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Give Big Kern in the February/March Issue of The Kern Business Journal

Everything you need to know about what Give Big Kern is, how the effort has fared in previous years, and what we all, as the collective Kern County community, can do to make it an even bigger and better event in 2018, can be found in Kern Community Foundation Manager of Community Impact Louis Medina’s contributed article to the latest issue of the Kern Business Journal. Click here to begin reading.

Scholarship Application Evaluators Needed!

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of Kern Community Foundation Scholarship Applicants? Consider donating approximately five hours over a two-week period to read and score student scholarship applications. Applications can be read from your home or office at your convenience. No prior experience needed.

• Training provided to use our online platform.
• Log in to our online scholarship site.
• Review 6-10 application essays.
• Rate essays using the procedures outlined in training.

Ready to give back? Sign up here!

Questions? Contact Kern Community Foundation’s Scholarship Coordinator Joe Brown at joe@kernfoundation.org, or 661.616.2605.

 

Training Materials from Kern Alliance of Nonprofits Jan. 2018 Workshop Available

Please click on this link to access the slides from Brown Armstrong’s presentation delivered on Jan. 10, 2018, titled “Understanding Financial Reports: P&L’s, Balance Sheets, Cashflows.” This is Part 2 of a three-part training series called Silver Lining, which is designed to strengthen local nonprofits in their budgeting, fiscal transparency and financial reporting capabilities.

Access useful financial reporting examples/templates by clicking here.

Training Materials from Kern Alliance of Nonprofits Dec. 2017 Workshop Available

Please click on this link to access the slides from Brown Armstrong’s presentation delivered on Dec. 13, 2017, titled “Building a Budget: Pulling Information, Keeping it Real, Staying on Track.” This is Part 1 of a three-part training series called Silver Lining, which is designed to strengthen local nonprofits in their budgeting, fiscal transparency and financial reporting capabilities.

Funds Available to Support Kern County’s Victims and Survivors of the Las Vegas Tragedy

The Day of Remembrance Fund at Kern Community Foundation was established to oversee the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed by Kern County residents to support Kern County victims of the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Our goal is to provide resources in a responsible and efficient way. To begin the eligibility process, we are asking Kern County residents who are victims and survivors of the Las Vegas tragedy to provide general contact information using our online automated platform. Once the information is submitted, we will provide individuals with the protocols governing the distribution of resources.

Click on this link to access our online platform. All contact information must be received by Friday, February 16, 2018.

Nominate Women/Young Women Worthy of The Judi McCarthy Women’s Philanthropy Award by February 26!

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund of Kern Community Foundation is asking the community to nominate women over 21, and girls ages 16 to 21, for The 2018 Judi McCarthy Women’s Philanthropy Award between now and February 26. The namesake for this prestigious award that honors women and girls who are committed to improving the lives of Kern County residents through their giving and leadership, is Judi McCarthy, a well-known local philanthropist and a founding member of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund of Kern Community Foundation.

The awards selection committee will review all nominations and select the 2018 recipient in early March. One award in each category will be presented at the Women’s & Girls’ Fund Annual Luncheon scheduled for May 2, 2018. The committee is responsible for the final selection. (In the unlikely event that the committee feels that no nominees have met the criteria, the awards may be withheld.)

The Women’s Philanthropy Criteria
Nominee must
– Have demonstrated a philanthropic spirit through personal giving and/or inspiring others to support charitable organizations;
– Have exhibited a long-term commitment to and a passion for bettering the lives of Kern County residents; and
Should
– Have a focus on seeking solutions to a problem rather than easing the symptoms;
– Inspire others to take a leadership role in philanthropy.
Click here for Women’s Nomination Form and instructions.

The Young Women’s Philanthropy Criteria
Nominee must:
– Be 16 to 21 years old and be eligible for extra-curricular activities if attending school;
– Have demonstrated a philanthropic spirit through personal giving and/or leadership in inspiring others to support charitable organizations; and
Should
– Have a focus on seeking solutions to a problem rather than easing the symptoms;
– Exhibit a commitment to, and a passion for, bettering the lives of Kern County residents.
Click here for Young Women’s Nomination Form and instructions.

Introducing “Billy the Give Big Goat” Coloring Sheet to Help Promote Give Big Kern!

We’re excited to introduce a coloring sheet featuring Give Big Kern’s Official Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, that is not only fun for the kiddies, but also contains useful information such as the givebigkern.org web address, and social media handle @GIVEBIGKERN, for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram–that way you’ll always know where to find Billy, and where to go for news related to #GIVEBIGKERN.

Please feel free to download an 8.5″ x 11″ Billy coloring sheet to share with your little ones. (Click here to download.)

Help Billy spread the word to others so they’ll know to “Give B-i-i-i-g!” on May 1.

CalNonprofits Report on the Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector

A groundbreaking report from the California Association of Nonprofits called “Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector,” reveals that in our state, nonprofits make up the fourth largest industry by employment (generating some 1 million jobs and supporting an additional 800,000 indirectly); contribute 15% of California’s Gross State Product; and enjoy greater workforce diversity than the adult civilian workforce as a whole. By supporting local nonprofits, you are helping to stimulate growth and progress throughout California. Click here to access the report, which can be downloaded in pdf format.

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