Del Mar Foundation

Dear Foundation Friends,
We're writing to share with you a significant donation, totaling $180,820, the Foundation is making to provide support to our community in these extraordinary times.

We invite you to watch our presentation of this donation to the City Council on Monday (Aug. 3). See below for viewing options.

Our response to Covid-19: The current Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on our country, state, county and city. The Del Mar Foundation recognizes our unique position to support the Del Mar community during this period, in accordance with our mission. Since March, we have increased our support of various Del Mar-based organizations to help mitigate the effect of this crisis, including Del Mar Community Connections (Pandemic Response Driver Program), the Del Mar Village Association (Fueling the Front Line), and St. Peter's Church's Helping Hands food program.

Announcing our new initiative to support our community: The Foundation's Board of Directors is also aware of the severe impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the City's finances, and concluded that we could make a significant difference. Our goal: to restore funding where possible for budget items important to our community, connected to the Foundation's mission, and within our ability to fund, that the City had to cut from its budget because of the crisis.

With direction from our Board and Executive Committee, the Foundation Treasurer, Alan Lonbom, has worked closely with the City to identify potential items for funding, and to perform due diligence for the Foundation with respect to our ability to provide support. We worked on an expedited schedule to allow our Board to fully consider and approve a significant proposed donation. We also engaged the expertise resident in the Foundation's Grants Committee to assess the areas where we could best help.

We are pleased to report that the Foundation has approved a donation to the City totaling $180,820 for specific identified needs. This donation restores funding in the City's original FY20-21 budget, in the following categories:

Community Services - $66,900
Fire Department - $15,300
Public Works - $12,400
Human Resources - $3,500
Advisory Committee Support - $2,720
Capital Improvements - $80,000

The Foundation will be presenting the details of this donation at the City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 (4:30 pm). The Council is expected to take formal action to accept this donation.

To watch our presentation at Monday's 4:30 City Council meeting:
Watch on TV: (Spectrum TV Ch. 24 (AT&T Channel 99) 
Watch as a live stream on your computer:
Watch later: A video of the meeting will be online (usually posted the following day):
View our Presentaion: Our Powerpoint presentation will be posted on our website on Monday shortly after the Council takes formal action to accept our donation. Find it here on Monday evening:

We thank you , our donors, volunteers, and supporters who, over the past 38 years, have worked to form the Del Mar Foundation into what it is today, with the resources to make grants and donations for important community needs. We hope that this funding will benefit our community as we work together to overcome the challenges Covid-19 presents to our individual and collective health and safety, and our community’s well-being. 
Our Capital Improvements donations include significant repairs to the 17th Street Beach Safety Center (above, top photo) and funds for the extension of Riverpath Del Mar from the Grand Ave. Bridge (Overlook) to Crest Canyon (above, 2nd photo).

The Del Mar Foundation was founded in 1982 and is the oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Del Mar. The Foundation promotes civic pride and cohesiveness, acquires and preserves open space, improves beaches and parkland, raises and grants funds, and sponsors diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit our website at