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The Patriots Connection

The Patriots Connection, a program of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, is a leading resource for San Diegans to identify the most effective and worthwhile programs supporting military service members.

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Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is committed to honoring and supporting members of the San Diego military community for their service to our nation. The goal of The Patriots Connection (TPC) grantmaking is to grow the capacity and sustainability of San Diego area nonprofit programs that serve active-duty military and veterans.

See our list of pre-vetted organizations that support military service members.

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Find out more about the Grant requirements, how to apply and past recipients.

TPC Grants

The San Diego Directory

A key component of The Patriots Connection is the San Diego Directory, which is a listing of trusted and effective Organizations of Distinction in San Diego County that address the continuing needs of local military and veteran families.

TPC thoroughly evaluates organizations on essential criteria to determine their effectiveness, and use of best practices. Organizations of Distinction meeting these standards are included in the San Diego Directory. All nonprofits listed in the San Diego Directory are eligible to apply for grants from The Patriots Connection.

The Patriots Connection strives to support military and veteran families by raising awareness of their ongoing needs and supporting the best local nonprofits that exist to serve them.

When donors come together through The Patriots Connection, community needs can be addressed with greater impact. We are better when we work together to address the needs of our heroes.

The Patriots Connection Success

RSF Foundation’s military program has grown and evolved since its inception in 2008. Grants totaling more than $1.8 million have been awarded to programs serving junior enlisted military families, transitioning warriors and veterans. In 2021, The Patriots Connection granted $289,500 to 16 San Diego County nonprofits.

For more than ten years, San Diegans have relied on RSF Foundation as the leading resource for identifying the most effective and worthwhile programs. Funding for grants comes from the generous, purposeful philanthropy of donors at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation who recognize the value of collaborative giving.

These donors’ combined contributions have provided more than $1,000,000 to address the greatest needs of the San Diego military community.

Platinum Star ($500,000+)
Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation

Gold Star ($50,000+)
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Free
Mr. Richard Woltman
Mr. and Ms. Blaine Briggs
The Selander Foundation
Ms. Paula Powers

Silver Star ($20,000+)
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peterson

Bronze Star ($5,000+)
The Parker Foundation
USS Midway Foundation
San Diego Gas & Electric
Ms. Gigi Fenley
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goldsmith
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Hokanson
Mr. Jerry Schneider

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