thousands of different nonprofits over the years and we are not finished yet.

In recognition of our 30th anniversary, we have selected 30 San Diego area nonprofits to each receive a $1,000 challenge grant from the Foundation. In return we have challenged them to raise an additional $29,000 from their donors and ours.

“30 for 30” grantees

RSF Art Guild, RSF Community Center, RSF Garden Club, RSF Historical Society, RSF Library Guild, RSF Senior Center, Community Concerts of RSFMingei Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Orchestra Nova, Canine Companions, Helen Woodward Animal Center, San Diego Botanic Garden, San Dieguito River Conservancy, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, CSUSM – ACE Scholars, Community HousingWorks, Elementary Institute of Science, Girls Scouts – San Diego Kids Included Together, Monarch School, Burn Institute, Community Resource Center, Feeding America – San Diego, Kids Korps, Vista Community Clinic, Interfaith Community Services, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Friends of San Pasqual Academy, TERI, Inc.

To date more than $150,000 has been raised by these organizations … won’t you participate too? It is our hope that everyone will accept our challenge to assist one or several of the “30 for 30” grantees. $30,000 for 30 nonprofits … that is $900,000 if everyone meets their goal!

We believe that the “30 for 30” challenge is an effective way to partner with the selected nonprofits by leveraging Foundation dollars with those of our donors and others in the community. There is no minimum donation, although we suggest $500 or more, and you may specify how you wish your donation to be used by the grantees. Checks may be sent to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation (please make checks payable to RSF Foundation) or to the organizations directly (specify “30 for 30” challenge in the memo line) or you may make the grants from a donor advised fund. Grantees meeting the goal will be recognized at our 30th Anniversary celebration on Oct. 20 … details will follow after June 1.

Our goal is to acknowledge all “30 for 30” organizations on Oct. 20 and celebrate nearly a million dollars in philanthropy in recognition of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s 30th Anniversary.

On behalf of the board of directors, please accept our sincere thanks for your generosity to those organizations which are addressing the needs of our region and beyond … day by day, one person at a time.

For more information, please call the RSF Foundation office at 858-756-6557 or email