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2018 Year In Review Message From Our CEO

As I take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished in 2018 and look forward to 2019, I am humbled by the generosity and commitment of our staff, supporters, board members and volunteers. While we continue to make after-school care accessible to all youth in our community, the need for positive mentors, a safe space to be yourself and stimulating programs during the critical after school hours is greater than ever.

An increasing amount of youth battle ongoing social pressures and their families struggle to make ends meet. Whether it be a teen with low-self esteem or child from a broken home I find myself sitting across from, I take solace in that our Clubs ensure every child has a safe and affordable place to go outside of school to reach their full potential and help put youth on a path to a GREAT FUTURE.

Keeping our doors open is imperative. Last year alone, over $560,000 was given out in financial assistance (a 42% increase from the year prior) and over 6,700 kids entered our Clubhouses, gyms, pools, gardens, kitchens, computer labs, camps, music studios, and sports fields.

Since our doors opened 52 years ago, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito has grown exponentially. Our operating budget has grown from a modest $27,000 to an impactful $6.7 million. One Clubhouse serving 100 members has turned into 7 Clubhouses and 7 specialty programs serving over 6,700 members. Our staff of six people has turned into a staff of over 300.

Alongside such amazing growth comes an immediate and constant need for financial support. Unlike many charities, BGC San Dieguito is not supported by tax dollars. The funds needed to bridge the gap between our modest program fees and the real cost of our programs and services are raised through direct donations from community members like you. Your support is the key to our success and the real reason we have been able to grow to serve so many youth over the years.

We believe every child has what it takes. There are countless stories that exemplify how Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito positively impacts the lives of our youth each and every day, one child at a time.

I am incredibly proud to be a part of an organization whose sole purpose is to provide programs that not only appeal to the youth in our community but inspire and engage them in something bigger than themselves.

As 2019 takes shape, please stop and identify the need surrounding you. Your support can impact our community in ways you never imagined.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit or reach out to me anytime. I’d love to share more or take you on a tour. My direct line is 858-755-1592. I look forward to hearing from you.

Marineke Vandervort

CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

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Give Financially


We provide scholarships for those who need assistance with our program fees. The actual cost of providing services is approximately $1,000 per child. A contribution of any size will help make up the difference. Since 83% of our budget goes directly to youth programming, you can be assured that your investment is guaranteed high returns in the life of a deserving young person and for our community as a whole. We also encourage in-kind gifts, which help us serve the children!

Examples of how your gift will be put to use:

  • A $20 donation provides a 1/2 hour swim lesson.
  • A $75 donation provides a child after-school services for a week.
  • A $100 donation subsidizes a performing arts or summer camp scholarship.
  • A $200 donation provides an athletic scholarship for a child to play in the BIG Eight Middle School Sports Program.
  • A $450 donation underwrites a full year’s worth of specialized programming for a member including college preparatory programs, athletic league experiences, arts & crafts classes, and summer camps.

Or send your donation to:  ATTN: Development Dept.
533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive., Solana Beach, CA 92075

In Kind Donations

Club-LobeIn-kind gifts of products or services enable us to provide hope and opportunity to our members, help us keep our Clubs accessible and affordable so that we can reach our youth, and allow us to host spectacular events that raise money for our work while showcasing the accomplishments of staff and members. Whether it is tickets to a sports game for our members, printing services for an invitation, strategic planning consulting expertise, or food for our Clubs, in-kind gifts allow us to reduce our expenses and direct more of the money we raise to direct services for youth.

What kinds of donated items can the clubs use?

  • Sports equipment
  • Art supplies
  • Educational books and videos
  • New electronic or computer equipment, or used computers that have at least a Pentium III processor and 128 MB of RAM
  • Office furniture, including folding tables, filing cabinets, desks & chairs, etc.

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Administration Offices
533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Bus: 858.755.9371
Fax: 858.755.0138
Hours: M-F, 9:00am – 6 :00pm


Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All or part of your contribution may be deductible for Federal tax purposes.

Tax ID 95-2470435