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Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Inspired Giving - Close to Home and Around the World

Rancho Santa Fe, CA   |  www.rsffoundation.org

Mission

The mission of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is to connect donors with regional and global needs through visionary community leadership, personalized service and effective grantmaking.

Ruling year info

1982

President & CEO

Ben Moraga

Main address

P.O. Box 811

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 USA

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Formerly known as

Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation

EIN

95-3709639

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation addresses the pressing needs of our community by bringing the right people and organizations together to help donors leverage impact and nonprofits accelerate progress. When donating directly to causes, an individual philanthropists contribution, though significant, remains fairly isolated. When that same gift is made through collaborative grantmaking, donors are able to combine the giving power of many, creating a much larger collective fund that can be strategically directed toward key community needs. Collaborative grantmaking brings together funders and volunteer subject matter advisors from various backgrounds, creating a unique mix of ideas, expertise, and perspectives. This enriches the grantmaking resources and decision-making process, leading to more innovative solutions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grant making

For over 40 years, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has been dedicated to developing personal
relationships with donors, providing exceptional stewardship of the funds invested with us, and
addressing the most pressing needs in our community. In 2022, we awarded over $12.8 million, resulting in 1,491 grants to outstanding nonprofits. Stewarding over $159 million in assets, RSFF brings the right people and organizations together to help donors leverage impact and nonprofits accelerate progress.

An endowment fund at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is a permanent fund that builds a legacy for the future of a charitable organization. As it grows through contributions and investment earnings, the fund provides annual support for both the current needs and the long-term sustainability of the organization. Nonprofit organizations also have a non-endowed fund option. This type of fund may be set up for special projects, or as a first step toward establishing an endowment.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2013

Accredited Community Foundation 2021

Affiliations & memberships

League of California Community Foundations 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The RSF Foundation is a community foundation that aims to provide philanthropic resources to assist donors in increasing the impact of their charitable giving.

As a community foundation, RSF Foundation is uniquely positioned with expertise in local and regional community issues. We offer programs for collective grantmaking to enable donors to make more of an impact together than most could do alone. We also provide donor advised funds, legacy funds for planned giving, nonprofit endowment funds and trustworthy advice for charitable giving opportunities.

We have a board of directors with professional financial and philanthropic expertise, senior staff with decades of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic fields, and current technology systems to support donor needs.

RSF Foundation is a recognized community leader for grants supporting military and veteran serving nonprofits and collaborative Community Impact Fund grants. Donors value the board and staff expertise for stewardship of their charitable funds and trustworthy, personalized advice for strategic philanthropy.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Kitchens

Thomas Buchholz

Elaine Dodge

Mike Gregoire

Ken Little

Matt Miller

Richard Montano

Denise Stillinger

Michael Dyer

Linda Kitchens

Tracy Mitchell

Rick Norling

Carl Wiese

Janette Pritchard

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes