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DMF: A Watershed Year for Grants
- Judd Halenza, Immediae Past President+

During the past year the Del Mar Foundation reached the goal set 10 years ago of building a $2 million endowment. This allowed the Foundation to increase the amount and number of annual grants substantially from previous years. Since January 2017, the Foundation has awarded nearly $150,000 in grants, including our recent $125,000 grant to the City of Del Mar in support of furnishing and outfitting the public community spaces of the new Town Hall, scheduled to open in June. The Foundation advocated for these community gathering spaces while the Town Hall was in the planning stages, with the understanding that the community wanted a more substantial complex than a small building housing only administrative offices and a small council chamber. The Foundation’s grant will ensure that sufficient funds exist to activate these public spaces immediately, providing much needed public space for the community.

The City Hall grant is the largest award ever from the Foundation. It also awarded $6500 to the Del Mar Garden Club, which is in the process of beautifying the storefronts along Camino Del Mar with a host of new plantings; $6000 to Community Connections, to fund its bi-monthly Tuesday luncheon program for seniors who otherwise would likely be restricted to their homes; $3500 to the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, to provide the means for ten busloads of disadvantaged elementary school students, (some of whom had never seen the ocean), to travel to the Fair and display their agricultural projects; $3000 to the Friends of the Del Mar Library, to fund a variety of educational programs for children and teens; and another $3000 to the Del Mar Historical Society, to support its digitization of its historic local newspaper collection.

None of these awards would have been possible without the generosity of the donors and supporters of the Foundation, who have joined together over the past 10 years to build our endowment to its current level. The earnings from these funds provide the means for the Foundation to provide its various programs and services, while also supporting the work of many other non-profit organizations in Del Mar through grant awards. With the continued generosity of our donors, these funds will continue to grow, providing the means for the Foundation to provide a positive impact on Del Mar well into the future.



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