Jewish Community Foundation

The Cushman Foundation’s Grants Program Aspires to Support Our City.

The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) is pleased to be managing the Cushman Foundation’s Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program. Over $1 million will be granted to organizations demonstrating the greatest impact on San Diego.

Lori Walton

Philanthropy Editor.

For the last ten years, I have had the privilege of getting to know Danitza and Esteban Villanueva through the nonprofits that we both support. Joining Danitza and Esteban’s team at Giving Back Magazine is truly my greatest honor.

My love and appreciation for nonprofit work began in college when I was selected to join UCLA’s official undergraduate service organization. I didn’t have a lot of money in college but I could contribute my time and talent to make an impact. From my college experience, I decided that for me, the ultimate sign of success is giving back.

Make A Wish


Together, Make-A-Wish and its community partners create life-changing experiences for children with critical illnesses. While many wishes involve travel outside of San Diego, others like backyard and bedroom makeovers may require expertise in a specific trade to make them possible. In 2013, Make-A-Wish San Diego formed a partnership with the Associated General Contractors (AGC), San Diego Chapter that would prove to be a game changer for local wish kids. Through this partnership, the AGC engages a network of construction industry leaders on its AGC Build & Serve Charitable Alliance to advise, facilitate, and recruit contractors to grant local wishes that necessitate such work.



Promises2Kids creates a brighter future for foster children in San Diego County. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better… now and for years to come. The programs include Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds, and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center. These programs assist Promises2Kids in its mission to create a brighter future for foster youth.

Rey Mysterio

Sycuan Casino.

Standing only 5-foot-6 and weighing barely 175 pounds, a lack of size did not stop the incomparable Rey Mysterio from achieving giant dreams. As a professional wrestler, Rey Mysterio has captured the WWE Championship and outlasted 30 Superstars to win the Royal Rumble. Whether he was standing up to a dangerous giant like Kane or flying down from the top of a steel cage, The Ultimate Underdog is known for refusing to be intimidated inside ring.
First establishing himself in the cruiserweight and tag team divisions, the Mexican Superstar soon proved that size doesn’t matter when he beat the odds to win the Royal Rumble Match in 2006. From there, Mysterio accomplished the inconceivable when he won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22, becoming the smallest Superstar ever to hold that title.


San Diego Scoliosis Awareness & Fundraising Event 

In San Diego, over 100,000 individuals have scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine affecting people of all ages, from infancy through adulthood. The majority of those affected however, are adolescents.

Since 2008, the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation (SSSF), headquartered in San Diego, has supported families impacted by spine disorders by providing access to medical research, family-friendly educational tools and a safe online platform for patients to share their stories.

Voices For Children

Voices for Children as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).

Foster care and adoption are virtually inseparable topics. The stories we find in the media about foster care are often happy tales of children finding their “forever homes.” While those accounts are uplifting, the fact is that adoption from foster care is rare.

Health Tips

By Angelica Gavaldon.

How important is sleep? We all hear about the importance of sleep, but just how much do we really need and how much do we actually benefit from it?

I am one to wake up before anyone else does in my house. With breakfasts to be made, preparing school lunches and snacks, making sure to get my son Noah to school on time, and wanting to get in my work out before I start my day. I am sometimes up at 5 A.M.! But there is no need to feel bad for me; Noah goes to sleep by 7:30 P.M., and so do I. This is why I still feel full of energy the next day!

Kurt Honold

Tijuana at Heart.

Kurt Honold is someone I admire not only for his passion to promote the great city of Tijuana, but for his ability to balance his life, staying healthy and maintaining a beautiful family and marriage.

From a very young age, Kurt’s father taught him and his brothers the importance of exercise. Exercising is part of his life and tries to do it every single day whether going to the gym or mountain biking. Being active helps his mind stay fresh and think more clearly!

Swa Fanny Miller

Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is proud of our continued commitment to champion entrepreneurs and the small business community. In addition to actively engaging with chambers of commerce in the cities we serve, our Supplier Diversity program is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged, small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses. This month, we celebrate Fanny Miller for her leadership of an empowering movement through its annual Celebrando Latinas Conference. The conference is in San Diego and is the largest Spanish conference for women in the country. The conference provides opportunities for networking, mentoring, and inspiration. By continuing to support Celebrando Latinas Conference, Southwest is confirming its commitment to connect People to what's important in their lives. I hope to see you at the conference!

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