Giving is good

Rebecca Kelley

Thu October 30, 2014 9:15pm

Norbert Stein, 101-year-old founding member of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, with daughter Livia Gail.

According to the National Philanthropic Trust, 95% of households give to charity and the top four charitable dollars went to religion (31%), education (16%), human services (12%) and grant-making foundations (11%).
Philanthropy is defined by the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, celebrates giving, volunteering and charitable engagement and acknowledges the accomplishments and individuals who support the philanthropic movement. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the movement, originally proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation has become our community’s charity. Founded in 2008, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation has 93 founding members, granted more than $100,000 to Chula Vista nonprofit programs and raised in excess $200,000 for the community endowment. Beneficiaries include: South Bay Family YMCA, ARC of San Diego’s Chula Vista Starlight Center, Chula Vista Community Collaborative, Chula Vista Public Library, Salt Creek Elementary, I Love a Clean San Diego, St. Rose of Lima’s Sister Dolores Project and WeSupportU. The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation was created by Chula Vistans for Chula Vistans.
“We joined the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation because we wanted to give back to our community. Giving to such a great cause has made us feel empowered to plant the seed in our community. Our experience has been rewarding and exciting to see what a group of people working together can do. Our family feels honored to be part of such a wonderful organization,” stated Gerald and Sara Ramirez, CVCF founding members and east Chula Vista residents.
“I have seen so many changes in Chula Vista over the last 40 years and it’s exciting to see the continual improvements for all of the residents. I joined the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation last year to honor my two sons, Sean and Kyle, who were tragically killed in 2011. I know that they want me to continue to contribute to the community and to make positive changes in people’s lives. I think this is one of the ways that I can do that and carry on their ideals for making this world a better place, one person at a time,” stated Maria Pe, Otay Ranch resident and CVCF founding member.
President Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” For more information on how you can invest in our community, visit the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation’s website at
Rebecca Kelley is South County regional director of marketing, media and community relations at South Bay YMCA.