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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

$80 Million

Grants since 2000

$8.7 Million

Grants in 2018

$15 Million

Charitable gifts received in 2018

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

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