The RSF Foundation’s expertise in philanthropy and grantmaking positions us well to make effective grants to address the greatest needs in the community. We work to enhance collaboration among nonprofits receiving the grants and providing the services.
The Community Impact Fund pays out approximately $180,000 per year. Impact grants have benefitted nonprofits throughout the region as the RSF Foundation addressed a specific focus area of need each year. Recently, we provided multi-year grants to organizations collaborating to meet the needs of seniors in North County. Through our funding, North County Seniors Connections program was created. Learn more about the program.
OUR 2018 FUNDING AREAS
Workforce Development for Transition Age Youth: We believe that providing workforce development opportunities for youth that have experienced difficult circumstances such as homelessness, foster care, and/or incarceration can have significant impact on their future. Applications for this funding are invite-only and have been requested. We will announce grant recipients in early 2018.
Human Trafficking: According to the FBI, San Diego is one of the 13 highest sex trafficking areas in the United States. In California, the majority of trafficking victims are American women and girls; their average age at recruitment is 15. We are committed to providing resources to organizations serving those victims of human trafficking. Applications for funding will be by invitation. More details will be announced in Spring 2018.
From 2014 through 2017 our grantmaking was focused on North County Senior Connections, a program dedicated to addressing needs of vulnerable seniors in North County communities.
San Diego nonprofits supported through the Community Impact Fund in recent years include, The Monarch School, Community Housing Works, R. Roger Rowe School, RSF Community Center, RSF Senior Center, Barrio Logan College Institute, Natural High, San Diego Second Chance and The Tomorrow Project.
We encourage donors to get involved in community grantmaking by donating to the Community Impact Fund. This fund is an endowment established by visionary, generous donors throughout the RSF Foundation’s history. These donors have seen the potential for greater impact from multiple donors giving together to address an issue or a need in the community than most individual donors could have on their own. In order to fulfill this vision and increase the effectiveness of collective giving at the RSF Foundation in the present and the future, we welcome new donors to contribute to the Community Impact Fund at any time. Donate today.