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Nonprofit Profile , Rebuilding Together San Diego

Pamela Thorsch, executive director

Mission of organization: Rebuilding is a local nonprofit, and affiliate of the nation’s largest volunteer organization whose mission is to renovate homes and preserve affordable home ownership for low-income families, seniors and the disabled through our home renovation program.

Telephone: (619) 231-7873.

Web site:

Founded: 1995.

Milestone: Over the past 12 years, we have revitalized homes, neighborhoods and lives throughout San Diego, completing over 300 projects and investing more than $6.5 million dollars in market value into our community.

Annual income: $350,000.

Expense allocation: 82 percent of our budget is spent on programs, 18 percent on administration.

Corporate support: A few of our major sponsors include Bank of America, Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, Booz Allen Hamilton, Clark Construction, Goodrich Corp., LPL Financial, Lowe’s Cos., San Diego Association of Realtors, Turner Construction, Union Bank.

Corporate supporters: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, Carpenters Union Local 547, Red Bull, Sleep Train, San Diego Gas and Electric Co. Energy Team, Anderson Plumbing, Treebeard Landscape Inc. and Vista Paint.

Board chair: Rod Weichelt, Banding Wholesale Distributors

Board members: May Chan, DLA Piper Rudnick; Chip Hastie, Clark Construction; Rick Cook, Cook & Schmid Public Relations; Maxine Fischer, American Association of Retired People; Dan Krachon, Turner Construction; Michael Van Horne, Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP.

Employees: One full-time and two part-time.

Volunteers: More than 1,600 volunteers annually.

Events: Annual April rebuilding day, year-round home renovation program, Taking It to the Streets initiative, fall neighborhood revitalization day.

Wish list: Pay off mortgage of our office/warehouse and cargo van. Increase the membership of our board and develop more strategic partnerships.


Recent challenge: Being grant-dependent. Need to develop diverse revenue streams to support our program and operations.

Measures of success: Ongoing support of numerous corporate sponsors and volunteers who rally with us to make a difference in our community.

Smartest move: Purchasing our building.

Missed opportunity: Moving too fast to know that I missed it!

Misconception: That we have a large staff and lots of money.


Personal path to nonprofit work: My giving nature and passion.

Toughest aspect: Fund-raising. Everyone loves to paint, but not write checks.

Most surprising aspect: The number of people who respond to my requests for help.

Biggest pain: Some recipients’ sense of entitlement.

Greatest pleasure: Knowing I make a measurable difference , daily.


Best recent moment: Securing the donation of a central heating unit for a family who has gone without heat for years.

Worst recent moment: Every time a donation request is rejected.

Dream for another life: Being in a hammock on the beach with a cocktail.

Downtime: What down time?

Causes: Anything that directly helps those in need.

Most like to meet: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates with checkbooks and pens in hand.


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