Since 1981, we gace awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofits across the globe.


Since 1981, we gace awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofits across the globe.


61% of grants are designated from our Donor Advised Funds. Another 17% are endowment fund distributions from organizations that have funds with us.

We also award grants through our strategic grantmaking initiatives. We pride ourselves on following best practices in the philanthropic sector.

Grants from Philanthropists

RSF Foundation has more than 125 funds advised by individual philanthropists. These funds do not accept unsolicited requests. Grants are made at the suggestion of the fund advisor, with final approval given by the Foundation’s board of directors.

RSF Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives

Through grants and programs, we use strategic investments for addressing unmet or emerging community needs. As we grow and look to the future of San Diego County, we continue to envision and implement ways to build community in our region. The Community Impact Fund, The Patriots Connection and the RSF Women’s Fund are significant ways that the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation connects people and nonprofits to strengthen our communities.

Grants from The Patriots Connection (TPC): Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is committed to honoring and supporting members of the San Diego military community for their service to our nation. Organizations of distinction are eligible to participate in the annual TPC grant cycle. The 2017 grant deadline has closed and the next funding cycle will be announced via email to the organizations of distinction.


Grants from the Community Impact Fund: These grants are recommended by RSFF’s Grants and Projects committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Current funding through 2017 has been designated to North County Senior Connections, a program that provides healthy meals to vulnerable seniors. In 2018, grants will focus on workforce development programs for transition aged youth. Applications will be accepted by invitation only.

Grants from the RSF Women’s Fund: The RSF Women’s Fund raises charitable funds from its members and awards grants annually to nonprofits meeting needs in specific focus areas. The 2018 focus areas are at-risk youth and women’s services. The grant deadline to submit a Letter of Intent has passed and grant awards will be announced in May 2018.

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Targeted Grantmaking

In order to be the most effective, RSF Foundation’s grantmaking is highly targeted. With limited discretionary resources available to us, we choose a few projects each year that vary in strategy, size, and scope.

Don’t see an opportunity that fits?

If your organization works in San Diego County but is not eligible at this time, we still want to be part of your network. While we understand financial support is extremely important, RSF Foundation strengthens nonprofits in a variety of ways. We can help you manage an endowment, share your mission with our supporters and facilitate meaningful discussions in our Community Room, which is available to rent for an affordable nonprofit rate.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sexual preference or national origin. Applicants must hold similar standards. Competitive grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.


Our Mission

At Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, a San Diego community foundation, our mission is to connect donors with regional and global needs through visionary community leadership, personalized service and effective grant-making.

We’re proud that our donors and community are served on a local level. Many of our donations are provided by residents of the Coastal North County San Diego, which include Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. In return, we work to give back to communities in need throughout San Diego County.

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