The flyer at left has the dates of the 2019-20 Training Workshops to be offered by the Kern Alliance of Nonprofits (KAN). Please note that you cannot register for these FREE workshops yet on eventbrite. Separate announcements will be made closer to each workshop date, with information on how to register. In the meantime, please continue to monitor the KAN Facebook page (@kernallianceofnonprofits), the Kern Community Foundation Facebook page (@kernfoundation), and the KAN Events calendar for the latest information. For now, just mark your calendars.
Click on either the hyperlink above or the photo at left to access a downloadable copy.
In it you will find an analysis of this year’s accomplishments, the reasons for our runaway success, a listing of competitive and opportunity drawing prize winners, a map showing how Give Big Kern lit up the globe with giving (Gracias! Merci! Obrigado! Shukraan Lakum! Dankie!), quotes from grateful participating nonprofits, trends in social media and online giving, an acknowledgment of our sponsors, what’s coming up next year, and more!
Please share it with others–especially nonprofits. Also, save the date for next year’s Give Big Kern, when, festively, Kern’s Online Day of Giving falls on Cinco de Mayo (May 5)!
And as our Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, likes to say, “Happy r-e-e-e-a-a-d-i-n-g!”
Kern Community Foundation’s online application for The Peter Anthony Catholic Education Scholarship for K-12 Catholic Education is open now through July 31, 2019.
This Scholarship was established in 2017 to provide tuition assistance for a Catholic education to qualifying K-12 students in Kern County. Thus far, this fund has awarded close to $33,000 in scholarships to 40 students from 20 families, attending 4 Bakersfield area schools, and endorsed by 7 parishes.
This opportunity is open to students/families who fulfill the following criteria:
Active and practicing Catholics as verified by the parish pastor;
Demonstrate financial need as verified by Kern Community Foundation;
Attend or plan to enroll in a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)-accredited K-12 Catholic school in Kern County; and
Complete the Peter Anthony Catholic Education Scholarship application through Kern Community Foundation with all materials by the deadline of Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
For more information or assistance, please contact Kern Community Foundation by calling 661.616.2605 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Si tiene preguntas en español, favor de llamar y preguntar por Louis Medina al número, 661.325.5346.
On April 3, Kern Community Foundation’s Director of Community Impact, Louis Medina, was interviewed about Give Big Kern by Robin Jones of KRAB Radio, 106.1 FM. The interview is airing on Robin’s show, “Kern County This Week,” on Sunday, April 7–the same day givebigkern.org goes live for receiving donations! Listen to the interview by clicking here. Then, click on the file name, “GIVE BIG KERN.mp3,” and finally on the play button on the right side of your screen.
You will also be able to listen to the interview over the airwaves on Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 a.m. on the following stations:
The AEG Community Foundation is involved in charitable giving across the country, especially in communities where it does business. AEG manages the Rabobank Arena and is therefore interested in awarding grants in Bakersfield/Kern.
There are two grant cycles:
– Cycle 1 is currently open from February 1 through March 30, 2019.
– Cycle 2 will be open in the fall from September 1 through October 31, 2019.
Give Big Kern Mascot Billy the Give Big Goat is one of the finalists in the Mascot Category for Best of Kern 2019! Entering its 26th year, The Bakersfield Californian’s “Best Of” Reader’s Choice Poll showcases the people, places and things that make Kern County truly unique.
Billy celebrates Kern County’s renowned giving spirit by encouraging everyone to “Give B-i-i-i-g!”
Vote for Billy! Just follow this link, choose the “Best Mascot” category, find his name, and vote. The deadline for casting your vote is midnight, Feb. 17. But don’t wait. Vote now! Vote B-i-i-i-g!
Register early to participate in the Fourth Annual Give Big Kern:
“One day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County!” Coming up May 7, 2019.
More than a one-day online fundraiser, Give Big Kern is a Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative. Starting in January, participating nonprofits are afforded many opportunities to increase their Visibility, Capacity and Sustainability through a series of mandatory and optional Give Big Kern training webinars, workshops, online videos and other training aids, special outreach events, media opportunities and more.
The theme for this year’s Give Big Kern is “Dream B-i-i-i-g!” as our Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, might say. The mission of Kern Community Foundation is “Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.” By getting the entire community to rally around our local charities, Give Big Kern helps us do both.
Let’s come together as a community to make wonderful dreams come true for Kern’s hard-working nonprofits!
How to Participate
It all begins with:
a) Give Big Kern registration (Opens at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8), and
b) Attendance at two mandatory training events: a Webinar* and an In-Person Workshop early in the New Year. Other mandatory and optional events will be announced at the January In-Person Workshop, so you must register from the start.
The button below will take you to the portal for “January Training Registration for Give Big Kern 2019.” You will be able to register for the Webinar* and one of the available In-Person Workshops at a time and location that is convenient for you (See “Important Dates” below).
Register Now! *Please note that registering for the Webinar is a two-step process: 1) You need to tell us on the registration form using the appropriate radio button whether you will be participating in the Webinar in real time or watching a recording, and 2) If you choose the option for participating in real time, you need to use the hyperlink to register for the Webinar; a Webinar registration form will open up in a new tab. Register for the Webinar, close that tab, and you can then go back to the January Registration Form to choose an In-Person Workshop that works for you. Your registration to both the Webinar and the In-Person Workshop of your choice will be confirmed in separate e-mails.
1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8: Nonprofit Registration opens on GIVEBIGKERN.org. Give Big Kern is FREE to any nonprofit organization registered with Kern Community Foundation that can demonstrate it has been granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS and has achieved a Silver or higher rating on GuideStart.org. Click here for more information.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9: “Getting Started” Webinar by technology partner GiveGab. We strongly recommend that you participate in the webinar live, but if you can’t, a recording of it will be posted online within 24 hours.
Jan. 11 or 16 or 17 – Four In-Person Workshops will be held in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest and Kernville at different times for nonprofits to choose from. You need only attend one. Times and locations will be shown on the registration form.
Important Prerequisites: In order to be able to participate in Give Big Kern, organizations must: a) Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, or a Fiscal Sponsor that has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status; b) Be registered with Kern Community Foundation; and c) Have a Silver or higher Transparency rating on GuideStar.org (Go to www.kernfoundation.org/grants for details).
Click on this link to access the slide presentation that accompanied the November 2018 Kern Alliance of Nonprofits workshop on “Donor Stewardship and Cultivation,” presented by Toni Dougherty, Vice President of Philanthropy for Friends of Mercy Foundation.