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Foundation Funds Help Meet Critical Needs in Oceanside

Oceanside Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $60,000 in grants to three local nonprofits at its Ninth Annual Grants Celebration at the Oceanside Museum of Art. This year, OCF supported programs that prevent hunger and homelessness, or aid individuals currently homeless in the Oceanside community. The grants were: Oceanside Senior Nutrition Program with the Oceanside Senior Citizens Association, $10,000; Care for Hungry and Homeless Neighbors program with Brother Benno Foundation, $25,000; New Directions Transition Housing—Turning Hope Into a Home project with Casa de Amparo, $25,000.

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced $270,000 in grants to 31 nonprofits dedicated to providing workforce development and educational opportunities throughout San Diego. According to the Council for Community and Economic Research, the cost of living in San Diego is around 30 percent higher than the national average. The greatest contributor to this difference is San Diego’s cost of housing, which is around 100 percent greater than the national average.

Rick Bregman, San Diego market president for Bank of America, said the bank shares the vision to “help people obtain the skills necessary to lead financially stable and independent lives.”

One of the organizations that received funding is REBOOT San Diego, which helps support its veteran’s transition program with job skills and career education. The grant allows REBOOT to expand its efforts to North San Diego County to offer monthly workshops to Marines from Camp Pendleton and veterans in the area.

“Our efforts to date have helped over 1,450 transitioning service members and veterans throughout Southern California and Norfolk, Virginia, maintaining a steady 97 percent success rate,” said Maurice Wilson, MCPO USN (Ret.), president/executive director of REBOOT.

Other organizations receiving grants include: Accion San Diego, Asian Business Association, Barrio Logan College Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Cleantech Education Foundation, CONNECT, East County Economic Development Council, I Love A Clean San Diego, International Rescue Committee, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Just In Time For Foster Youth, Monarch School, Ocean Discovery Institute, Promises2Kids, PsychArmor, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Reality Changers, The Rosie Network, San Diego Mana, San Diego Regional Small Business Development Corp., Second Chance, San Diego Workforce Partnership, South Bay Community Services, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Training Center, Teach For America, Urban Corps of San Diego, USS Midway Museum, Voices For Children, Workshops For Warriors and YMCA of San Diego County.

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The Skaggs family has given a new $2 million gift to support exceptional students in The Scripps Research Institute graduate program.

TSRI CEO Peter Schultz said the new endowment, which brings the family’s total gifts to TSRI to approximately $131 million, will help the program recruit the best students for advanced training at the intersection of biology and chemistry.

Beginning this fall, one exceptional member of the entering class will be selected by the TSRI admissions committee to be designated as a Skaggs Fellow. The Skaggs Fellow’s first-year stipend will be paid from the new endowment funds. In addition, in subsequent years of study, the student will receive a research supplement of up to $5,000. Visit education.scripps.edu.

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The city of Carlsbad and Coast Waste Management have named ViaSat Inc. as the first “Recycling Champion” recipient of 2016. Carlsbad and Coast Waste Management’s Green Business Program recognizes Carlsbad businesses for their exemplary recycling efforts each quarter.

“Thinking green and reducing waste is at the core of our corporate culture,” said Rick Baldridge, ViaSat’s president and COO. “For us, it is about sharing in a social responsibility to make smarter environmental choices and maximizing every opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Nominations for the Recycling Champion are submitted by Coast Waste Management drivers from their respective routes based on several criteria including frequency of recycling and cleanliness of containers, meaning that no contaminants such as garbage is mixed in with recyclables.

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