Grants Approved At November Fund Board Meeting

University of Southern California (USC)
A grant to name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and establish an endowment to create the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. The grant honors the life of Sol Price, who obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from USC. Sol Price’s wife, Helen, and their grandson are also graduates of USC. The Center will devote its resources for the first five years to the San Diego community of City Heights, expanding to include an additional Southern California neighborhood for the following 15 years,  and adding a third neighborhood in year 20 and beyond. The Fund is excited to add a close working relationship with the faculty and students at USC but is equally committed to its relationship with San Diego State University, a long-time partner.

Jobs Initiative
Sustained six jobs at San Diego Canyonlands and created three jobs at the San Diego Future’s Foundation. Including these nine jobs, the Fund has financed 60 jobs in City Heights since the Jobs Initiative Program began in 2010. The jobs have provided meaningful employment and in most cases brought about environmental improvements to the community. Of the 60 jobs, 50 were filled by City Heights residents.

Voices for Children
A grant to support Voices for Children’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, which serves abused and neglected children in San Diego County. The CASA Program trains and supervises adult volunteers to serve as advocates for youth going through the foster care system. Voices for Children is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise sufficient resources to triple the number of CASAs by 2014.

San Diego Central Public Library
A five year grant to support the construction of the central library in downtown San Diego. When completed in mid 2013, the library will be more than twice the size of the existing library and house a charter school. The library will contain an art gallery, auditorium, special events room, and garden courtyard.

Oceanside Museum of Art
A four year grant to support the Oceanside Museum of Art’s education program for Oceanside Unified School District fifth graders. The standards-based curriculum is intended to educate students about art, enhance educational attainment, and enrich student outlook and imagination. The Museum hosts more than 15 modern and contemporary art exhibits each year in addition to concerts, films, culinary events, and parties.

San Diego Natural History Museum
Support for the San Diego Natural History Museum to develop a new core exhibition, Habitat Journey, which will reveal the extraordinary biodiversity of San Diego’s natural places. From the ocean to the shore to the chaparral, mountains, and desert, this region is a patchwork of habitats that are home to an amazing diversity of life. By encountering real specimens, immersive environments, and multisensory experiences, museum visitors will get to know the animals and plants that make this place unique and learn how we can live alongside them in ways that are healthy for us all. Habitat Journey is planned to open in 2014.