San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Foundation’s newest environmental initiative, the Climate Initiative, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Qualcomm Foundation. The grant enables the San Diego Foundation to work with a variety of local governments and nonprofits in the region to reach the goals of the Climate Initiative which are to advance comprehensive action throughout San Diego County to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the region’s resilience to climate change. Qualcomm’s funding has enabled The San Diego Foundation to support technical assistance for local governments and to convene public officials and nonprofits to identify crucial areas for regional coordination. It will also help San Diego Foundation support innovative research as a scientific foundation for effective public policy as well as building public awareness about the possible impacts of climate change in our region … The Ocean Discovery Institute received a $30,000 contribution from Boeing to support diverse members from the low-income community of City Heights in transforming canyon habitats that were socially and environmentally degraded into safe and healthy places for youth. Sempra Energy Foundation contributed $10,000 to this program and Gen Probe contributed $10,000. Other contributions to ODI were a $20,000 gift of recreational equipment and $10,000 to provide a pathway for disadvantaged youth from middle school through college. Through ODI’s variety of programs, students build their scientific knowledge and skills to develop solutions for environmental challenges … Ecolife Foundation received a $25,000 grant from Disney’s Friends for Change Latin America. When this environmental multiplatform initiative began in 2010, kids voted to help decide how Disney would distribute grants to 12 conservation projects focused on the environmental issues of climate, water, waste and habitats … San Diego Coastkeeper received $20,000 from Hunter Industries for clean water education programs including “Project SWELL,” a hands-on environmental science lessons program about water and pollution prevention. Qualcomm donated $35,000 to this program. The funds also support the marine debris effort to remove debris from our beaches. Coastkeeper also receives support from REI and Patagonia through financial funding and outreach partnerships … Wildcoast received a $25,000 gift from the Changing Horizons Fund of the Rockefeller Family Fund. In addition, Wildcoast launched a campaign to meet a $100,000 challenge grant from the Sandler Foundation where each gift will be matched. The mission of the organization is to conserve marine ecosystems … The California Ocean Protection Council received a $4 million grant to pay for baseline monitoring of the no-take coastal zones. Scientists from UC San Diego and San Diego State University along with several other institutions will assess everything from seabirds to spiny lobsters over the next three years. The council was created in 2004 with a mission that includes improving the protection of ocean ecosystems through science … The Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter, participated in this year’s Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project on July 30. The group of volunteers worked to clean up the beach followed by an after party at the SandBar Sports Grill. Surfrider Foundation is also a beneficiary of the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival being held on Aug. 19-20. Other beneficiaries of the event are Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Palomar Family YMCA and Fight ALD. “We’ve helped raise over $1 million for deserving local causes with this annual festival and we’re looking to hit our goal of $225,000 this year,” said Greg Koch, a partner in Stone Brewing Co. He and Steve Wagner founded the brewery in 1996 … Huntington’s Disease Society of America-San Diego won two awards at the 26th Annual National Convention on June 24. They were recognized as the top fundraising chapter and the top board development.

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