The Rancho Santa Fe RSF Foundation and its donors have donated nearly $6 million in the last fifteen years alone to support local nonprofit organizations in Rancho Santa Fe. Following a competitive grant process in November, the foundation is proud to announce the 2014 grants were awarded to the RSF Historical Society, the RSF Library Guild, and Helen Woodward Animal Center. According to Sue Pyke, Donor Services Director at the RSF Foundation, “The programs that received funding all have an emphasis on connecting participants with the local and regional community.”
The $5,000 grant given to the RSF Historical Society will help fund the digitization of the organization’s archival collection and create an educational program for third grade students. Sue elaborated, “This project supports the historical society’s goal to provide for both the preservation and accessibility of the collections to the RSF community, and to connect residents to Rancho Santa Fe and its past.”
The RSF Library received a gift of $2,100, which will help fund the Guild’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program. “I speak for everyone here when I say that we love what we do,” said Susan Appleby, Guild Membership and Development Manager. “When we receive assistance to do this work, it makes all the difference.”
The Therapeutic Riding program at the Helen Woodward Animal Center has provided a special type of therapy to children and adults with special needs since 1986. With the $5,000 grant, the organization will be able to continue to provide riding lessons and care for therapy horses at a minimal cost to participants. Additionally, full scholarships can be awarded to participants. The grant helps underwrite the animal center’s cost for over forty lessons.