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Support the DMF

The work of the Foundation is to provide enriching programs for our community's residents and to provide grants to organizations that provide programs and services to our community. Funding for most of these programs relies on the generous support of donors to the foundation. Without this support we could not provide the scope of programming or any of the grants we make. Since we are a qualified 501(c)(3) corporation, these donations are generally tax-deductible. 

Click here to make a donation in any amount now.

Support Our Programs & Grants

We welcome and greatly appreciate your donations for the Foundation's operating budget. These donations support the annual programs sponsored by the foundation such as the Twilight Concerts, the Children's Programs, Arts programs, etc.

These funds also provide money for the grants that we make to other organizations. Past grants have provided support for the Junior Lifeguard program and special needs of the Del Mar Lifeguards; educational programs about the San Dieguito Lagoon, including elementary school field trips focusing on lagoon ecology, bus tours to inform the community about the current restoration of the lagoon, and the publication of a brochure, Birds of the San Dieguito Lagoon ; and equipment requested by the Del Mar Fire Department for Del Mar's Community Emergency Response Team ( CERT ). The Foundation has also provided support to other organizations that serve the community, including the Del Mar Library, the Powerhouse Community Center , Keep Del Mar Clean, and Del Mar TV.

To make a donation to the Foundation for our programs and grants, send your check to: Del Mar Foundation, P.O. Box 2913 , Del Mar, CA 92014. If you have questions, or if the Foundation can assist you with other forms of giving, please call 858-635-1363, or send an email to:

Community Endowment

In 2007, in celebration of 25 years of service to the Del Mar community, the Foundation committed to establish and build an endowment program to provide long term funding stability for community needs. With 100% board participation and key founding pledges in hand, we invite you to consider becoming an Endowment Founder.

A gift to the endowment will provide benefits to the community in perpetuity, because only a portion of the earnings will be used for annual spending and grants, and the principal and a portion of the earnings will be used to grow endowment to enable the foundation to support future projects. An endowment is an essential part of building a community foundation that has a stable source of funding and can therefore support long term projects that will benefit the community.

We welcome appreciate endowment gifts at all levels. To make an endowment donation or pledge, or for more information about the endowment program or how to become an Endowment Founder, please call 858-635-1363, or send an email to:

Summer Twilight Concerts

The Del Mar Foundation has produced the Twilight Concerts for 30 years. The four Twilight Concerts, held at Powerhouse Park each summer, are among the most popular events presented by the Foundation. Each year, the concert series is supported by generous donations from Del Mar and San Diego businesses. Many local businesses offer in-kind support as well. For information about sponsorship opportunities email us at or call us at 858-635-1363.   For more information about the Summer Twilight Concert series click here.

To buy a blanket and get the best seats at the 2014 Twilight Concerts, click here.

Planned Giving & Legacy Society

By naming the Del Mar Foundation as a beneficiary in your estate plans, you become a member of the Del Mar
Foundation’s LEGACY SOCIETY. Planned gifts provide a way to make a lasting positive impact on the Del Mar
Foundation and community while also creating valuable income tax, capital gains tax and/or estate tax advantages.
With a gift to the Del Mar Foundation, the benefits are endless, from building a lasting legacy to knowing you are
making a profound impact in your community. With planning, you can make the most of your gift by receiving
tax benefits while also providing for your loved ones. A wide range of planned giving options are available,
including bequests, retirement plan assets, life insurance, life tenancy, and income-producing gifts. For additional
information on specific options, click on the links below:


bequest by will

gift of real estate

gift of life insurance

charitable lead trust

charitabe remainder trust


Becoming a member of the LEGACY SOCIETY is easy! Simply call (858) 635-1363 or email: and let us know you have already named the Del Mar Foundation as a beneficiary
in your estate plans or you would like more information on the benefits of joining the Legacy Society, or print and return the 
reply card below.

Legacy Society brochure (PDF)  Legacy Society reply card (PDF)

Legacy Society members enjoy:
• Invitation to annual donor recognition events
• Listing in annual report and other print materials
• Advance notice of special events sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation

Vehicle Donations

If you have an unneeded car just gathering dust, but don't want the hassle of having to sell it, consider donating it to the Del Mar Foundation. It's as easy as one stress-free phone call to 877-537-5277. Funds from donated vehicles support Del Mar Foundation programs and grants.

How it works: All you need is a clear title, and we'll take care of the rest, including pickup, at no cost to you. Once your vehicle has been sold, you'll be sent a receipt for your tax records, and the sale proceeds will be donated to the Del Mar Foundation in your name. You may also receive a tax deduction!