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. Below are the grant recipients for 2018.
Kitchens for Good – $75,000
Project Launch is a culinary apprenticeship program serving at-risk youth, veterans re-entering the workforce and the previously incarcerated. The program prepares these individuals with the technical and workforce readiness skills to become employed and self-sufficient. The program is expanding to North County.
Just in Time for Foster Youth – $50,000
Pathways to Financial Power is a multi-year, individualized and integrated service that helps foster youth participants achieve self-sufficiency and well-being through an annual conference and ongoing workshops on smart money management, resume building, interview skills, networking, along with opportunities for meaningful employment.
New Haven Youth and Family Services – $15,000
GreenBuild Tech provides students a learning strategy that will integrate meaningful community service with academic and career technical instruction. Following a semester of shop-based hands-on learning, students will participate in a service project wherein they will conduct an energy efficiency audit and subsequent green rehabilitation on a group home.
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.
North County Lifeline – $25,000
Project LIFE is an advocacy program that works with people of all ages who have been or are currently victims or survivors of Sex and Labor Trafficking identified by local law enforcement, self-identify, or the community. The program offers trainings on human trafficking to raise community awareness and to give first responders and the community the tools they need to identify signs and report.
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 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.