The Gold Diggers Mission Statement

The Gold Diggers (Gifts of Loving Donors) is a non-profit volunteer membership organization, which concerns itself with members of our community with special needs including but not limited to children and their caregivers, the elderly, crime victims, and others.  We support the development and continuation of programs, agencies, and individuals that render service in these areas by assisting with funding, services, and/or in-kind donations. your paragraph here.


Our Proud History of Philanthropy

1993    $1,600 in grants was given to Homestart Family Resource Center to help finance a trip to Washington, D.C. by the winner of an essay contest to attend her award ceremony, Teddy Bears were donated to a Crisis Intervention Group, help was given to move a playhouse to the EYES Oceanside Family Recovery Center, baby toys purchased for the Escondido Youth Encounter, and equipment purchased for the Juvenile Hall Indoor-Outdoor Playroom.

1994    $5,150 in grants was given to purchase 101 Bicycle Helmets for the Dept of Social Services, Bricks for the Polinsky Center, Games for the Children’s Center of the Polinsky Center, and Beds for the Women’s Resource Center.

1995    $22,000 in grants was given to the Crime Victims Fund, San Diego Hospice, Burn Institute, Eureka, Kidz Artz, Palomar Health Foundation, Center for Child Protection, Children’s Hospital, and Say Yes to Sports Hall of Champions.

1996    $14,340 in grants was given to Camp Orbit, Old Globe Theatre, Developmental Services Continuum, Kids On The Block, San Diego Youth and Community Services, San Diego Hospice, Second Chance, Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, Coronado Response Group, and Children’s Home Society

1997    $13,895 in grants was given to Classics for Kids, Crime Victims’ Fund, Oaks & Acorns, SDSU Child Care Center, Arthritis Foundation, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Center for the Blind, Challenge Center, Children’s Action League, The Jenna Druck Foundation, Kidz Artz, San Diego Hospice for indigent patient care, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program for their children custody project, and Second Chance to clean up one block of San Diego.

1998    $12,874 in grants was given to San Diego County’s Independent Living Skills Program, San Diego Cares, The P.L.A.C.E., Aseltine School, Center for the Blind, Classics for Kids, Developmental Services Continuum, Hoover High School, Kids Korp USA, San Diego Hospice, San Diego Youth and Community Services, Second Chance, St. Stephen’s Christian School, Vista Community Clinic, and Youth Tennis San Diego.

1999    $16,050 in grants was given to Aseltine School, Children’s Action League, Citizen’s Advisory Council, Classics for Kids, Hemophilia Association of San Diego, Second Chance, Straight From The Heart, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Hall of Champions, SDSU Scholarship Fund, Teen Eating Disorder Solutions, Vista Community Clinic, Nice Guys, The Country Friends, Globe Guilders, the Salvation Army, Meals On Wheels, R.E.I.N.S. and the Palomar-Pomerado Health Foundation Birth Center.

2000   $25,000 in grants was given to Hall of Champions, Educational Cultural Complex, Classics for Kids, Playwrights Project, Hemophilia Association, Second Chance to clean up one block of San Diego, Say San Diego, Inc., Developmental Services Continuum, Access Center, Monarch School, Epilepsy Society, Elderhelp, Scripps Breast Care Center, ANGELS Foster Family Agency of La Mesa, Aseltine School, Oaks & Acorns, American Business Women’s Association, La Jolla Charter Chapter, Nice Guys and South Community Services Center of Chula Vista.

2001  $24,450 in grants was given to the Arthritis Foundation, Elder Help, Eveoke Dance Theater, Women Inc., Hemophilia Association, Join Hands - Save a Life, Second Chance, The Salvation Army, Vista Community Center, Challenge Center, Friends of East County Arts, Angles of Azeltine, Star of India Auxiliary, Olympico Soccer Club and the Potrero Library.


2002  $27,845 in grants was given to the Aseltine School, the Burn Institute, Casa de Amparo, Charles E. Reid Book Fund, Elder Law and Advocacy, Elementary Institute of Science, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Friends of Vista Hill, Hemophilia Assn. Of SD County, Leaps and Bounds, Mainly Mozart, Malashok Dance and Co., Mt. View Sports and Racquet Club, North Coast Repertory Theatre, One World, Our World Programs, Playwrights Project, San Diego Rescue Mission, Second Chance/Strive, Senior Community Centers, The Salvation Army, ANGELS Foster Care for Babies, Fern Street Circus, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and San Diego Hospice.


2003  $41,900 in grants was given to Casa de Amparo, Elementary Institute of Science, Friends of Vista Hill, Meals-On-Wheels, San Diego Hospice, Second Chance and Vision of Children.


2004  $42,250 in grants was given to Alpha Project, Elder Help of San Diego, Escondido Humane Society, Family Literacy Foundation, Mt. View Sports & Racquet Club, San Diego Hospice, San Diego Hunger Project, San Diego Youth & Community Services Storefront, Second Chance, and UCSD Medical Center.


2005  $24,050 in grants was given to Casa Cornelia Law Center, Community Campership Council, Inc., Family Literacy Foundation, Friends of Vista Hill, Kids’ Aid Auxiliary, Mt. View Sports & Racquet Club, Senior Community Centers, Social Service of La Jolla, and Vista Community Clinic – “Kare for Kids”.


2006  $34,400 in grants was given to Sundt Memorial Foundation, Community Campership Council, Inc., Family Literacy Foundation, Friends of Vista Hill, Kids’ Aid Auxiliary, Mt. View Sports & Racquet Club, Senior Community Centers, Social Service of La Jolla, and Vista Community Clinic – “Kare for Kids”.


2007  $36,700 in grants was given to The San Diego Rescue Mission, The Foundation for Women, The Burn Institute, Arthritis Foundation, Join Hands Save a Life, Alpha Project, Aquatic Adventures, Family Health Centers, Friends of Brail, Vista Hill, La Cuna, Sharp Hospice Care and Developmental Services Continuum.


2008  $31,350 in grants was given to the Arthritis foundation, ARTS, Burn Institute, Canine Companion, Community Campership council, Family Health Centers, Casa de Amparo, Family Literacy, Friends of Braille, New Dawn Rehab Program, A New Path, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Paradise Community Services, S.D. Center for Children, S.D. Youth Community, Second Chance, Senior Community Center, Sharp Hospice, Social Service League, Salvation Army, St. Madeleine Sophies Center, Vision of Children, Classics For Kids, Museum of Making Music, Friends of East County Arts, Friends of Vista Hill, Star of India Auxiliary, Angels of Aseltine, Autism Tree, Epilepsy Foundation, Escondido Humane Society, Globe Gilders, Nice Guys, Challenge Center


2009  $42,057 in grants was given to A New Path, A Reason To Survive, Alpha Project, Burn Institute, Casa de Amparo, Classics for Kids, Community Campership, Elder Law, Family Health Centers, Kids On The Block, Friends of Braille Institute, La Cuna, Light One Little Candle, No. Coast Repertory Theatre, NFAR, Playwrights Project, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Youth Community, Senior Service League of La Jolla, Salvation Army, Second Chance, Vision of Children, YMCA, Winners Equestrian, Vista Community Center, Vista Hill Parent Care Center, Meals on Wheels, MOPA, Star of India Auxiliary, Angels of Aseltine, Wounded Warriors, San Diego Brain Foundation.


2010   $36,350  in grants was given to A New Path, Burn Institute, African-American Breast Cancer, Alpha Project, A.R.T.S., Casa de Amparo, Classics For Kids, Challenge Center, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Family Health Centers, Center for Community Solutions, Community Campership, Developmental Services Continuum, Friends of East County Arts, Harmonious Solutions, Join Hands, Just In Time, Light One Little Candle, Mainly Mozart, NFAR, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Parkinson’s Disease Assn, Playwrights Project, Reality Changers, Second Chance, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, S.D. Brain Injury Foundation, Salvation Army, S.D. Youth Services, Senior Gleaners, Trinity House, Veterans Memorial, Vista Hill Parent Care, YMCA, S.D. Food Bank, Angels Depot, Star of India Auxiliary, Angels of Aseltine, S.D. Floral, Epilepsy Foundation,  PATH, Globe Gilders, Shakti Rising.


2011  $45,048 in grants was given to Alpha Project, Angel Faces, Bonita Equestrian Therapy, Braille Institute, Burn Institute, Cancer Angels of San Diego, Canine Companions, Classics For Kids, Community Campership Council, Conner’s Cause For Children, Elder Help, Eveoke Dance, Friends of Vista Hill, Harmonious Solutions, Join Hands Save A Life, Kids on the Block, La Cuna, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Light One Little Candle, Mainly Mozart, Meals on Wheels, National Foundation for Autism, No. Coast Repertory Theatre, No. County Health Service, Playwrights Project, San Diego Youth Services, Second Chance, Senior Gleaners, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Trinity House, United Through Reading, Veterans Memorial Center, Vision of Children, ARTS, Just In Time, Friends of East County Arts, Star of India Auxiliary, Angels of Aseltine, ARC, Autism Tree, Friends of Braille, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, San Diego Floral, Shakti Rising, Homefront San Diego, Project Homeless Connect.


2012  $60,725 in grants was given to A New Path, Angel Faces, ARTS, Aseltine School, Assistance League, Autism Tree, Bonita Equestrian, Burn Institute, Cancer Angels, Canine Companions, Center for Community Solutions, Circle of Faith, Classics 4 Kids, Community Campership, Connor’s Cause, Developmental Services Continuum, Eveoke Dance Theatre, From the Inside Out, Harmonious Solutions, Jane Lane’s Kids, Kids on the Block, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Light One Little Candle, Meals-On-Wheels, Museum of Making Music, Mustard Seed Wood, North Coast Repertory Theatre. North County Health Project, Parkinson’s Association, Pegasus Rising, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, San Diego Youth Services, Second Chance, Senior Gleaners, Special Delivery San Diego, Tender Loving Canines, The Trinity House, Turning the Hearts Center, United Through Reading, Vision of Children, Elder Help, San Diego Junior Theatre, Classics 4 Kids, Young Audiences, ARC, Angels of Aseltine, After School All Stars, Autism Tree, Employment & Community Opportunities, Friends of Braille, San Diego Floral, YMCA, Danika Shick Trust, Alpha Pi Boule Foundation, Project Homeless Connect.


2013  $62,585 in grants was given to A New Path, Access to Independence, Alpha Project, Angel Faces, ARTS, Assistance League of No. Coast, Autism Tree Project, Bonita Equestrian Center, Braille Institute, Burn Institute, Cancer Angels of San Diego, Canine Companions for Independence, Center for Community Solutions, Challenge Center, Circle of Faith, Classics 4 Kids, Community Campership Council, Connor’s Cause For Children, Elder Help, Employment Community Options, Friends of Scott Foundation, From the Inside Out, Grossmont Hospital Foundation, Kids On The Block, Harmonious Solutions, Lambs Players, La Muestrua Community Health Centers, Light One Little Candle, Musicians for Education, Museum of Making Music, Mustard Seed Wood, No. County Health Services, No. Coast Repertory Theatre, NTC Corporation, Playwrights Project, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego Youth Services, Second Chance, Senior Gleaners, Special Delivery San Diego, Saint Madeleine Sophie Center, Turning the Hearts Center, United Through Reading, Villa Musica, Vista Community Clinic, Words Alive, White Out Loud, Young Audiences of San Diego, Girls Think Tank, License to Freedom, Angels of Aseltine, B.A.B.E.S.,  I.M.O.B., Friends of Braille, San Diego Floral, Project Homeless Connect

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2014  $36,378* in grants was given to Polinski Center, North Coast Rep, B.A.B.E.S., Angels of Aseltine, Autism Tree, Elder Help, Employment & Community Options, Friends of Braille, Friends of Central Library, Globe Guilders, I.M.O.B., San Diego Floral, Young Audiences, A New Path, Access to Independence, Alpha Project, Angel Faces, Aseltine School, Assistance League, Braille Institute, Burn Institute, Canine Companions, Center for Community Solutions, Challenge Center, Circle of Faith, Classics 4 Kids, Conner’s Cause for Children, Development Services Continuum, Elder Law & Advocacy, Elementary Institute of Science, The Elizabeth Hospice, Harmonious Solutions, Kids on the Block, Light One Little Candle, New Entra Casa Corp, National Foundation for Autism, North County Health Services, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Second Chance, Senior Gleaners, Special Delivery, Tender Loving Canine, United Through Reading, Veterans Memorial Center, Walden Family Services, Words Alive, Write Out Loud, ABC Youth Foundation, Crisis House, Project Homeless Connect. * Application process was changed to a cyclical basis in the hopes of rewarding more meaningful contributions to each organization


2015  $32,099* in grants was given to Alpha Project, Canine Companions for Independence, Challenge Center, Elder Help of San Diego, Greater La Jolla Meals on Wheels, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Special Delivery San Diego, Tender Loving Canine Assistance Dogs, Write Out Loud, Veterans Village, Angels of Aseltine, B.A.B.E.S., Social Service League of la Jolla, Mt. Soledad Memorial Assn., Autism Tree, Bridge 4 Kids, Classics 4 Kids, Elder Help, Employment & Community Options, Friends of Braille, I.M.O.B., N.S.D.A.R., Playwright Project,  San Diego Youth Ballet, San Diego Floral, North Coast Repertory, Project Homeless Connect. * Application process was changed to a cyclical basis in the hopes of rewarding more meaningful contributions to each organization

2016  $24,500** in grants were given to Angels of Aseltine, Autism Tree Project Foundation, B.A.B.E.S., Burn Institute, Center for Community Solutions, ElderHelp of San Diego, Employment & Community Options, I’m My Own Blessing, Interfaith Shelter Network, Kids on the Block, Light One Little Candle, NSDAR La Jolla Chapter, Playwrights Project, Project Homeless Connect, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Sand Diego Floral Association, SAY San Diego, Social Service League of La Jolla. ** Only 5 organizations applied for grants. The rest were funded through Hats Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gold Diggers are committed to raising funds for smaller nonprofits throughout San Diego to help advance their missions.  Since its founding in 1993, the Gold Diggers have given over $700,000 to local nonprofits.


The money for our grants is primarily raised at our annual Hats Off To San Diego.  This event has proven so popular that we have decided to incorporate the grant process within the Hats Off event.  The 2017 Hats Off celebration will be the inaugural year of the new tradition.  The grants we will give out will be to beneficiaries of the event and the prize structure for participating agencies.


If you would like to participate in the 2017 Hats Off event, please contact Holly Smith Jones at hollysmithjones@gmail.com before February 20, 2017


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