Service Above Self

The beneficiaries designated to benefit from the 2019 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe are local non-profits with missions that align with that of Rotary International: to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Our 2019 Beneficiaries

RSF Rotary Foundation

Mission: Since 1959, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club has been dedicated to helping others in the community of San Diego, Our Country and Throughout the World. Our club’s philanthropic work is accomplished through our own Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Foundation, a 501(c) 3 a non-profit foundation.

About: Annually we serve various causes, our brave soldiers past and present, USO families, ending hunger, less fortunate children, foster children, the elderly, cancer patients and their families, patients with other unfortunate health challenges, animal causes, young aspiring musicians, dedicated students through scholarship opportunities both domestic and abroad, victims of natural disasters including their displaced pets as well as many others needing a helping hand. “Service Above Self” is not just our goal, it is the way we live our lives.

Future Legends

The MISSION of Future Legends is to mentor and award scholarships to deserving students in pursuit of higher education. Future Legends has a VISION to be the finest mentoring and financial aid program in the country shaping our next generation of leaders.

LEGACY: Honoring Chuck Courtney, the Scholarship Fund was founded in 2012 by the RSF Golf Club’s Governing Board. Chuck is a two time winner of the PGA Tour, honored on the Walk of Fame at Pebble Beach and San Diego Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Courtney won two National Junior Championships and served as Head Professional at RSFGC from 1981-2003. The Fund obtained 501(C)3 status in 2016 named Future Legends.

ConnectMed International

Mission: Promote sustainable, multidisciplinary health care and education, through direct medical care, educational partnerships, and interactive telemedicine networks with international sites.

OUR OBJECTIVE: Improve individuals’ access to sustainable, multidisicplinary health care by establishing educational networks with the communities where they live.

HOW WE STAND OUT: ConnectMed differs from other organizations that engage in medical/surgical missions because of our focus on full recovery of our patients by: multidisciplinary care by teams of medical professionals skilled in their specialties, not just surgeries; post-operative, follow-up care; ongoing training of, and educational partnerships and exchanges with, local health care professionals; and use of telemedicine technologies to provide follow-up care, educational initiatives and sustainable solutions.

The Comfort Cub

The Mission of The Comfort Cub is to help bring comfort to anyone in the world experiencing a broken heart as a result of a significant loss or trauma in their life.

Salvation Army

Mission Statement: 
The Salvation Army has been assisting those in need in San Diego for more than 135 years. Across the country, more than 25 million Americans each year receive assistance from The Salvation Army through a broad array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Kids Korps  & Hands On San Diego 

Mission: Our mission is to instill the spirit of giving while providing valuable character education.

About: Today, Kids Korps USA is proud to partner with HandsOn San Diego, representing its youth division. Through this partnership, young people will continue to serve their community in special ways. Children have more to give than many realize – their talents, their time, and most of all their hearts. Through volunteerism, our kids make a significant difference in the lives of others, and through these activities, they grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
The mission of Kids Korps has an indelible and unique impact beyond the many benefits of youth volunteerism; we shape young lives through exposure to, and direct involvement in community service. The daily benefit of improving ones community is tangible. The lifelong benefit to young volunteers is an increase in their level of maturity, empathy, and positive perspective on how, THEY can make the world a better place… how THEY can become tomorrow’s leaders.

Starlings Volleyball Club

To provide all girls equal access to club volleyball, regardless of financial hardship or skill level; to encourage positive teamwork, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyle choices; to establish member clubs throughout the nation that are community-based and self-sustaining.

JC Cooley Foundation

Mission: is a nonprofit organization focused on providing life skills and mentoring programs for middle school to high school young adults. OOCP is separated into two primary age groups: the Junior Group (7 – 11 years old) and the Senior Group (12 – 18 years old).

About: Through personal relationships, mentorship, and guidance programs, a sense of individual responsibility will be established and maintained. This connection will allow today’s youth the options and opportunities to gather an understanding of what it takes to form a solid personal work ethic, assist in time management skills, and help the youth establish personal life goals to excel in their adulthood success.

Catherine’s Kids Orphanage

Catherine’s Kids is a USA accredited non-profit charity organization, dedicated to transform the lives of underprivileged or abandoned, medically fragile special needs children in Baja California Mexico. We provide a loving and nurturing home where their emotional, medical, educational and spiritual needs are met, giving them an opportunity to be adopted and live their lives to their full potential.

Autism Legacy Fund

In the 70 years of known autism, there has never been a medical treatment that addresses the core deficits of autism. A path of hope is now emerging. Autism Legacy Fund (ALF) finds, connects and directly supports the therapies and research of those striving to correct the most challenging deficits of autism: Inability to Communicate – when he can’t say “I love you” or “someone is hurting me”; Social Deficit – when she has no friends; Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors – such as rocking, hand-flapping, saying the same thing over and over; Sensory Overload.

I in 59 kids are diagnosed with autism. 1 in 5 kids are diagnosed with a developmental disorder. We can no longer wait.

ALF is actively chasing the hope of millions. Join the chase. Be a legacy.

Autism Legacy Fund is a project of the San Diego based autism non-profit, BIANCA – Be Involved. Act Now. Champion Autism.

Southern California Hospice Foundation

Since 2002, SCHF has helped 2,560 unduplicated patients, families, and community members from across Southern California, proudly filling the gaps not covered by medical insurances. Each year, we work with terminally ill patients during their darkest hours, giving them a reason to smile again. For
those who are struggling financially, food is given, and overdue bills are paid. Homeless patients are clothed and provided with shelter. Veterans are honored and given a final salute. Families are reunited to say their goodbyes, and children and adults alike are granted their last wish. Grieving families can also gain support from our frequent bereavement workshops and we have also launched our Heavenly Home Project; the first nonprofit end-of-life residential care facility in Orange County. All these efforts are in support of our mission, which is to deliver a breadth of resources to caregivers, families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life.

Snap (Spay-Neuter Action Project)


SNAP’s mission is to save the lives of companion animals in San Diego County through prevention- providing public awareness, educational materials, affordable spay/neuter procedures and subsidies when qualified. SNAP reduces pet overpopulation and the cruel reality of euthanasia in our shelters of these unwanted dogs and cats.


SNAP, (a purpose-driven, non-profit, grass-roots organization, started in 1990) has spayed and neutered over 65,000 dogs and cats in San Diego county from low-income households for pet owners who could not possibly afford the surgery at a private veterinary clinic. The SNAP surgical team has accomplished this feat by taking the mobile unit, the “Neuter Scooter,” into financially challenged communities — “delivering” spay and neuter services directly to the neighborhoods where many pet owners have no means of transporting their animals. SNAP receives over 60 calls a day requesting assistance. SNAP operates 12- 15 clinics a month, fixing 25-30 pets per clinic, educating hundreds of adults and children, preventing thousands of unwanted litters, therefore saving more lives of companion animals. With a budget of $600,000, SNAP relies completely on donations and grants, and makes every penny count!

Operation Hope – North County

Operation HOPE-North County provides emergency bridge housing to families with children and single women experiencing homelessness. Our 90 to 120 day program, Steps to Independence, provides comprehensive case management along with life skill classes, tools and resources in a supportive yet accountable environment. Our dedicated Staff and amazing volunteers, along with donor support, make our mission of helping clients regain HOPE and reclaim independence possible.

Solutions for Change

With a unique model that blends affordable housing, educational opportunities, training and health-related solutions, Solutions for Change leads families from homelessness to permanent self-sufficiency. Solutions University equips parents with the skills, knowledge and resources to completely transform themselves and their families though a 1,000 day self-development academy experience. Program participants learn how to give back to their community as neighbors, employees and community leaders. Now in its 19th year, Solutions for Change has helped over 950 families and 2,400 children find their way out of homelessness to total independence.

Meals on Wheels

Mission: The mission of Meals on Wheels San Diego County is to support the independence and well-being of seniors.

About: Meals on Wheels San Diego County serves individuals over the age of 60, their caregiver, and disabled veterans of any age with the delivery of up to two fresh meals a day by a caring individual. Each meal is accompanied by in-home social visits and safety checks with referrals to other social service providers if necessary. Meals on Wheels San Diego County is the only agency providing meals for 7 days a week, including holidays. Additionally, we cover the entire county, including delivery into the over 3,049 square miles of rural and unincorporated areas. Meals on Wheels San Diego County subsidizes a minimum of 60% of the costs for meals, delivery, and other services provided, regardless of a senior’s ability to pay.