DMF: Giving Liberates the Soul

Giving Liberates the Soul – Maya Angelou

The Del Mar Foundation works throughout the year to find opportunities to make grants to organizations with great ideas for the benefit of our community.


This year, we’ve made grants for new trees to beautify our city and help meet Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan’s goal of increasing our tree canopy. That includes six Torrey Pines (Shores Park, Pine Bluff Preserve/Hidden Gulch Pathway), a beautiful Metrosideros ‘Spring Fire’ for the Library’s garden, plus new trees at the Post Office, as part of the commitment DMF made to plant 40 trees to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The photo below shows Hector Maldonado and Mary Friestedt, President of the Del Mar Garden Club, planting the new tree at the Library.

Other grants we’ve made recently include:  Two new all-terrain wheelchairs and beach mats to make Del Mar’s beach more accessible; a grant to fund a Symposium on Adapting to Climate Change in Del Mar on Nov. 12; the Red Nose Run, a charity walk/run that takes place on Dec. 9; and a grant to the Del Mar Garden Club to help with the cost of maintaining the many gardens they care for throughout town, including the Post Office, Library, Crest Canyon Rim, and Del Mar Community Building gardens. As in past years, DMF has fully funded DMCC’s 2023 Tuesday Lunch Connections program, which provides a terrific lunch, speaker, and socialization opportunity twice each month for some of Del Mar’s “most mature” seniors.


And if you’ve been to a nighttime event lately, you may have benefitted from a new “balloon light” that provides lighting after dark for community events at the Del Mar Civic Center and Powerhouse Park, and can also be used by Public Works for emergency nighttime work.  If you’re a DMF donor, we hope Maya Angelou’s words about the value of giving have been true for you, and we thank you for your generosity.