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Announcement | December 28, 2023

2023 Annual Grant Recipients

The Communications Committee was hard at work organizing check drop-off events for the 73 nonprofits that were awarded $620,000 collectively.
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The Communications Committee was hard at work organizing check drop-off events for the 73 nonprofits that were awarded $620,000 collectively. Below are photos of the check drop-offs to each of the non-profits.


Chicanos Por La Causa – Arizona
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“Thank you again for coming out to give us The Rosendin Foundation’s most generous donation of $10,000K for our CPLC Community Center!”
– Marissa Calderon, Associate Director of Family Empowerment Youth & Community Services


Future For Kids – Arizona
$15,000 – Emotional Health

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for your generous donation of $15,000 to support the Future for KIDS programs and camps. Our mission is to provide mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on Academics, Athletics, and Ethics to improve the lives of youth who face adversity. We believe that promoting resiliency and confidence among youth is key to creating a brighter future for our next generation. Since our inception 32 years ago with our first youth sports camp, our services have touched the lives of over 135,000 children and their families.”
– Madonna Bistany, Executive Director


Lifeology – Arizona
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“Lifeology AZ is grateful to be a returning grantee of The Rosendin Foundation. The Rosendin Foundation has not only given to our young people financially, but through their actions in our community, they continued to ensure that our young people in the various systems of care continued to be seen, heard, and valued. Our youth and staff cannot thank you enough for uplifting their voices.”
– Zaneta Alexander, Chief Executive Officer


Save the Family – Arizona
$15,000 – Emotional Health

“We are overwhelmed by The Rosendin Foundation’s generosity and grateful for their support to carry out our longstanding, 34-year mission. Their support to Save the Family Foundation of Arizona speaks to The Rosendin Foundation’s dedication to alleviate poverty and homelessness for families in our community. We are thankful to The Rosendin Foundation’s volunteers and donors who have boosted our efforts to provide a lifeline to our families working towards self-sufficiency.”
– Robyn Julien, CEO of Save the Family Foundation of Arizona


Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach – California
$5,000 – Occupational Health

“The $5,000 funding support  from The Rosendin Foundation helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach empowers teens towards high school graduation and workforce readiness in their life journeys.”
– Minh Luu, Director of Organizational Development


Central California Food Bank – California
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“I want you to know that we value your partnership in the fight against hunger and that your gift has made an immediate impact. In our community, 1 in 4 people struggle to put enough food on their tables each and every day. Thank you for the difference you have made in the lives of hungry children, families and seniors right here in our community. Together, we can solve hunger.”
– Kim Dildine, co-CEO


Child Advocates of Silicon Valley – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health


Family House Inc. – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of us at Family House, please accept our sincere thanks for your generous grant gift of $10,000. You are making it possible for us to provide care, comfort and compassion every day, expressing the community’s generosity to the courageous families of Family House.”
– Katherine Thompson, Chief Executive Officer


JW House – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“We are excited to partner with The Rosendin Foundation and serve families in 2024! This money will greatly help us support our families in need.”
– Nehal Daga, Director of Development


Laura’s House – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

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“Gratitude is the most profound emotion we feel at Laura’s House as we extend our heartfelt thanks to The Rosendin Foundation for their generous grant of $10,000. With your support, we are helping more than 850 survivors of domestic abuse and their children on their journey towards violence-free, empowered lives through comprehensive therapeutic services including individual counseling, psycho-educational groups, and life-skill workshops. Together, we are sowing the seeds of healing and hope in the garden of emotional health and resilience in our community.”
– Elizabeth Eastin, Chief Development Officer


LifeMoves – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“LifeMoves extends heartfelt gratitude to The Rosendin Foundation for their unwavering support. Together, we share a common purpose of positively impacting our communities. As we navigate through the past year, the crucial mission to improve the lives of our unhoused neighbors has never been more vital. The Rosendin Foundation’s generosity empowers us to fulfill our goal of servicing, healing, uplifting, and addressing the ’emotional health’ needs of adults and children experiencing homelessness. Their partnership fuels our commitment to creating a brighter future for those in need, demonstrating that together, we can make a profound difference in the lives of others.”
– Hanna Pesha, Grant Writer


Martha’s Kitchen – California
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“On behalf of the entire Martha’s Kitchen community, I want to say thank you for your generous support of our mission. Your donation of $10,000.00 on December 31, 2023 helps ensure that we can continue to provide food security to the communities we serve. In 2023, Martha’s Kitchen provided just over 2,800,000 meals to those in need. As we continue our mission, your support remains crucial. We are deeply grateful for your generosity, heart, and support of our mission!”
– Bill Lee, Executive Director


Nate’s Place – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“WE WANT TO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU FOR ROSENDIN’S GRANT! We used the grant we received from The Rosendin Foundation to purchase a second transportation van. As many of our youth cannot get to our center on their own, we are picking up more and more teens from school and home so they can be at our center and participate in the coaching, activities and groups that we offer.”
– Heidi Allison, Program Director


Next Door Solutions – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“Your donation of $10,000.00, given on 12/13/2023, directly supports the work needed to ensure that our community can access safety, stability, and self-sufficiency. The individuals and families we serve are courageous, resilient, and striving for peace. Every day, Next Door Solutions supports, invests, and advocates to make peace a reality. Because of your kindness and support, we can provide the services and advocacy necessary to end violence in our community.”
– Colsaria Henderson, Executive Director


Orange County Rescue Mission – California
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

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“We are so grateful to The Rosendin Foundation for partnering with the Orange County Rescue Mission to provide over 4,500 nutritious, healthy meals for homeless men, women, and children. Your generosity provides more than just a meal; it gives homeless families and individuals hope for a brighter future!”
– Cathy Rich, Creative Manager


Otra Mas – California
$5,000 – Emotional Health

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“Otra Mas is humbled by The Rosendin Foundation’s trust in the work we do to Save One More Horse to Help One Person. Horses have a unique ability to show us how to connect with empathy, communicate with clarity and be present in the moment. The Rosendin Foundation grant will help kids, adults, and veterans have access to our programs. You are helping us improve the lives of people in our community that desperately need affordable and innovative mental health support.”
– Belinda Kiesecker, Executive Director


Rescue Mission Alliance – California
$5,000 – Nutritional Health


RRUFF – Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido – California
$15,000 – Emotional Health

“We are overwhelmed by The Rosendin Foundation’s generosity and are thankful for the help it has provided us as we support veterans with post-traumatic stress and other invisible disabilities. The dedication from The Rosendin Foundation allows us to fund service dog training for veterans, maintain and add amenities to the dog park, and more. It speaks to the foundation’s dedication to our community. We are thankful to The Rosendin Foundation’s volunteers and donors who have boosted our efforts to empower veterans and their companion canines.”
– Vicki Curtis, Founder/Director


Safe & Sound – California
$5,000 – Emotional Health


The Youth Center – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“View U is a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards our children’s mental well-being and resilience. The Rosendin Foundation’s generous grant of $10,000 shines brightly, empowering our youth to positively view themselves, navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic, and emerge as empathetic leaders in their community and beyond. Together, we nurture the seeds of emotional strength, for a brighter, more compassionate world.”
– Lina Lumme, The Youth Center CEO


There With Care of the Bay Area – California
$5,000 – Nutritional Health

“We deeply value the support of organizations such as The Rosendin Foundation, whose dedication to making a difference in people’s lives aligns with our mission.”
– Julia Brownfield, Grants Manager


WEAVE Inc. – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health


Working Wardrobes for a New Start – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

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“We are so grateful for the generous support of The Rosendin Foundation. At Working Wardrobes, we help people overcome barriers to gainful employment. Investing in our services strengthens individuals’ workforce and life skills, renews their self-confidence, and creates upward mobility that advances racial, social, and economic equity through employment readiness.”


Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) – Hawaii
$15,000 – Emotional Health

“The Domestic Violence Action Center is beyond grateful and thankful for such an amazing and significant donation to our agency. The work we do to offer legal services is life-saving to victims of domestic violence who are desperately seeking to be freed of the violence and harm they’ve endured. The Rosendin Foundation has helped to fill a gap of much needed funding that will ensure the helpline and other legal services continue. We are extremely thankful for your support and care!”


Hawaii – Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii – Hawaii
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“The impact of the grant from The Rosendin Foundation for Nutritional Health programming resonates deeply, especially during these challenging times after the Maui wildfires. Your support enables us at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii to continue to provide crucial social services, clinical care, and behavioral health support for moms, babies, and families across Hawaii.”
– Sunny Chen, Executive Director


Anne Arundel County Food Bank – Maryland
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“The Anne Arundel County Food Bank is so grateful to The Rosendin Foundation for their ongoing partnership and especially for their most recent grant of $10,000 in support of our newly-launched Mobile Pantry Program. This program enables us to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen lean meats, nutritious dry packaged foods, and basic necessities directly to the communities in our county where transportation and access to healthy food options are limited. Thank you!”
– Leah Paley, CEO


Maryland Food Bank – Maryland
$5,000 – Nutritional Health

“Thanks to The Rosendin Foundation’s support, we are able to purchase 5,800 pounds of food, which feeds around 270 households. This helps our neighbors in need save close to $20,000 in grocery expenses and instead direct those dollars to rent and other critical expenses”
– Jon Lernich, Director of Foundation Relations & Partnership Grants


Second Chances Garage – Maryland
$15,000 – Emotional Health

“Second Chances Garage believes that a personal vehicle is essential for the financial stability, independent living, and emotional well-being of an individual or family. Second Chances Garage helps individuals and families to attain the benefits of personal car ownership. Our Low-Cost Vehicle Program (LCVP) helps qualified individuals buy a car. Our clients for this program are people who have lost nearly everything and are starting over. We repair donated cars and sell them to our clients for a nominal fee. The $15,000 grant from The Rosendin Foundation will fund this program and help with the cost to repair these cars.”
– Barbara Swanhart, Executive Director


Warrior Canine Connection – Maryland
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“We are extremely fortunate to have continued support from The Rosendin Foundation. This grant funding will go directly toward WCC’s Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) training program, which helps Veterans in recovery train service dogs for their fellow Warriors. We appreciate The Rosendin Foundation’s commitment to expanding this innovative intervention to help more Veterans in our communities.”
– Jennifer Wilder, Director of Development and Communications


Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada (RTSNV) – Nevada
$20,000 – Emotional Health


Carolina Breast Friends – North Carolina
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“Thank you, The Rosendin Foundation, for your generous support of Carolina Breast Friends. Your grant will not only help us continue but also expand the range of free programs and support we offer to those who are dealing with breast cancer at any stage of their journey. With your help, we will be able to administer and grow our mentor program, as well as our Pink Boutique, where women can receive fitting services for breast prostheses, mastectomy bras, and wigs. Moreover, your grant will support other programs that promote emotional health and wellness, leading to an enhanced quality of life and better healing outcomes.”
– Michelle Weber, Director of Development


HopeWay Foundation – North Carolina
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“With the incidence of mental illness continuously on the rise, The Rosendin Foundation plays a crucial role in HopeWay’s ability to fulfill our mission of making HOPE tangible by inspiring mental wellness for all. As a mental health treatment center, this generous grant from The Rosendin Foundation not only allows us to provide high-quality, evidence-based mental health care to members of our community but also allows us to offer financial assistance to those in need and reach thousands through educational programs. Thank you for working alongside us to shine a light through the darkness of mental illness and pave a path forward to healing and recovery.”


Shining Hope Farms – North Carolina
$7,500 – Occupational Health

“We are profoundly grateful to The Rosendin Foundation for their generous grant, enabling Shining Hope Farms to meet the growing demand for pediatric therapy services such as occupational therapy. Their support allows us to provide affordable access to our transformative therapy, ensuring that children with disabilities can participate meaningfully in daily life.”
– Milinda Kirkpatrick, Executive Director


Trees Charlotte – North Carolina
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“We’re grateful to The Rosendin Foundation for their support of our planting season programming, which includes our tree plantings, adoptions, care, and education efforts. Trees provide so many benefits, including improving our mental and physical well-being. We look forward to having Rosendin employees participate as volunteers to help us add and preserve trees in the Charlotte community.”


YWCA Central Carolinas – North Carolina
$7,500 – Emotional Health

“YWCA Central Carolinas is incredibly thankful for The Rosendin Foundation’s generous support of our mission. YWCA’s transitional housing programs, Families Together (FT) and Women in Transition (WIT), serve women and families facing homelessness by providing safe, affordable transitional housing and comprehensive case management services.  Each day, our transitional housing programs serve up to 66 women and 10 families facing homelessness. This grant award will be used to support our transitional housing participants as they work toward their goal of stabilizing their lives and achieving permanent housing. We are truly grateful!”


S.A.F.E. House – Nevada
$5,000 – Emotional Health


CASA of Central Oregon – Oregon
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“This grant from The Rosendin Foundation is crucial to providing children experiencing foster care in Crook County with their own Court Appointed Special Advocate. In Crook County, there are currently 40 children in foster care. 34 (85%) currently have their own CASA volunteer. These funds will help us move closer to our goal of serving 100% of children in care with a CASA volunteer.”
– Angelique Zojonc, Development Director


Forward Stride – Oregon
$5,000 – Emotional Health

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“Our grant will go towards their mentorship program specifically for youth ages 6-18 in the foster care system or those who have been adopted. Youth are paired with specially trained adult volunteer mentors and one of our fantastic horses to meet weekly in one-hour sessions. Their mentors are thoroughly vetted and trained, and all mentorship sessions are supervised by a mental health professional to ensure all participants have the support they need and that everyone is safe.”


Healing Reins Equine Assisted Services – Oregon
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“The Rosendin Foundation’s generous support isn’t merely a contribution; it’s an investment in the Central Oregon community, a testament to shared values, and a beacon of hope for impactful change. Thank you for believing in Healing Reins mission and empowering us to make a difference.”
-Polly Cohen, Executive Director


Heart of Oregon Corps – Oregon
$5,000 – Occupational Health

“The Rosendin Foundation is a true champion of construction and occupational health and safety training within our YouthBuild program! We are immensely grateful for partners like The Rosendin Foundation who understand the transformative power of education and skill development. Together, we’re constructing more than just structures; we’re building confidence, resilience, and a sense of purpose among our future workforce!”
– Laura Handy, Executive Director


Humane Society of the Ochocos – Oregon
$3,000 – Emotional Health


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon Inc. – Oregon
$15,000 – Emotional Health


MountainStar Family Relief Nursery – Oregon
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“We truly appreciate your partnership!”


Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) – Oregon
$5,000 – Occupational Health

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“Our grant will go towards buying tools and safety equipment for the youth who want to finish high school, learn a trade, and get help finding a job.”


The Peaceful Presence Project – Oregon
$7,000 – Emotional Health

“Supportive funding from The Rosendin Foundation means that low-income families navigating advanced illness in rural Central Oregon can receive compassionate, person-centered care from a skilled end-of-life doula. The Peaceful Presence Project envisions a culture in which every community member receives equitable support through the end of life, and The Rosendin Foundation is helping to bring this vision into action.”
– Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director


Ashley’s Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center) – Tennessee
$10,000 – Emotional Health


Friends of Sumner Regional Medical Center – Tennessee
$2,500 – Emotional Health


Gallatin Child Care Center, Inc – Tennessee
$5,000 – Emotional Health


Gallatin Shalom Zone – Tennessee
$2,500 – Nutritional Health

“We are so grateful and honored to receive funding from The Rosendin Foundation. This supports our mission to change lives. We love our partnership with the local Rosendin team and are so appreciative of their passion for our community! This funding will specifically be used to support our Shalom Grows Community Garden and provide cooking classes for the children in our After School Enrichment Program.”
– Bethany Sullivan, Executive Director


Recovery Court of Sumner County, Inc. – Tennessee
$5,000 – Emotional Health


Asian Family Support Services of Austin – Texas
$5,000 – Emotional Health


ATLAST – Texas
$17,500 – Nutritional Health

“We are overwhelmed by The Rosendin Foundation’s generosity, and we are thankful for the continued support it has provided us as we aim to give Latino students the tools and skills they need to succeed.”


AVANCE – Texas
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“Please allow me to extend my thanks on behalf of AVANCE-Austin, again. We are so grateful for The Rosendin Foundation’s generous contribution of $5,000 on November 13, 2023 to our mission and organization. Our goal at AVANCE-Austin is to create pathways to overcoming isolation and lack of opportunity while simultaneously providing the resources for economic mobility and educational success for predominantly Latino families. We support every aspect of the family dynamic to dismantle barriers to healthy living and promote overall family well-being. Together, we will prepare AVANCE children for future school success and encourage their parents to become leaders in our community.”
– Stephanie De Leon, Sr. Development and Communications Manager


Backpack Friends, Inc. – Texas
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“We deeply thank The Rosendin Foundation for their continued support. Their generosity goes beyond their $10,000 donation; it’s a dedication to making sure children in Texas have enough food to eat,” said Tom Cottar, CEO of Backpack Friends, Inc. in Pflugerville. “Backpack Friends, Inc. strives to wipe out weekend hunger in local communities, as thousands of children rely on school meals during the week but spend the weekend in food insecure homes. The Rosendin Foundation’s commitment to our mission resonates in the more than 100,000 children that will have something to eat on the weekend.”


Drive a Senior Central Texas dba Chariot – Texas
$5,000 – Emotional Health


Feed My Sheep – Texas
$5,000 – Nutritional Health

“Our mission at Feed My Sheep is to feed those who are hungry physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Issues like poverty, hunger, homelessness, addiction, mental health, and all the emotional and mental stress that comes with these things are monumental tasks that we feel we are called to engage in head-on because behind every one of these is a person who matters. Their lives matter. They deserve to be treated like they matter. This would be an IMPOSSIBLE mission if it were not for groups like The Rosendin Foundation that are willing to come alongside and put their love into action. We are so incredibly thankful for their friendship and know that people’s lives will be changed through their generosity.”
– Casey Mooney, Director of Operations


Jubilee Park & Community Center – Texas
$10,000 – Nutritional Health

“In a community where residents work extremely hard but it’s still not enough to feed their families—and chronic disease and lack of access to nutrition contributes to a life expectancy 22 years shorter than North Dallas—support from The Rosendin Foundation is helping to stabilize Jubilee Park. Through strengthening our agency’s ability to run and operate Southeast Dallas’ first ever food pantry and provide health and wellness prevention, this partnership is meeting critical, life-changing needs for our neighbors.”
– Christian Staley, Chief Advancement Officer


Ladders for Leaders – Texas
$5,000 – Occupational Health


Manos de Cristo, Inc. – Texas
$5,000 – Nutritional Health


Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS) – Texas
$5,000 – Emotional Health


People’s Community Clinic – Texas
$10,000 – Emotional Health

“The Rosendin Foundation’s generous support has helped People’s dental department to expand and our patients to thrive. This support goes beyond smiles, highlighting the critical connection between mental/emotional well-being and dental health. The Rosendin Foundation’s generosity is ensuring healthier, happier lives in our community. On behalf of our patients and staff, we are deeply grateful for your partnership.”
-Carlos Diaz, DDS, RGDT, Director of Dental Services


SafeHaven – Texas
$7,500 – Nutritional Health

“SafeHaven is incredibly grateful for the generous grant from The Rosendin Foundation to support the Food Program for domestic violence victims. This gift means the world to us and will make a significant impact in the lives of women and children escaping domestic violence. By providing meals through the Food Program, The Rosendin Foundation will help give these families the security of not having to worry about where their next meal is coming from, allowing them to focus on healing and living free from domestic violence. Thank you again – the work we do would not be possible without your support!”


The Junior League of Austin – Texas
$5,000 – Nutritional Health


Todos Juntos Learning Center – Texas
$5,000 – Emotional Health

“Support from The Rosendin Foundation goes directly toward the urgent services needed to build a path for immigrant and refugee families to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and integrate fully into our community. That improves more than just the lives of the people in our classrooms. Because immigrants make our community strong, you are building a culturally vibrant and thriving Austin.”


Cornerstones, Inc. – Virginia
$20,000 – Nutritional Health

“Thank you for The Rosendin Foundation’s generous grant of $20,000 on 12/19/2023 to Cornerstones for the Food Hub! Your gift provides Cornerstones with the resources needed to tackle the issues impacting our most vulnerable neighbors. From child and youth education, family resiliency, food insecurity, housing, and more, Cornerstones is embedded in the community and working around the clock to find pathways to self-sufficiency for all families and individuals. Your gift helps us create a stronger Northern Virginia. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for supporting Cornerstones.”
– Kerrie B. Wilson, CEO


Mobile Hope – Virginia
$10,000 – Occupational Health

“We are humbled and grateful to receive this continued support from The Rosendin Foundation,” said founder and CEO Donna Fortier. “This generous gift will support the youth in our trade school, Trading Up, to develop skills to succeed as tradesmen and women. Rosendin employees have not only volunteered on our campus, but have been instrumental in inspiring the youth in our program.”
– Allyson Ruscitella, MSW, Director of Development


Our Minds Matter – Virginia
$5,000 – Emotional Health


Women Giving Back – Virginia
$25,000 – Emotional Health


Check back for more photos as more grant checks get dropped off. Grant checks still to come include:

$5,000 – Emotional Health

Teen Esteem+ – California
$10,000 – Emotional Health

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – California
$5,000 – Emotional Health

HomePlate Youth Services – Oregon
$5,000 – Occupational Health

The Chris Atwood Foundation – Virginia
$5,000 – Emotional Health