Upcoming Events

July 14, 2021 Update: Now that the City has a re-opening plan for Town Hall and the Powerhouse, we are working hard to bring back our diverse array of cultural, family and children’s events! Alas, our Summer Twilight Concerts will not return until next summer. BUT, please stay tuned for an announcement about our Community Picnic, which will be returning in September!

We anticipating launching subscriptions for the 2021-2022 First Thursdays season (which will begin on Sept. 2) in late July, and will be announcing other community events as details become available.

Check here for updates, or use the button at the end of our website to sign up for our email list to get the earliest word on our events.

Del Mar’s New Outdoor Sculpture Program

The Foundation is pleased to partner with the City of Del Mar and its Arts Advisory Committee to implement an exciting new Temporary Outdoor Sculpture program that will bring contemporary art to five highly visible locations in Del Mar’s downtown area for public display for 23 months.

A Del Mar Art Walk Map will feature the selected sculptures, along with other artworks that are permanently displayed in Del Mar.

Watch our website for information on opening festivities for the Del Mar community, visitors, and participating artists, and for a link to the Art Walk Map when it is available. The artworks are currently scheduled to be installed in Sept. 2021.

Click here for more information on this program and the Foundation’s past public arts programs.

Del Mar Celebrates Independence Day!

Photo: Del Mar resident raising the flag on morning of July 4th, 2021

While the return of our annual Independence Day Parade was deferred by the City until next year, we invited Del Marians to send us photos showing how they celebrated this year, as well as in years past.

We received some fantastic photos, which we’ve added to a special album in our photo collection. Use the link below to view the album can take a look at the photos now (we will be adding captions soon).

Joel Holliday: Making a Difference for 40+ Years

On June 7, 2021 the Del Mar City Council honored Joel Holliday for all he has done over more than four decades for the benefit of our community and region.

Joel Holliday was one of the three founding directors of the Foundation, and is the person who deserves the lion’s share of credit for our community endowment which provides robust support to Del Mar. Both Rosanne and Joel served as DMF Presidents – two decades apart – and both have invested remarkable leadership skills, financial resources, and hard work to help create the Foundation as it exists today.

Click Here to Read the Proclamation

Helping Hands Grant Report

In response to the pandemic, DMF stepped up its support for St. Peter’s Helping Hands program, which provides not only meals, but also life-changing services to homeless individuals, many of whom are seniors. During the pandemic, their services also supported many newly unemployed people in our area. At the end of June 2021, the Foundation received a truly inspiring report from Shirley King and Ann Austin recapping how the funds we provided to Helping Hands were used over the course of fifteen months.

Some highlights include:

  • Partnering with Stratford Court Cafe and Beeside Balcony to serve 3,180 restaurant-prepared meals;
  • Distributing homemade soup, hot drinks, sack lunches with high protein drinks, fruit, fresh underwear and socks, and 2,500 face masks;
  • Providing critical social work services, including health care referrals for emergency dental work, wound care, diabetes management, major surgeries and substance abuse admissions; and achieving housing through Project Room Key for several seniors;
  • Hosting an on-campus vaccination clinic and scheduling off-site Covid-19 vaccination appointments, achieving a remarkable 90% vaccination rate.

The work and success of this committed group of volunteers, which includes teens and college students, is truly inspiring. We know that every dollar we placed in their hand was carefully invested in supporting and changing the lives of those among us who were most in need. We hope you’ll read the full report, because far more than the facts and figures, the voices of Shirley and Ann convey the true value of this sustained volunteer effort in our midst.

Click Here to Read the Report

Keeping Del Mar Safe

Del Mar CERT volunteers participated in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day, giving them a great opportunity to test new communications equipment recently acquired through a Del Mar Foundation grant. Click to learn more.

Art Bench Plaques

Del Mar artist Maidy Morhous generously donated two artworks for public display. A small DMF grant made it possible for plaques identifying the artist and the artwork to be purchased and installed. Click to learn more.

Just In Time For Summer

A new truck, specially customized to meet Lifeguard needs, has just started patrolling our beaches, thanks to a $50K grant from the Foundation. It replaces a “rust bucket” which can now be retired from service.

Who We Are

Founded in 1982, the Del Mar Foundation is Del Mar’s community foundation and its oldest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We sponsor a wide range of programs and events, make community grants, and manage over $5 million in endowment funds to benefit Del Mar and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Our mission: to promote civic pride and cohesiveness, acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, raise and grant funds, and sponsor diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. As we work to inform and inspire the Del Mar community, we welcome your participation and support.