Our Community’s Philanthropists

When donating through the Foundation, community philanthropists express their generosity in a variety of ways. The Foundation’s experienced staff works personally with each of the following donors to develop a giving plan that achieves their charitable and financial goals.


Donor Advised Funds

Grants made from these funds are based on direction from the donor and support broad charitable needs.

  • Robert C. and Doreen Boylan Abrams Fund
  • Aera Energy Fund
  • AFG Project Fund
  • Peter Anthony Catholic Education Fund
  • The Donald E. and Audrey W. Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Donald and Earlene Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Kristen Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Batey Charitable Fund
  • Ben and Bryan Batey Charitable Fund
  • J & C Bowman Fund
  • The Boydstun Family Charitable Fund
  • S & L Boyle Family Fund
  • Charity Giving Card Fund
  • The Judith B. Chase Family Fund
  • Curtis & Peggy Darling Fund
  • Curtis & Peggy Darling Fund #2
  • Richard & Lorraine Davies Charitable Fund
  • Dev Charitable Fund
  • Rayburn and Joan Dezember Charitable Fund
  • Jeff and Denise Dittman Charitable Fund
  • Gee Durn Fund
  • Claude & Shirley Fiddler Charitable Fund
  • Fisherman’s Fellowship Charitable Fund
  • The Gordon Charitable Fund
  • Ed and Sue Green Family Charitable Fund
  • Fred and Virginia Hamisch Charitable Fund
  • George & Karen Johnson Family Fund
  • The Kern 178 Corridor Fund
  • Duane and Corey Keathley Charitable Fund
  • Lampe Fund
  • Justin and Carrie Leland Charitable Fund
  • Linda Lopez Charitable Fund
  • Robert and Judith McCarthy Family Fund
  • Garrett and Elizabeth Ming Charitable Fund
  • The David and Jan Nicholas Charitable Fund
  • Nickel Family Fund
  • Nnanedu Odeluga Memorial Fund
  • Palitz Family Charitable Fund
  • Parks-Anderson Charitable Fund
  • Phillips Family Fund
  • Plank Family Charitable Fund
  • Prolific Talents Fund
  • Sanders Family Fund
  • Harriet L. Sheldon Fund
  • Sheldon Family Charitable Fund
  • Gayland P. & Joy A. Smith Family Fund
  • Charlotte and Max Steinert Family Fund
  • The Marvin Steinert Family Charitable Fund
  • Rod Stiefvater Foundation Fund
  • Sandys S. Tang & Mora Tang Fund
  • C. Jeff & L. Elaine Thomson Commemorative Fund
  • Trang Family Charitable Fund
  • Beman Vernon Family Fund of Kern
  • Velasco Family Fund
  • Eugene J. Voiland Charitable Fund
  • The Blanche & Irma Weill Foundation Fund
  • Tim and Katie Werdel Giving Fund
  • Diane L. White Charitable Fund
  • Stan and Nancy Wilson Benevolence Fund
  • Cassandra Wright Charitable Fund
  • Michael and Jennifer Young Family Charitable Fund

Field of Interest Funds

These funds are used to support specific areas such as education, healthcare, social services, the arts, or other special interests and geographic regions.


Designated Funds

These funds support one or more specific charitable organizations.

  • Jean Baughman Legacy Fund
  • Phyllis J. Bivins Memorial Fund
  • Dolores & Victor Cerro St. Francis Scholarship Fund
  • Community Endowment Fund
  • Coe, Gorman, Diggles Foundation
  • The Fox Theater Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Noel E. Daniells Permanent Endowment Fund
  • Merle Haggard Musical Scholarship Fund
  • Handouts Don’t Help Fund
  • Kayli Memorial Fund
  • KernArts Forever!
  • KernArts Now!
  • KernHealth Forever!
  • Kern County Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund
  • Kern Health Now!
  • Kern River Preserve Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • KRVHF Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • North Kern Christian School Endowment Fund
  • The Marjorie Rump Charitable Endowment Fund
  • Shafter Historical Society Museum Curator Fund
  • The Jack and Mary Lou Thomson Endowment Fund
  • Edward M. and Constance W. Tilbury Endowment Fund
  • Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund
  • Margaret Urner Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund
  • Margaret Urner Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Fund
  • Helen Hawk Windes Charitable Fund
  • Bryce & Florence York Fund

Agency Funds

The Foundation manages these funds on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

  • Bakersfield ARC Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Bakersfield Christian High School Endowment Fund
  • Bakersfield High School Endowment Fund
  • California Living Museum (CALM) Al Robbins Endowment Fund
  • Community Care Network Fund
  • Foothill Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Heart Never Forgets Endowment Fund
  • JLB Community Center Fund
  • Kern Audubon Society Fund
  • Kern River Valley Educational and Cultural Foundation Fund
  • Leaders in Life Endowment Fund
  • LinkEd Fund
  • Links for Life Legacy Endowment Fund
  • Shafter Historical – Ohanneson Fund
  • Spotlight Theater Reserve Fund
  • SSRS Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • The Bakersfield Aquatics Center Fund
  • The Cat People Endowment Fund
  • The Golden Empire Gleaners Endowment Fund
  • The Green Hotel Restoration Fund
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation – Global Gifts End

Scholarship Funds

These funds support Kern’s future with resources to help students achieve their academic goals.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Kappa Eta Lambda Chapter Scholarship Fund
  • David Anderson Athletic Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Joseph E. Anderson Scholarship Fund
  • Arvin Union Congregational Church Scholarship Fund
  • Arvin Women’s Club – Ellen Kovacevich Scholarship Fund
  • The Arvin Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
  • Jack Beaton Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Derek Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • California Children’s Services (CCS) Transition Scholarship Fund
  • Caratan Family Scholarship Fund
  • Larry Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • East Bakersfield Class of 1957 – Ron Robison Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Karin Enebo Memorial Violin Scholarship Fund
  • Sean E. Farley Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Manuel Gonzales Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Honor Run Scholarship Fund
  • Kern Futures Scholarship Fund
  • Kern Futures Scholarships Now Fund
  • Kern Futures Scholarships Together Fund
  • Kern High School District Counselors Scholarship Fund
  • The Mayor of Bakersfield Scholarship Fund
  • David Moore Agricultural Scholarship Fund
  • Nickel Family Scholarship for Agricultural Education Fund
  • Dr. Richard P. Pierucci Scholarship Fund
  • Oscar and Libbie Rudnick Scholarship Fund
  • Bailey Schweitzer Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Eunice Sears Scholarship for Music Fund
  • Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association Scholarship Fund
  • The George and Helen Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Trinity Foundation Fund

Unrestricted Funds

The Foundation’s unrestricted funds are used to support broad charitable needs of the community.

List Updated February 2020