San Marcos Community Foundation

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Mission and Purpose 

The San Marcos Community Foundation (SMCF) serves to enrich the quality of life for the community of San Marcos and has been doing so since 1988.  The Foundation continually strives to seek opportunities to strengthen our community, and the non-profit organizations serving it.  The SMCF is a nonprofit public benefit corporation providing financial assistance for the purpose of benefiting the City or its residents.  The Foundation was established by the San Marcos City Council on October 27, 1987, creating an
Endowment Fund originating from a one million dollar contribution by the builders of the North County Energy and Resource Recovery Center.   The Foundation provides grants to a wide variety of nonprofit groups serving San Marcos residents.  Grants have been awarded to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations serving different purposes:

- Arts & Culture         - Health & Well-being 
- Children & Youth   - Seniors 
- Civic Life                  - Wildlife 
- Education

Quick Links:

2020 Grant Due Dates and New Time - 5:00 P.M.

Donating to the Foundation - Now and Forever Campaign

Grants (Types, Eligibility, and Frequently Asked Questions)

Grant Applications and Resources

FY2019/20 Grants to Date

Grant Recipient Feedback

FY 2018/19 Report to the San Marcos City Council

Board Membership:     Seven members appointed by the City Council

Meeting Schedule: 

Third Tuesday of February, May, August and November at 6:00 pm 

City Hall – San Marcos Room.

In addition to the SMCF Board meetings, the Grant Funding Committee (GFC) meets on the second Wednesday of January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November at 6pm at City Hall in the San Marcos Room. The GFC does not meet in March, June, September and December. Grant Funding Committee membership rotates between SMCF Board Members.

Length of Term:    Two years       
Responsible Department:  City Manager's Office

Applicant must reside in or have a business in the City of San Marcos to serve on the SMCF Board.

Compensation:     None
Financial Disclosure:   Must submit Conflict of Interest statements (FPPC Form 700)
Training:  Staff provides an initial orientation and ethics training in accordance with state law   


SMCF CONTACT: Julie Magee | (760) 744-1050 x3137 |

Name Appointed Expiration
Lionel Burton 01/14/2020 12/31/2021
Colleen Lukoff 01/14/2020  12/31/2021
Rob Wilson 01/22/2019  12/31/2020
Robert Banks
Paul Vanmiddlesworth 01/22/2019 12/31/2020
Lesley Blankenship-Williams 01/22/2019 12/31/2020
Carol Gendel 06/11/2019 12/31/2021

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