Please save the dates of May 28-30, 2014, for this year’s annual DonorEdge Learning Community Conference. We are excited to announce that the Sacramento Region Community Foundation is this year’s host community foundation. The conference will begin on May 28 at 2:00 pm and conclude on May 30 at 11 am.
As nonprofits are continually expected to do more with less, and access to resources has become even scarcer, the Santa Barbara Foundation was again pleased to support attendance of 11 nonprofit executives at a two-day cutting edge leadership conference at the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute.
Titled “Partnering for Impact,” this year’s conference was geared toward learning creative new strategies for running and growing organizations through tough economic times. Conference sessions were developed specifically for nonprofit leaders and included building the right funding model; creating a volunteerism model for long-term social impact; working across issue sectors; and measuring impact.
The participants will give presentations to share what they learned with the nonprofit community. Last year, more than 150 nonprofit executives attended the post-conference meetings, rating this innovative model for both leadership training and county collaboration as exceptional. The nonprofit executives who attended the conference represent a range of issue areas from health and human services to the arts, education and the environment. This is the Foundation’s third year of sponsorship investment.
See the News Release for more information.
Amy Miller is a very happy 14-year old girl riding in her new mobility van. The purchase of the van was made possible through the Martin Rajkovich Children’s Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County dedicated to improving the quality of life for special needs children living in San Benito County.
This is the first modified vehicle the family has ever owned, and couldn’t have come at a better time for the Miller family, as getting around town for the simplest of errands was becoming a daunting task in their current SUV. Amy’s mother had to physically lift her in and out of the vehicle, creating physical strain on both mother and daughter. They needed an easy access vehicle that allowed Amy to remain safely in her wheelchair, and the van was the perfect solution.
The Foundation thanks Tiffany Ford Motor Company for spearheading the efforts in locating the specially designed vehicle, for their full safety inspection, and their help in making the family’s dream a reality.
For information regarding the Martin Rajkovich Children’s Fund please contact the Community Foundation at 831.630.1924 or visit the website at www.cfsbc.org.
Isaac Morales believes youth today are more involved in their communities than ever before. “They don’t just voice themselves anymore, they take action.” Isaac is one of 29 high school students who participate in The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino’s Youth Grantmakers Committee.
The program, launched in 2008, involves them in funding grants for local nonprofit organizations. Earlier this year, twenty seven nonprofits submitted grant applications with detailed project proposals. They were reviewed by the youth grantmakers, who wanted to help teens dealing with important issues facing young people today. Nine nonprofits were chosen to receive a total of $20,000. “The goal is to teach young people about the tradition of philanthropy,” said Celia Cudiamat, the foundation’s Vice President of Grant Programs. “We want to increase their awareness about people outside the confines of their own neighborhood, improve their skills in conflict resolution and communications, increase their knowledge about grantmaking, nonprofits and foundations, and teach them leadership and civic skills. We hope the end result is to increase their interest and involvement in their community.”
Isaac, who will be serving on the committee again next year, summed it up like this: “Youth grantmakers committee is an outlet for us to not only have a voice, but to also have a direct impact with the resources provided to us. While serving as youth grantmakers, we become leaders, we become liaisons, we become philanthropists, but most importantly, we take action.”
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County opened the new Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy earlier this year and was recently honored with two international architecture design awards. It was also certified as a LEED Gold Level building by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition to housing the Foundation’s offices, the center is open for community use, offering local organizations use of meeting rooms and a nonprofit resource center.
See the Media Release.
The H.G. Fenton Fund was established with The San Diego Foundation in 2001 in part to support the education and technical training of young people entering the building and construction industries.
In late 2010, a check for $60,000 was presented to North County Trade Tech High to sponsor employment of a Trade Instructor. The school provides students with a combination of academic curriculum and hands-on training required to succeed in the building and construction industry. By giving an opportunity to acquire work experience and real-life skills, the school also hopes to keep children from dropping out of school and engaging in crime and other non-productive behavior.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) recently adopted a new framework for its largest grantmaking program, one that embraces a countywide vision of “healthy, safe and vibrant communities.” The CFMC’s new Community Impact Grants program (formerly known as the General Endowment) focuses on the people and places of Monterey County, highlighting impact and seeking measurable results. Community Impact Grants will address critical issues and opportunities in four primary areas that advance the Foundation’s mission and vision for Monterey County: Investing in People, Strengthening Communities, Celebrating Cultures and Stewarding Environment. For more information, see the Press Release and Grant Guidelines.
The board and staff of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation are pleased to announce that after a thorough and diligent search, Kathy Johnson was selected as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Kathy has provided leadership in creating numerous nonprofit organizations and has significant experience working with private philanthropic endeavors, nonprofit management, leadership programs, fund development and volunteerism.
“We are excited to welcome Kathy to the Community Foundation. We believe that she possesses all of the characteristics of a proven leader, is community minded and has a strong financial background” states Kendell Seamans, Board Chair.
Kathy Johnson began on September 12, 2011. See the Press Release.
San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation has recently purchased and moved into the historic Barneberg House at 550 Dana St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. The new offices bring to life the theme of the SLOCCF’s most recent annual report, “Inspired by the Past, Creating the Future.”
“When this opportunity became available to us, we knew it was a perfect fit,” explained Executive Director Barry VanderKelen. “This historic home has deep, strong roots in the same community we are committed to supporting and enhancing.” See the Press Release for more information.
In SVCF’s region, the economic recovery has not reached many individuals and families who are still trying to rebuild their finances or struggling to regain employment. Too many of those without access to legitimate financial services are turning to payday lenders who charge annualized interest rates that average more than 400 percent on small, short-term loans. Many of these lenders are concentrated in communities of color and neighborhoods where low and very low-income families live.