Donor Spotlight

There are many individuals and companies that make important contributions of time, talent and treasure everyday at Monarch. We’d like to take a moment and recognize a few of them. Our students lives are enriched with the gifts provided through your efforts – thank you.

Clearinghouse CDFI


We would like to thank Clearinghouse CDFI and their investing partners for supporting enriching and educational activities for our students and their families. In April Clearinghouse held their Annual Meeting at Monarch’s new campus, and CEO Erin Spiewak was presented with checks totaling $50,000 from their shareholders sponsoring the event. Many thanks to our generous Sponsors:

Platinum Plus Sponsor:
Wells Fargo

Platinum Sponsor:
U.S. Bank
CapitalSource Bank

Silver Sponsor:
Wawanesa Bank
First Bank

Supporting Sponsor:
Opus Bank


FitZee Foods

In the spring of 2011 the employees of FITzee foods took a trip down to Monarch School to tour the facility and to see firsthand the work being done for San Diego’s homeless youth. After spending less than an hour with the staff and students the FitZee employees were convinced that Monarch would be the perfect agency to partner with for their upcoming “healthy child movement”.

FITzee Foods is dedicated to social responsibility and giving back to the community. For every prepackaged meal that is sold, FITzee Foods donates 5 cents to Monarch School and the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program. Through the month of January FITzee will also be hosting “free” donation based fitness classes with proceeds benefitting Monarch. The students and staff at Monarch School would like to thank FITzee foods for their continued support and their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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Greater Good Realty

Greater Good Realty donates 10% of their sales commissions to local charities and non-profit organizations. Over the upcoming months they will be highlighting worthy organizations that are providing services to those in need throughout San Diego County. During the month of August they featured Monarch School and we able to earn over $2,700 for our program. All of us at Monarch would like to thank David Stone and the staff at Greater Good Realty for their generous support!

To learn more about Greater Good Realty and how you can help click here

Greater Good Realty is a boutique Real Estate Company located in San Diego, California. They focus on providing exceptional service to their clients which includes investors, first time homebuyers, and tenants of rental properties throughout the San Diego area.

People Planet Partnership

After a recent visit to Monarch, attorney Tim Pestotnik knew that he wanted his new foundation’s funds to help our college-bound students. People Planet Partnership (“P3”) is a local nonprofit with a focus on education. Members of P3, all educated professionals, believe that some of their own opportunities were made possible because others cared enough to make sure they were able to go to school.

The group has pledged to help our graduates with postsecondary education-related expenses such as transportation, food and healthcare fees – expenses that are often not covered by traditional scholarships.

Tim, along with Russ Winslow, fellow P3 member and colleague at law firm Pestotnik + Gold, attended our August 2012 Alumni Reunion, met some of our graduates, and presented their assistance plan. Grads were then invited to apply for support, and a partnership was born.

City Pizzeria

The partnership between Monarch School and City Pizzeria began in the summer of 2010 when owner John Crosser walked into the doors of Monarch to find out how he could help.  After spending only a few minutes speaking with the receptionist he learned about the Butterfly Birthday celebration Monarch holds every month. John quickly realized how he could contribute, by donating pizzas for the celebration. Since then City Pizzeria has been donating dozens of pizzas every month to help our students celebrate their birthdays. An assembly, gifts, cupcakes, and pizza mark the Butterfly Birthday celebration held the third Wednesday of every month. Thank you City Pizzeria!

City Pizzeria is an independent pizza provider that does things the old-fashioned way and goes against the “corporate” norm.  They have been in downtown San Diego since 2001, providing quality food to the surrounding community.  They hand-toss all of their pizzas in the “old-school” manner and bake them in vintage brick ovens.  All of their sauces are made in-house, and all of their toppings are prepared fresh daily.