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San Diego Foundation awards $60M to charities during fiscal year

The San Diego Foundation announced at its 34th Annual Meeting last week that $60 million had been granted out to worthy charities over its previous fiscal year.

The grants were made possible due to the commitment of the foundation and its partners, who house their funds with the organization.

The newest set of grant dollars means The San Diego Foundation has surpassed $650 million in grants since its inception.

At the meeting, the new board members were introduced.

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The annual meeting also gave The San Diego Foundation the opportunity to introduce its five incoming board members: Robert C. Dynes, former president of the University of California system and former chancellor at UCSD; Paul Eichen, founder of Proxima and the Rokenbok Toy Co., chairman of the Orca Fund; Connie L. Matsui, retired executive vice president at Biogen Idec. Inc., former national president and board chair of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Garry Ridge, president and chief executive officer of the WD-40 Co.; and Nancy A. Spector, attorney, certified specialist in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, special needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships.