Mission Statement

The Foundation’s mission is to carry on the Copley family’s legacy of giving by funding nonprofit organizations making a difference in the areas of human services, military and military veterans, youth development, medical and medical research, education, arts and culture and animal welfare, especially those programs and services improving the life or opportunities of the underserved in the San Diego area.

ODI
City Heights

Imperial Vallley
Food Bank

San Ysidro
Library

ODI
City Heights


Interfaith
Community Services

Ronald McDonald
House

History

The David C. Copley Foundation (formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation) began in 1953 as The Copley Foundation and was initially funded by The Copley Press, Inc., owner of multiple newspapers in California, Illinois and Ohio. David C. Copley, the son of Helen K. and James S. Copley, was a businessman and philanthropist, born and raised in San Diego. He passed away in 2012 naming the Foundation as the sole residuary beneficiary of his estate. Upon David Copley’s passing, the Foundation has been governed by independent directors whose mission is to continue the Copley Family legacy.

David C. Copley
Foundation

David C. Copley
Foundation

San Diego
Humane Society

Ronald McDonald
House


Monarch
School

Rady
Childrens Hospital

Logan Heights
Idea Lab

2021 Impact Report

Unfortunately, 2021 proved to be as challenging if not more so than the prior year. Locally, we saw increased food insecurity, a surge in homelessness, a mental health crisis and an urgent need to help Afghan refugees. The Foundation, along with other philanthropists and the local San Diego governmental agencies did not disappoint in supporting these needs. The community as a whole remained strong, supporting each other through daily challenges with resilience, empathy, and kindness.

On behalf of the David C. Copley Foundation and its Board of Directors, I am pleased to report that in 2021 the Foundation continued its mission and awarded grants totaling over $5.6 million. In February 2021, the Board approved grants to a collection of non-profit organizations doing exemplary work in our community, including significant grants to Father Joe's, Interfaith Community Services, and East County Transitional Living Center to build transitional and recuperative housing for homeless families and veterans. The Foundation remained focused on human service organizations meeting the heavy needs such as food insecurity, mental health needs, youth development, disaster relief and the digital divide.

In addition, the Foundation approved a matching grant challenge to Tri-City Hospital Foundation for the much-needed renovation of its Emergency Department.

The Foundation continues to support diverse non-profit organizations and the Board and staff are proud to carry on the philanthropic legacy of David C. Copley and his parents, Helen K. and James S. Copley. Below is a list of organizations receiving grants in 2021 from the Foundation.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Koch
Chief Operating Officer



applicants

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE BY INVITATION ONLY. OUR HOPE IS THIS WILL ALLOW THE BOARD TO BE MORE THOUGHTFUL WITH ITS GRANT PROCESS. APPLICANTS MUST BE INVITED BY A BOARD MEMBER OR STAFF BEFORE APPLYING AND WILL BE GIVEN A LINK FOR APPLICATION AT THAT TIME.

San Ysidro
Library

San Diego
Central Library


Contact Information

San Diego
Natural History Museum

Mailing Address

David C. Copley Foundation
12636 High Bluff Drive
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92130

Phone: (619) 269-8220
E-mail: Kim@copleyfoundation.org

Directors

Charles F. Patrick
Dean P. Dwyer
Eric O. Freeberg
Jessica Walker

Officers and Staff

Kimberly Koch, COO
Anita Ta, Controller