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We’re celebrating our 40 year anniversary!

At RSF Foundation, we have so much to celebrate about the last 40 years! Learn more about how we got to where we are today in our blog post

Building Legacy

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.

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Serving San Diego & the World

You've Distributed

$92 Million

Grants since 2000

$9.4 Million

Grants in 2019

$9 Million

Charitable gifts received in 2019

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation manages more than 300 funds created by philanthropic minded individuals and families along with forward-thinking nonprofit agencies.

These funds make it possible for RSF Foundation to award more than $7.3 million in grants each year, with a significant increase in recent years.

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What People Are Saying

Adela and Pete Peterson

Gives you a feeling of comfort when making your contributions

“As donors, we are able to be more efficient with our donations knowing that our contributions are going to support properly run charitable organizations. The Foundation has taught us how to evaluate charities, in addition, to helping us find new organizations we are considering for support. As donors, the Foundation gives you a feeling of comfort when making your contributions. It’s an excellent vehicle and unique organizational resource.”

— Adela and Pete Peterson

Andrew Mauro

The growth of our endowment... has been the result of our association with RSFF

“Buena Vista Audubon Society chose RSFF to be the primary home for its Nature Center Endowment Fund after considering a number of options. We found that many of the staff, board members, and advisors associated with RSFF were already familiar faces, people who had earned our respect and confidence over the years as active members of our community. The success of our fundraising efforts and the growth of our endowment, in no small measure, has been the result of our association with RSFF.”

— Andrew Mauro, Director of Buena Vista Audubon Society

Judy and Don

Everything we needed without the cost & hassle

“We were so close to establishing our own family foundation before realizing that a donor advised fund would provide everything we needed without the cost, hassle and reporting requirements. The RSF Foundation set up our Donor Advised Fund and the rest is history. We now only suggest where our donations are to be sent and the Foundation completes the transaction. Thank you RSF Foundation!”

— Judy and Don Oliphant

Growth of Grantmaking at RSF Foundation

In October 1981, RSF Foundation started as a way to support the local community by a few like minded philanthropists. The growth of the Foundation has been gradual over the past 40 years. Momentum was gained when the Board began hiring staff in 1997 and it wasn’t until 2000 when the Foundation purchased community foundation […]

RSF Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary

History of RSF Foundation In October 1981, four local Rancho Santa Fe residents came together with the hope of creating a local foundation for individual philanthropists to help improve the community. Knowing they would need help to achieve their goal, they enlisted a group of founding directors to create what was to be known as […]