Foundation Policies

The Elfin Forest Community Foundation was established by resolution of the Elfin Forest Town Council on January 31, 1995. A public foundation and a California Corporation established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of rural life in the greater Elfin Forest Community. One of its primary functions is to administer the Remediation Trust established by the San Marcos City Council for impacts to the community resulting from the near by landfill. Established as an autonomous and independent entity, the foundation is governed by a board of directors which are elected residents from within the community. The foundation is limited by its governing charter and bylaws to the funding of grants aimed at preserving, maintaining, or enhancing the overall quality of life within the Elfin Forest area.

It is the intent of the foundation to establish a structure in which worthy projects, initiated by individuals, ad hoc groups, or recognized organizations, could be brought forth to the community for grant funding. Only those activities which can be shown to benefit the public good are eligible for grant funding. Similarly, it is the intent of the foundation to provide a mechanism by which individuals, estates, or family trusts can donate tax deductible monies to the community of Elfin Forest.

The funds available to the foundation for allocation originate from two sources. The first is from direction donation and the second is from the trust established by resolution of the San Marcos City Council to partially offset impacts associated with the San Marcos Landfill. Interest generated from the investment of these monies forms the pool from which grant funds are drawn. The trust has been established with the expressed intent of preserving principle while allocating the accrued interest from these funds. In so doing, the trust will provide for the long term benefit of the entire community. Direct donations funds are subject to the inherent restrictions under which they were donated. To ensure the funding is directed at the greatest community need, the board of directors prepares and submits recommendations to a review process for approval. The board has approval control over small discretionary expenditures deemed to be in the greatest community good.

Foundation grants are generally focused at those activities which would serve the widest segment of the community. Intended projects may include such activities as planting trees near a public right of way, establishing and dedicating an open space easement, building and dedicating a horse/hiking trail, the purchase of a defibrillator for the fire department, or perhaps enhanced security type patrol. Activities are envisioned to be active in nature and not simple studies or such things as community or personal.

Maintenance Policy (added 6/9/08)

Since 1996, the Elfin Forest Community Foundation (EFCF) has provided funding for many community improvement projects such as construction of fencing and signs. Unfortunately, many of those early projects were funded without provision for future maintenance. As these improvements age without upkeep, it is evident that they detract from the beauty of the community.

EFCF does not have the resources to fund both new projects and maintain the old. Grant proposals requesting funds for structures that will require maintenance must also include information on how maintenance will be provided. Acceptance of EFCF money requires an agreement that you or your organization will accept responsibility for maintenance.