Vi and Dan McKinney YWCA Becky’s House
Vi and Dan McKinney YWCA Becky’s House
The YWCA of San Diego County has received a $5 million gift from Vi and Dan McKinney. To honor their unwavering commitment and dedication to the women and families impacted by domestic violence, the Becky’s House Emergency Shelter will be renamed The Vi McKinney Becky’s House Shelter. As one of the largest philanthropic contributions since the YWCA’s founding in 1908, the McKinney’s gift marks a significant milestone in the organization’s history. Through a designated Future Fund, this contribution will allow the YWCA to accelerate plans to achieve financial stability and enhance its long-term impact for women, children, and families facing domestic violence and homelessness. “Vi and Dan McKinney’s remarkable gift is providing the foundation for our future and will enable the YWCA of San Diego County to serve the community for generations to come,” said Heather Finlay, CEO of the YWCA of San Diego County.
SDGMC Check Presentation – San Diego Botanical Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden has received a $1 million pledge towards the creation of the Garden’s education and events facility, recently named the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion. “This tremendous grant awarded to us by our close friends and neighbors, the Leichtag Foundation, has helped the San Diego Botanic Garden to take a significant step towards making the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion a reality,” said Julian Duval, president and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden. The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation has extended the deadline for their $1 million challenge grant, which was pledged in December 2013. The Garden now has until December 31, 2015 to raise the remaining $1.3 million of the $3 million in additional funding needed to meet the challenge goal. Upon successful completion of the Come Grow with Us! campaign, the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion will be located adjacent to the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden. The Pavilion will provide an enclosed space for expanded educational offerings, as well as a meeting and event space for up to 400 visitors.
The 11th annual “Harvest for Hope” held on Sept. 7 raised $110,000 for the Emilio Nares Foundation to support the operation of two new vans for ENF’s “Ride with Emilio” transportation program. The Downing Family Foundation offered a challenge grant of $35,000 for a new van if ENF could match it which would allow ENF to buy the second van. ENF’s donors came through with an additional $48,000 which will allow ENF to purchase two new vans.
For the 5th year, Torrey Pines Bank is supporting SAY San Diego for its back to school drive. Employees of the bank collected 13,000 units which included folders, pens, rulers, highlighters to give San Diego school children the supplies they need as they go back to school.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego received a $500,000 grant from Wendy and Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman. The funds will support continued operations of the Scripps Co2 Group over the next five years, which maintains the Keeling Curve measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. CO2 Group Director Ralph Keeling said the grant will make it possible for his team to restore atmospheric measurements that had been discontinued because of a lack of funding, address a three-year backlog of samples that have been collected but not analyzed, and enhance outreach efforts that educate the public about the role carbon dioxide plays in climate.
The San Diego Public Library Foundation is presenting Celebration Under the Dome on Oct. 10 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the San Diego Central Library. Proceeds from the evening will fund innovative technology and programming at all 36 public libraries across San Diego. Qualcomm is the Innovation Sponsor.
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