The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers joined more than 30 philanthropic organizations Wednesday in pledging more than $170 million in support over the next five years for veterans and military families.
The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, a local community foundation, pledged $500,000; San Diego Grantmakers, a nonprofit membership association serving philanthropic organizations and individuals, committed continued support as a facilitator of philanthropic efforts benefitting this population.
The commitments are part of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, launched in partnership with the White House’s national Joining Forces initiative in order to convene funders and build momentum around programs that support service members, veterans and their families in local communities as the country draws down from 12 years of war. The pledge was announced at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations and the White Oak Summit Steering Committee, and attended by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
San Diego has the third highest veteran population in the country and is the number one destination for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Every year, an estimated 15,000 Marines and sailors depart from service in our region and about half are expected to call San Diego home.