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Your Community Foundation

The Del Mar Foundation may be best known for its robust events programs, but we also play a significant role as Del Mar’s community foundation:  raising and managing funds for the community, and making grants and providing fiscal sponsorship and financial expertise to support projects and other Del Mar nonprofit organizations in keeping with our mission. We rely entirely upon support from donors like you to fulfill these diverse roles and serve our entire community.

The Community Builder Program is our signature program for those who provide the major donations that power the work of the Foundation. Please see the list below of the generous members of our community who are providing this essential support, and thank you for considering joining them.

The Community Endowment, created in 2007, is how the Foundation ensures long term financial stability for community needs. The visionary citizens who provided major endowment donations to create this endowment are acknowledged below as our Founding Endowment Circle, along with the major donors who contributed to the Endowment as part of our 30th Anniversary Campaign.

The Community Builder Program

The goal of the Community Builder Program is to ensure that the Foundation continues to have the financial means to maintain and expand its programs and grants well into the future.
Through multi-year commitments, the Foundation is able to perform meaningful long-term strategic planning through the guarantee of future revenue streams.  Unrestricted donations are directed to programs where they are most needed.  Any surplus that the Foundation generates at the end of each year is added to our endowment funds, which help to ensure that we can continue to provide significant grants and innovative programming while maintaining our fiscal health and stability.
To show our appreciate to our Community Builders, we are pleased to provide a variety of benefits, ranging from early event access to preferred seating at our popular Summer Twilight Concerts. We hope you will consider joining us as a Community Builder.  For more information, please contact our Administrative Director, Jan Barnes, at info@delmarfoundation.org.

Community Builders

Champion Circle ($50,000 & More)

Howard Appel & Loreen P. Collins
Lynn & Charles Gaylord
Rosanne & Joel Holliday

Leader Circle ($25,000 to $49,999)

David Cohen
James H. Kennedy

Benefactor Circle ($10,000 to $24,999)

Jeff Barnouw
Douglas & Amanda Barry
Richard & Sharon Bockoff
Martha & Larry Brooks
Patricia & Marc Brutten
Mary Kathryn Campion & Stephen Liston
Joanne Chory & Steve Worland
Chuck Freebern
Melissa & Bob Gans
Kathy & Don Grimm
Judd & Susan Halenza
Karl & Greet Hostetler
Randy & Sandra Hoyle
Robert & Nancy McLeod
Jim & Bev Paulson
Ira & Rose Ann Sharp
Carolyn & Andy Singer
Judy & Tom Tullie
Philip & Margarita Wilkinson

Patron Circle ($4,000 to $9,999)

Jim Beyster
Fran & Nick Frost
Joan & Van Mankwitz
Mary Linderstein Walshok
Laura I. Walker

Founding Endowment Circle

In 2007, after 25 years of service to the Del Mar community, the Del Mar Foundation committed to creating and building an endowment to provide long term funding stability for community needs. The Founding Endowment Circle donors provided more than $600,000 to establish the endowment. We greatly appreciate these visionary philanthropists for their dedication and commitment to the Del Mar community.

CHAMPIONS ($50,000 MINIMUM DONATION)

Lynn & Charlie Gaylord
Rosanne & Joel Holliday
Gay & Albert Hugo-Martinez

LEADERS ($25,000 MINIMUM DONATION)

Darrese & Sam Borgese
Brooks & Marlou Crabtree Charitable Remainder Trust
Daniel & Robin Crabtree

BENEFACTORS ($10,000 MINIMUM DONATION)

Anklesaria Family Foundation
Carolyn & Jack Batzler
Molly & David Begent
Catherine & Phil Blair
Martha & Larry Brooks
Alice Brown
Cornelia & Joe Bruderer-Schwab
Susan & Tony Childs
Maile & Brett D’Arcy & The Gould Family Trust
Becky & Walter Dembitsky
Jacquelyn & Richard Earnest
Jack Filanc
Kim & Mark Filanc
Kathy & Jerry Finnell
Chuck Freebern
Barbara Freeman Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Rolande & Edward Fyfe
Melissa & Bob Gans
Margarete & Ivan Gayler
Emily & Cory Grant
Susan & Judd Halenza
Kathy & Gary Hardke
Arlene Harris & Martin Cooper

Carol & Richard Hertzberg
Sharon & Carl Hilliard
Di & Bryan Holker
Eileen & Cliff Huffman
Kelley & Wes Huggett
Theresa Jarvis
Patti & Joe Jelley
Linda & Mel Katz
Jim Kennedy
Carolyn & Tom Kling
Lisa & Stephen Lutz
Jill Weitzen MacDonald
Scott MacDonald
Joan & Van Mankwitz
Dean Meredith Architecture AIA
Sharon & Bill Scheele
Nancy Stoke
Alice & Joe Sullivan
Kenneth Swanson
Pat & Jack Thomas
Z.J.Waxenberg
Jo & Howard Weiner
Betty Wheeler & Dwight Worden
Burnet Wohlford
Dana Wohlford & Phil Kidd

30th Anniversary Community Endowment

To commemorate its 30th anniversary in 2012, the Del Mar Foundation set a goal of increasing the endowment to $1,000,000. The commitments from this campaign have enabled the Del Mar Foundation to expand the philanthropic support it provides to the community, and has grown the endowment so it may have a significant impact for future generations.

CHAMPIONS ($50,000 MINIMUM DONATION)

Lynn & Charlie Gaylord
Rosanne & Joel Holliday

BENEFACTORS ($10,000 MINIMUM DONATION)

Martha & Larry Brooks
Alice Brown
Brooks & Marlou Crabtree Charitable Remainder Trust
Daniel & Robin Crabtree
Kim & Mark Filanc
Chuck Freebern
Rolande & Edward Fyfe
Melissa & Bob Gans
Emily & Cory Grant
Susan & Judd Halenza
Erica & Michael Halpern
Sandra & Randy Hoyle
Eileen & Cliff Huffman
Arlene Harris & Martin Cooper
James Kennedy
Carolyn & Tom Kling
Jill Weitzen MacDonald
Joan & Van Mankwitz
Dean Meredith Architecture AIA
Loretta Morris
Carol Ostroff
Sharon & Bill Scheele

Lagoon Endowment

The San Dieguito Lagoon, a wetland of vital importance to the region’s ecology, and a major environmental and scenic resource for Del Mar residents, underwent a major restoration project completed in 2010 designed to restore the lagoon’s aquatic functions and habitat, as well as improve public access.

This restoration was conducted by and paid for (at an approx. project cost of $86 million) by Southern California Edison, and its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) partners, as an off-site mitigation project to satisfy the conditions of the California Coastal Commission for the construction and operation of SONGS.

Since 2004, the Foundation has managed a Lagoon Enhancement Endowment for the San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority (theSDRV-JPA). The purpose of this fund is to provide maintenance funds for the lagoon in the future, when Southern California Edison’s responsibility for the performance and maintenance of the restored wetland ends (anticipated in 2050), and maintenance of the lagoon becomes the responsibility of the SDRV-JPA.

The lagoon endowment was initiated in 2004 with a contribution of $500,000 from the JPA (funded by SCE and partners), and had $770,000 in assets as of 12/31/18. The Foundation’s Investment Committee oversees the management of the lagoon endowment funds.