4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation supports the 4SRanch~Del Sur region of Southern California in the areas of STEM education and the mental, physical, and nutritional health of local groups, such as children, seniors, veterans, low income and homeless.

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, the mental, physical, and nutritional health of local groups, such as children, seniors, veterans, low income and homeless

IP TAKE: Focus grant requests on the most vulnerable residents of 4SRanch~Del Sur with a practical approach that can be achieved within a year.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation is a local community foundation that supports the 4SRanch~Del Sur region in Southern California. Local residents and community leaders came together to establish this foundation to benefit the lives of people who reside here. The foundation is a regional affiliate of the San Diego Community Foundation. It aims to “meet emerging needs by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, work, and play in the 4SRanch~Del Sur community.” Grantmaking areas of interest include STEM education and the mental, physical, and nutritional health of local groups, such as children, seniors, veterans, low income and the homeless.

This community foundation's work centers on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations in its home region. However, many past grants have prioritized children and youth. Other past interests include civic engagement, science and technology, arts and culture, and community leadership. The funder’s interest areas tend to shift each year, but across all program areas, it prefers to support collaborative projects that involve multiple nonprofits. Grants are typically awarded for one-year periods.

4SRanch~Del Sur grants tend to range between $1,500 and $10,000. Total annual grantmaking is often between $25,000 and $35,000. Nonprofits can view information about past grantees on the foundation’s online homepage. Grantmaking is restricted to groups that serve residents of 4SRanch~Del Sur. The application process to apply for grants is through the San Diego Foundation’s online system.

The foundation makes announcements about open grant cycles and accepts unsolicited grant requests from local nonprofits. These announcements are posted on the funder’s homepage as well. Grantseekers should reach out to the regional affiliate manager for the 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation, Estela Mitrani, at estelam@sdfoundation.org or 619-847-7100.

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