San Diego Foundation announces $47M in grants, names new board members

New BOG members Ileana Ovalle Engel, Elisabeth Eisner Forbes, and Hal Dunning
New BOG members Ileana Ovalle Engel, Elisabeth Eisner Forbes, and Hal Dunning

The San Diego Foundation today announced it granted $47 million to nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2014. Since its inception, the foundation has granted $880 million to serve and improve the San Diego region.

A celebration of the year’s success and the introduction of five new members of the board of governors took place at The San Diego Foundation’s 39th annual meeting July 24 at Paradise Point resort. This year, 140 new funds were opened, including 55 endowments, with contributions and partial investment gains of $48.5 million. In July, The Foundation established its 1,000th endowment fund, a significant donor investment in San Diego. Assets total $660 million.

In July 2014, Hal Dunning, Elisabeth Eisner Forbes, Ileana Ovalle Engel, Donna Marie Robinson and Yolanda S. Walther-Meade joined a board of governors composed of 30 volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds who are involved in many community and charitable activities. The board oversees the foundation by establishing policy, setting priorities, and making final decisions to approve awards and grants.

“As we come together for our annual event,  we are honored to announce that

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Malin Burnham, Bob Kelly and Pete Ellsworth

these dynamic, community-minded individuals have accepted the call to serve on the board,” said Steven R. Smith, chairman of The San Diego Foundation’s Board of Governors. “Yolanda, Ileana, Donna Marie, Elisabeth and Hal all care deeply about our community and their distinguished characteristics and years of experience will help further the foundation mission.”

Hal Dunning

is the principal, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Barney & Barney. In addition to overseeing the accounting department, Hal has overall responsibility for human resources, facilities, information technology, corporate communications and legal affairs. In 2009, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year awards and was previously recognized as a “CFO of the Year.” He is a LEAD San Diego graduate and was presented with its Herb Klein Visionary Leadership Award.

Active in the community, he served for 11 years as the president of the Board of Walden Family service, is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors of the Barney & Barney Foundation, and has volunteered weekly at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, for the past 19 years.

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Steve R. Smith and Kathlyn Mead

Elisabeth Eisner Forbes

is a seasoned attorney in private practice with broad corporate, finance and real estate experience. She has developed a strong specialty in federal and state laws applicable to nonprofit organizations. As such, she has represented numerous hospitals, major medical centers, universities, retirement facilities and research facilities.

Forbes’ volunteer experience includes serving as the past director of the YMCA Corporate Board of Directors and as a member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, the KPBS Producer’s Club, the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates and The San Diego Foundation’s Finance Committee.

• Ileana Ovalle Engel

is the state director of government affairs for Cox California, leading a dynamic team that builds and maintains positive relations with local, state and federal government officials to cultivate an optimal environment for the third largest cable and telecommunications company in the United States. In addition to government affairs, land use and public policy, Ileana successfully promotes Cox’s community involvement and charitable giving.

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