Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture

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California is enduring its third driest year on record as agricultural, urban and environmental demands for water are at an all-time high.  This report presents an assessment of the economic impacts of the 2014 drought on crop production, livestock and dairies using a suite of models.

Report (PDF)


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Report to the Community July 17, 2014 (PDF)

An in-depth look at how the Big Day of Giving transformed our community

San Diego After the Fire Fund Final Report

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Understanding San Diego Community Impact: San Diego After the Fire Fund Final Report (PDF)

Santa Barbara Foundation Sponsors NonProfit Executives at Stanford Management Institute

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Newson December 19th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

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.

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Green Center Receives Design Awards

General, Newson November 14th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

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.

Community Foundation for Monterey County Announces New Grantmaking Framework

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Newson September 28th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

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.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation Welcomes New CEO

General, Newson September 16th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

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.

SLO County Community Foundation Secures Future with Historic Home

Communications, General, Newson September 8th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

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.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Reaches Milestone of $1 Billion in Grant Awards

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Newson July 21st, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

With a grant to the National Resources Defense Council in June, Silicon Valley Community Foundation reached a significant milestone of awarding $1 billion in grants since their creation in 2007.  The Foundation manages more than $2 billion in assets. See the Mercury News article for more information.

Greater Sacramento Generosity Project To Spark Charitable Giving in the Region

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Newson July 13th, 2011No Comments • Leave a comment

“How do we increase charitable giving in our region to ensure the health of community nonprofits into the future so they can continue to do their vital work?”

This question is at the heart of the Greater Sacramento Generosity Project’s mission to understand and nurture philanthropy in the region. The first step of the project has been to quantify giving in the region as compared to national standards, and to understand local motivations for giving – or not. This quantitative research effort, commissioned by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and the Nonprofit Resource Center, revealed that Sacramento regional residents as a whole, are less likely to give and donate fewer dollars than the national average. The most striking negative variance in total giving was found among households with more than $200,000 in annual income as compared to their national counterparts.

If successful, the Generosity Project could provide a catalyst that will mark a historic expansion in the base of regional residents who clearly recognize charitable giving as fulfilling an essential and personal responsibility to their community’s well-being.

A multi-year community outreach campaign will begin this fall. See the Press Release and Fact Sheet. Download the full report at