The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a total of $97,787 to seven outstanding programs dedicated to enhancing the Carlsbad community. The programs – Caring for our Homebound Seniors, An Impact Imperative ($8,000); Environment Stewardship Academy ($10,000); Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Services ($25,000); Kindness Matters in Carlsbad ($14,000); Preserving Carlsbad’s Wildlife through Volunteerism ($8,087); Schoolhouse Community Garden ($16,000) and Village Music Walk Expansion ($16,700) – were presented grant checks at the Foundation’s 6th Annual Grants Award Ceremony at the Carlsbad Senior Center in early June. George Wooldridge, CCF Grants Committee Chair, stated, “We’re extremely honored to support a diverse array of projects enhancing our community. This year, we expanded our focus and sought programs that would have the biggest impact on Carlsbad residents and we accepted proposals in arts and culture, the environment, health and human services, and education. We’re proud that the foundation will be able to have such a wide impact on our community with this year’s grants.” Now in its sixth year of grantmaking, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation has attracted more than 160 members, granted more than $420,000 to Carlsbad nonprofits, and raised more than $450,000 for a permanent endowment that will support Carlsbad causes into the future.

SONY DSCThe grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants in Carlsbad from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin of Rancho Bernardo left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all CCF membership generated grantmaking funds will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $48,893 to $97,787. “We’re deeply honored to recognize these seven outstanding contributors to our community,” said Tom Applegate, CCF Board Chair. “Thanks to the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here program, we were able to double our grantmaking this year.” Immediate Past CCF Chair, Hollyce Phillips, added, “The Live Here, Give Here program will allow us to have an incredible impact on Carlsbad over the next year. Now is the perfect time to become a member.”