The San Diego Sockers.

At one of their recent games, the San Diego Sockers hosted a celebrity soccer match as the half-time show including local celebrities such as Rob Machado, Miles Doughty and Shannon MacMillan. In addition to organizing one of the teams for the match, California Coast Credit Union was the Platinum Sponsor of the San Diego Sockers for the 2017-18 season, the second year of the partnership with the 14-time champion Sockers. “Cal Coast and the Sockers enjoyed a very successful partnership last season, and we are excited to extend that winning streak into this season,” Cal Coast President/CEO Todd Lane shared with Giving Back Magazine. “The Sockers are not only a talented team of professional athletes, but they also share our commitment to supporting and serving the community.” California Coast Credit Union will continue to leverage their partnership with the Sockers to support local non-profits, schools and other organizations. This season, a portion of the proceeds from each Sockers ticket sold on the Cal Coast website was donated to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation, a local non-profit that provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers.

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The Nine Months Matter Coalition.

The Nine Months Matter Coalition will host its first ever Del Mar Derby Day Fashion Show Fundraiser on July 14 in Fairbanks Ranch. Event features include mocktails, champagne and chocolate, Paris fashion by Le Boudoir and original hats by Aimee Meals, as well as a silent auction and a live auction. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for your Del Mar Races opening day outfit!

Jewish Family Foundation

Father Joe’s Villages.

Your automobile is worth more when it is used to drive change in your community. When you donate a car or other vehicle to Father Joe’s Villages, you help provide critical services to people experiencing homelessness in San Diego including housing, meals, healthcare, job training and more. More than two-thirds of Father Joe’s Villages’ budget comes from private donors, including contributions of household goods, cars and other vehicles.

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.

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