The Cushman family from left: Nikolas Parrish, Kristen Parrish, Britny Camacho, Debby Cushman Parrish, Marjorie Cushman, Stephen Cushman, Lori Cushman Moore, Trevor Moore announce donations of $1.2 million to San Diego nonprofits. Photo courtesy of the Cushman Foundation

The Cushman family from left: Nikolas Parrish, Kristen Parrish, Britny Camacho, Debby Cushman Parrish, Marjorie Cushman, Stephen Cushman, Lori Cushman Moore, Trevor Moore announce donations of $1.2 million to San Diego nonprofits. Photo courtesy of the Cushman Foundation

— The Cushman Foundation announced that it launched an initiative this year, “Making a Difference for San Diego,” to impact worthy organizations throughout San Diego County. The intention is to provide funding for much needed services to diverse communities and to elevate or create new programs that truly make a difference in the community. These gifts are a part of the annual giving platform of giving back to San Diego that began more than 30 years ago.

From the 201 organizations that submitted applications through the Making a Difference for San Diego initiative, the Cushman Foundation announced that it awarded $1.2 million among 15 deserving organizations: Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, Burn Institute, Center for Community Solutions, Crisis House, Hannah’s House, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Leap to Success, Outdoor Outreach, Partners in College Success, Seacrest Foundation, Urban Street Angels, Wounded Warrior Homes, ElderHelp of San Diego, Interfaith Shelter Network, and UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project.

The Initiative is a commitment by the Cushman Foundation to give back to the city that has supported its family for seven generations. It is the philosophy of the Cushman Foundation to have a sense of social responsibility and to honor the communities in which it has conducted business.

Steve Cushman, patriarch of the family, is on the San Diego Business Journal’s San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders. He served as a commissioner for the San Diego Unified Port District from 1998 to 2010, has served on more than 70 boards. Visit cushenterprises.com.

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