The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
Providing Access to All Through Program and Event Sponsorship
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians has a generous history of supporting San Diego Children's Discovery Museum programs and initiatives, and we are deeply appreciative to call them a Community Partner. In the summer of 2014, Rincon donated the final amount needed purchase our first Mobile Children's Museuma van. This support allowed us to launch a new program which would bring Museum's hands-on exhibits and educational workshops to schools and communities thoughout the region, including San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.
Rincon has continued to invest in SDCDM's future with new partnerships each year since then, supporting free admission for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and their families, Access for All Membership Fund, and Path to Discovery Campaign wiht a Commemorative Naming Opportunity for the Native California House. This year SDCDM was honored to have Rincon as the Title Sponsor of our Annual Spring Gala "Oceania" which raised more than $70,000 for PlayLAB Exhibit Innovation and Access for All Initiatives to provide field trip and Mobile Children's Museum scholarships, complimentary admissions, and family memberships to underserved children and families.
In keeping with the tribal tradition of sharing, the Rincon Tribal Council funds services and programs that enhance the quality of life in the North County San Diego region. Since the philanthropy program was introduced in 2007-2008, the Rincon Band has funded more than 600 non-profits and public agency requests. The Committee supports requests that benefit children, youth, families, the military, and seniors. Additionally, the Committee funds sponsorships for organizations involved in specific fundraising goals, and events that promote a positive community experience, holiday celebrations, and recognize communities of common interest. The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians ancestors date back over 10,000 years and thrived with their own social, agricultural, scientific, artistic, religious, and governmental practices and traditions, leaving behind a story of courage and survival, and a resilient cultural heritage. Rincon proudly shares in the regional economy by providing jobs, purchasing from local vendors, and investing in surrounding communities through charitable donations and by underwriting public safety services.
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Improving Communities Through Educational Support
In April 2016, the Museum received a $5,000 grant award from Nordson Corporation to benefit our Access for All Scholarship Fund. By August, more than 250 low-income school children had benefited from the award, participating in eductional workshops on topics like Wildflower Science, Art of Science - Sea Turtles, Art of Science - Chicken Adaptations, and Chicken Life Cycle.
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Board of Directors and Path to Discovery Campaign
Long-time San Diego resident Susanne Stanford became involved with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in 2011 after an introduction by fellow Board Member, Larry Zeiger. A self-described "global citizen," Susanne is a leading advocate of SDCDM's exhibits, programs, and initiatives, believing it is crucial for children to be exposed to, and experience world cultures, the arts, and science through hands-on learning. A long-time San Diego County resident, Susanne had largely focused her community involvement on arts, education, and legal organizations in the communities of La Jolla and downtown San Diego. After her introduction to the Museum, she spent some time getting to know Executive Director Javier Guerrero and Museum staff, learning their vision for the recently acquired larger facility. It was a vision Susanne could align with, and a perfect fit for her philanthropic focus.
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Learn more about volunteering with SDCDM. Volunteers work in almost every area of the Museum. Some lead exhibit demonstrations and school workshops, while others assist with general operations, lead as Board of Directors, or serve as information ambassadors.