In 2016, the RSF Women’s Fund awarded grants totaling $251,438 to eight nonprofit programs in San Diego County. The RSF Women’s Fund awards grants in specific focus areas and announces the grant recipients in May of each year. For information about the current grant cycle and focus areas, please visit the RSF Women’s Fund website.
Economic Development and Education
1. Dress for Success – $10,000. The Suits to Self Sufficiency program will help an additional 200 underserved women secure jobs and advance their careers.
2. Monarch School – $50,000. The Internship program enables homeless high school students to gain necessary work experience, soft job skills, worksite mentor relationships, and life skills to help them lead productive, self-sufficient lives after high school graduation.
3. Reality Changers – $50,000. College Town, College Apps Academy, and The Alumni Network programs will provide support for over 500 eighth – twelfth graders in San Diego county.
4. Tender Loving Canines – $21,438. POOCH (Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope) program will add an additional trainer who will oversee the training of 12 dogs per year to work with wounded warriors and those with autism.
1. A Reason To Survive – $50,000. Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods Initiative in National City aims to transform San Diego’s poorest community through 30 multi-disciplinary community art projects.
2. Eric Paredes – Save a Life Foundation – $25,000. The Screen Your Teen program will provide six screening sites in 2017, offering cardiac screening for approximately 1,200‐1,500 youth, defibrillators and CPR education for all involved.
3. Girls Rising – $25,000. The Mentor program will increase the number of Little Sisters in their program and grow the Executive Director position (which is currently part-time).
4. Mira Costa College Foundation – $20,000. The RAFFY program is designed to recruit and retain former foster youth who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged by providing academic support and financial assistance.