june 27, 2003



Got An Idea to Help the Community?

By Lynn Gaylord

The Del Mar Foundation has historically been the incubator of great projects in our community. Sometimes the idea for a project might come from a board member like the idea for an organization to help senior citizens in Del Mar which became Del Mar Community Connections. Other projects have come from interested citizens who approach the board with an idea and just need the funding or support through our non-profit 501(c)(3) status. Such a recent example is the Del Mar Foundation's fiscal sponsorship of the Del Mar Library Wall Mosaic.

Each year the Foundation is committed to grant a certain number of dollars to what it thinks are worthwhile projects. In the past, the Foundation has given funding to the Del Mar Historical Society to further its oral history project. The fire station on Jimmy Durante Blvd. has a new kitchen as a result several years ago of Del Mar Foundation funding. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Program is partially funded through grants from the Foundation. A beautiful brochure illustrating the birds of the San Dieguito river valley was also recently funded by the Del Mar Foundation.

Sometimes the Foundation has acted as a 501(c)(3), or fiscal sponsor, to bring about an organization which should in every right eventually stand on its own.

Such recent examples have been the Powerhouse Community Center which now has its own non-profit status in the Friends of the Powerhouse. Another example is the building of the Del Mar Library which now has the Friends of the Library as its non-profit organization. Del Mar Community Connections benefitted from our fiscal sponsorship as well in its infancy. Presently, we are acting as a fiscal sponsor to the Del Mar Garden Club so that many of the street beautification projects along Camino Del Mar will enjoy a tax deductible status.

So why this article you ask? It is time for the Foundation to look at requests from citizens and organizations who might have a great idea for a project to make Del Mar a better place to live. We invite your ideas. Please contact Barbara Myers who is the chairperson of the Foundation's Grants Committee with any ideas or suggestions. You may also log onto www.delmarfoundation.org and click on "Grants." There you can get a sense of the kinds of projects we support and download an application. Or you can call the Del Mar Foundation at (858) 404-0580 or write to P.O. Box 2913, Del Mar, Ca. 92014 and request an application. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lynn Gaylord is President of The Del Mar Foundation. If you are interested in helping with the Foundation's projects, please call (858) 404-0580.