The RSF Foundation Continues to Provide Vital Support to Nonprofits – Rancho Santa Fe Review | CarTailz

Last year was a year of incremental change for the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation as a new CEO settled into the philanthropic organization and began charting a course for the group’s future.

Chris Sichel took the reins as the group’s new President and CEO in September 2021 after longtime CEO Christy Wilson announced her impending retirement. As the foundation’s first paid employee, Wilson had overseen its growth from $1 million in assets to $155 million and oversaw the disbursement of more than $110 million in grants during her tenure.

When he took office, Sichel said the change would be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and he has sought to stick to that plan and uphold the foundation’s core mission of supporting nonprofit organizations that serve women and the military/veterans communities, among others while brainstorming ideas to expand the foundation’s charitable footprint.

In 2022, Sichel said the foundation awarded more than $355,000 in grants to 15 groups serving military personnel. “That’s literally thousands of lives that have been touched,” he said.

Among the nonprofits supported was the Foundation for Women Warriors, a 102-year-old group focused on preventing homelessness among women veterans and improving their economic and personal well-being, said CEO Jodie Grenier.

“Our vision is that every veteran achieve the life she fought for, the quality of life she secured for every other American citizen,” Grenier said.

Women are the fastest-growing segment of the veterans’ population, and many are single mothers who resort to couchsurfing or sleep in their cars when they don’t have access to housing for themselves and their children, Grenier said.

The warrior women group provides emergency financial assistance to their clients to pay for rent, utilities, child care, car repairs or other necessities, she said.

The support of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and its affiliated funds and donors has been critical, granting $126,000 over the past four years. The RSF Foundation also offers expertise and advice and introduced the women warrior group to other donors in their network.

“Your support has been critical to our continued existence and growth,” said Grenier.

Overall, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation disbursed nearly $10 million in support over the past year, Sichel said, both near and far, such as humanitarian assistance to nonprofit organizations operating in Ukraine and neighboring countries .

One of the foundation’s tasks over the past year, Sichel said, has been to identify additional areas of need in the San Diego area where the foundation can focus its efforts. The results of its deliberations will be announced after the first of the year.

“Our goal is to invite philanthropists from across the region to join us in this fundraising process so we can make a greater impact in the community,” Sichel said. said sickle.

The foundation can help donors set up an endowment that preserves the principal donation and pays investment returns as grants, or a donor-advised fund that offers donors flexibility and allows for the payment of principal and interest.

The RSF Foundation also conducts its own research to identify suitable nonprofit organizations that meet donor needs and to ensure that recipient organizations are well-governed, financially sound, and successful in their missions.

“We want the strongest partners with a track record so we can make maximum impact with our donor dollars,” Sichel said.

Anyone can access the RSF Foundation’s website at rsffoundation.org, whether they have funds there or not, and see their listings of nonprofit organizations deemed trustworthy and effective and a range of groups such as active military, veterans and victims of the war in Ukraine.

In learning about the foundation and its work over the past year, Sichel said he is pleased with the generosity of the Rancho Santa Fe community.

“There are so many people who care about the community and the world, and share their dollars so generously, it’s heartwarming to be a part of this process,” he said.

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