4S Foundation awards six grants

4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Grants Chairman Tom Kokjohn, joined Deirdre Balou and Karen Isaacs from the San Diego Zoo, and 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Board Chairwoman Judy Simeroth, as the 4SCF presented the zoo with one of six grant checks to health and human service programs for its classroom outreach “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” program. Courtesy photo

4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Grants Chairman Tom Kokjohn, joined Deirdre Balou and Karen Isaacs from the San Diego Zoo, and 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Board Chairwoman Judy Simeroth, as the 4SCF presented the zoo with one of six grant checks to health and human service programs for its classroom outreach “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” program. Courtesy photo

4S RANCH — May 31, the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its Grant Awards celebration and granted a record $26,000 to health and human service programs at five local organizations. The programs include the “Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($4,000), the Pathway to Self-Sufficiency program at Junior Achievement ($4,000), the WITT Anti-Bullying program at Monterey Ridge Elementary ($5,000), the Healthy Planet, Healthy People program at the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS Program) at Oak Valley Middle School ($7,000).

“We’re honored to present the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation grants to these outstanding organizations,” said Tom Kokjohn, Grants chairman. “Our focus this year was on creating a safe and healthy community. The grantee programs demonstrate how local organizations are tackling health, safety and community issues in a creative and diverse manner.”

The grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all 4SCF membership generated grant-making funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $13,000 to $26,000.

Simeroth noted that the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in 4SRanch and Del Sur by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit 4SRanch~Del Sur now and forever.

The grant will also cover the creation and dissemination of classroom kits and teacher packets to all fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and their classes.

The 4SRanch-Del Sur Foundation is part of a network of local affiliates of The San Diego Foundation, each serving the unique needs of communities throughout the region. To join the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation, or get more information, please call Trudy Armstrong at (619) 764-8602, or email trudy@sdfoundation.org.

 

 

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