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Sandra Hoyle, DMF President

My husband and I moved to Del Mar in 2008 to raise our children in a unique, tightknit, and caring community. My first interaction with the Del Mar Foundation was a gathering at the Library, and I was soon recruited to be part of the Young Del Mar committee. I’ve been thrilled to participate in everything the Foundation has to offer. My hope is for the Foundation to foster similar connections with everyone in the Del Mar community – whatever their personal journey.

One of my priorities as President of the Foundation has been simple – to listen. It was important to me to openly discuss what we were doing right, doing wrong, and how we could enhance the impact of the Foundation. Those conversations have been important, whether with newcomers or with those who have been deeply involved with the Foundation over the past 38 years.

In 2019, the Foundation’s assets under management reached over $5 million, buoyed by the multi-million-dollar legacy gift from the estate of Mary Lou Jefferson. We were humbled to be entrusted with such a significant bequest. Our grant awards totaled $50,000 and we continued to sponsor diverse cultural programs and high-impact community events. 2019 was also a year of reflection as we commemorated our history and focused on the future.

In early 2020, a productive board retreat affirmed key priorities and our vision for the future. The Foundation quickly recognized its unique position to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with its mission. Since March, we have increased support to Del Mar organizations to help mitigate the effect of this crisis. We also provided a significant donation to the City of Del Mar for specific budget items that the City could no longer fund, with a primary focus on the health and safety of Del Mar’s citizens, support for community involvement in civic affairs, and enriching the quality of life for residents during these extraordinary times.

I am incredibly grateful to our Board members, donors and volunteers for their dedication and generosity. Each has played a vital role. At the end of my 2-year term as President, I am confident for the future and the significant impact the Foundation will continue to have on our community.


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