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David C. Copley Foundation Pledges $100,000 to Help Students in City Heights and Lemon Grove

The foundation’s big gift to United Way of San Diego County, plus the FACE Foundation saves its 2,000th pet, and Park Hyatt Aviara’s support for the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation

United Way of San Diego County’s Attendance HEROs encourage kids to be here every day and ready to learn on time.

The David C. Copley Foundation has donated $100,000 to United Way of San Diego County to support childhood literacy and attendance initiatives in City Heights and Lemon Grove.

The local chapter of United Way has developed a program called “Every Student, Every Day” designed to help chronically absent students up their attendance, thus bettering their academic prospects. The nonprofit also runs a “Readers in the Heights” summer literacy camp for kindergartners through fourth graders who may backslide without access to books when school’s out.  

“United Way’s early grade literacy work directly relates to our mission of carrying on the Copley family’s legacy of giving by funding nonprofit organizations making a difference, including in youth development and education,” said David C. Copley Foundation President and CEO Dean P. Dwyer. “It is especially meaningful to us to support United Way’s signature early grade literacy initiatives.”

United Way of San Diego County works to end the cycle of poverty for local kids and families. “With partners like the Copley Foundation, we are able to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future,” Interim CEO Bob Beatty said.


Cleo with owner Sean, FACE grant coordinator Patty Mendez, Bodhi vet Dr. Hodgson and staff. 

A sweet tabby cat likely hit by a car has become the 2,000th animal whose life was saved thanks to The Foundation for Animal Care and Education, which aims to put a stop to euthanasia for financial reasons. After “Cleo,” an indoor-outdoor kitty, returned home dirty and crying in pain, her owner rushed her to Bodhi Animal Hospital in North Park where she was diagnosed with a severe leg fracture that required surgery. He couldn’t afford the treatment, so Cleo’s vet referred him to FACE, which provided the financial assistance necessary for the life-saving surgery. “Being able to help Cleo was a victory. We are grateful to our veterinary partners, like Bodhi, and all of our supporters who make saving pets and helping families possible,” said Danae Davis, FACE’s executive director.


The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation plans to use a $15,000 donation from Park Hyatt Aviara for trail restoration, upkeep, and ongoing enhancements. The luxury resort in Carlsbad, which is adjacent to the lagoon, has worked with foundation championing for the North County coastal wetlands for more than 35 years. Each year, Hyatt’s employees around the world participate in a Global Month of Service. In this year’s edition, the eight so far, the hotel chain set a goal to donate 30,000 volunteer hours.

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