An educator works with a child as part of the San Diego Center for Children’s Intensive Reading Improvement Program. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Center for Children

An educator works with a child as part of the San Diego Center for Children’s Intensive Reading Improvement Program. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Center for Children

— The David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, has awarded $12,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The funding will allow the center to cover any expenses related to the Intensive Reading Improvement Program, including staff, materials and curriculum.

The Intensive Reading Improvement Program provides targeted instructional intervention through one-on-one and small group instruction for San Diego Center for Children Academy students who are a year or more behind grade level in reading ability

Moisés Barón, president and CEO of the San Diego Center for Children said: “The project will provide the academy with the ideal physical spaces to accommodate future enrollment growth and ensure continued academic and therapeutic program excellence for all of our students, including through our Intensive Reading Improvement Program.”

The center provides evidence-based therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition age services to children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. With eight program sites and community-based services within hundreds of homes and schools across San Diego County, the center empowers more than 1,000 people every day.

As the only provider of an Intensive Reading Improvement Program in the county for children with complex behavioral health needs, the San Diego Center for Children’s program as well as the role of generous philanthropy continue to be crucial. Visit

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The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center announced that it received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation global product donation program in partnership with the California Dental Association Foundation’s dental materials and supplies grant. Through this program, Henry Schein Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental practitioners, provides recipient organizations with several health care product donations valued between $5,000 and $25,000 during the course of two years.

The grant will enable the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center to more effectively carry out its mission and expand its ability to provide care to low-income seniors in downtown San Diego.

Karen Becerra, CEO and dental director of the center said: “receiving these supplies will allow us to treat even more patients and continue to transform seniors’ lives...”

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The San Diego County Bar Foundation awarded $290,000 to organizations through its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund, benefitting those that deliver effective legal representation and programs to assist accused people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Six nonprofits serving the homeless, juveniles, veterans and wrongly convicted criminal defendants in North County, Central/Downtown San Diego and East County will receive funds from SDCBF’s 2017 grant cycle.

Grantees include: California Veterans Legal Task Force — $30,000; California Western School of Law — $100,000; Free to Thrive — $30,000; National Conflict Resolution Center — $50,000; St. Vincent de Paul Village — $30,000 and Think Dignity — $50,000.

The SDCBF manages two funds: one that provides much needed legal resources to foster children and at-risk youth, the sick and disabled, the elderly, immigrants and domestic violence victims through nearly a dozen organizations every year and its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund. ICD funds are available due to the Private Conflicts Counsel program run by the San Diego County Bar Association. Visit

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Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group was recognized for outstanding achievements in diabetes care at AMGA Foundation’s donor reception in Phoenix, Arizona recently. AMGA honored Sharp Rees-Stealy with the Best Performance by a Large Group award.

“Together 2 Goal” campaign is AMGA Foundation’s national initiative uniting 150 medical groups and health systems in an effort to improve the care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes by 2019.

As part of the campaign, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group implemented best practices to improve the quality of diabetes care and reported results for patients with diabetes on a variety of measures, including blood sugar control, blood pressure control, lipid management and testing for kidney disease.

“Sharp Rees-Stealy is leading the pack in improving diabetes care,” John W. Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer, AMGA and president AMGA Foundation said. “We are proud to collaborate with groups to improve care for 1 million people living with Type 2 diabetes.” Visit

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