Charitable Giving Program

Pitching in to help each others during times of need has been a long standing tradition of the tribe. On October 23, 2007 the Pauma band and its neighbors became victims of the devastating Poomacha fire. The fire started at the La Jolla reservation near Palomar Mountain and burned more than 50,000 acres and 60 structures within the community. The La Jolla band, a non gaming tribe, has very limited financial resources. They rely heavily on revenue earned from a campground and funds received through a revenue-sharing agreement set up for California non gaming tribes. Pauma also experienced damage as the fire burned over 5,300 acres on our reservation.

In November 2007, the Pauma band together with Casino Pauma held a Thanksgiving dinner for La Jolla tribal members. We donated thirty-two gift cards, each in the amount of $2,000, to each of the La Jolla tribal families affected by the fires. In the spirit of our longstanding tradition for giving to and helping those in need, Pauma tribal elder Lorena Dixon asked that instead of receiving gifts for the celebration of her 85th birthday, that gift cards be purchased and donated to La Jolla families fire victims. An additional $2,000 plus was raised and donated to the La Jolla families per Ms. Dixon’s request.

The following is a brief list of recent contributions made by the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians.

  • California State University San Marcos
  • Menifee Freedom Crest Elementary School
  • Valley Center High School
  • Pauma Schools Foundation
  • Hamilton School Athletic Booster Club
  • Valley Center High Girls Water Polo
  • Valley Center High Girls Softball
  • French Valley Girls Softball
  • Palomar College Foundation
  • UC Regents Summer Residential Program
  • Round Valley Unified School District
  • Noli Indian School
  • National Judicial College
  • Vista Girls Softball
  • Valley Center Youth Soccer
  • San Diego International Sports Council
  • Young Native Scholars
  • Sheriff’s Museum
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Elizabeth Hospice Foundation
  • Lions Club of Pauma Valley
  • Toys for Tots
  • Animal Friends of the Valley
  • Friends of the Valley Center Library
  • Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
  • Saint Clare’s Home
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Vista Community Clinic
  • Special Olympics
  • American Legion
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • Native American Family Center
  • Elder Law & Advocacy
  • Warner Community Resource Center
  • Rural Community Assistance Corp.
  • Native American Child Welfare Association
  • Ronald McDonald Home Charities of California