February 9, 2024

TRUST Award | Storm Response | Grantee Spotlights

AHF receives TRUST Award of Excellence in Philanthropy

AHF board at trust award eventOn Friday, January 19, 2024 at University of San Diego’s 20th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium, The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) awarded AHF with the inaugural award for governance in the field of philanthropy called the TRUST Award of Excellence in Philanthropy for Governance Practices, Social Equity and Community Impact. The award spotlights the work of a public or private foundation board that aligns their mission with community needs, responsibly manages resources, upholds transparency, and contributes to long-term positive impacts in the areas they aim to address.

We were honored to receive this recognition and are very proud of the work and culture of our Board of Trustees, which has been developed and nurtured for more than 35 years.

As stated by Laura Deitrick, co-executive director of The Nonprofit Institute, “Their (AHF) governance practices demonstrated a strong commitment to learning from the nonprofits they support as well as an emphasis on integrating a variety of voices and perspectives into their grantmaking.”

For more on the TRUST Award and our culture of excellence in philanthropy and governance, click here.

Storm Relief Continues | $100k to Support Urgent Needs and Local Response Efforts

Anna Arancibia and Barry Pollard helping sort storm cleaning supplies at the YMCAThe storms may have temporarily subsided, but there are still many displaced families and businesses that suffered great losses during the back-to-back series of storms impacting San Diego. As individuals, families and businesses clean up and try to re-build their lives and livelihoods, they are being aided and comforted by many caring organizations and volunteers. In addition to AHF staff volunteering their time at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA (thank you Barbara Orozco-Valdivia and Melanie Mijares), we also provided $100k in emergency funding for clothing, transportation, cleaning supplies and basic hygiene kits to the following organizations:


(Photo: Anna Arancibia, Executive Director, Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and Barry Pollard, Executive Director, The Urban Collaborative Project CDC)

2024 Mission Support Grantee Spotlights

RISE San Diego – Improving communities, changing minds

RISE San DiegoRISE San Diego- 4 women posing is changing the landscape of leadership! The agency is focused on their mission of elevating urban leadership through dialogue-based civic engagement, nonprofit partnerships and direct training and support. Sometimes the reasons include coming together to combat or resist adverse circumstances in the community; sometimes it’s to raise awareness for improved diversity, equity, and inclusion. Together, we all RISE!



Second Chance – Breaking the cycle of incarceration

Second Chance, black man ringing bell of successFor more than 30 years, Second Chance  has been working to break the cycle of incarceration through safe, sober living, and early intervention programs for youth and adults.

Did you know? One in three American adults has a criminal record, limiting their access to education, jobs, housing, and other resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

At San Diego Second Chance, justice-involved adults and youth are given the life-saving resources needed to break the cycle of addiction, poverty, and incarceration. Their program helps individuals achieve sobriety, secure employment, and create a better life.

Ringing the bell marks a significant achievement, like securing a full-time job or being admitted to an education program. Over the last three decades, Second Chance has enjoyed many bell ringing ceremonies!

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