“Jumpstart” Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant – Informational Town Hall Meeting Coming up Sept. 6!

  • Did you ever wonder what it takes for a nonprofit to do fundraising effectively?
  • Does your nonprofit have a well-fleshed-out development plan or do you find yourself racing from grant to grant and fundraiser to fundraiser just to try to remain sustainable?
  • Are you actively engaging your board members in fundraising for your agency?
  • Are you using data effectively to set fundraising goals?
  • If someone challenged you to secure 10 new donors through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, could you do it?
  • How about getting 20% of your current donors to increase their giving?

If some or all of these questions challenge or concern you, come and learn about a competitive technical assistance grant opportunity called “Jumpstart,” that could revolutionize the way your agency does fundraising.

Offered as a true private-public partnership among Kern Community Foundation, Network for Good, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors, “Jumpstart” is a competitive grant that in its roll-out year will allow up to five Kern County nonprofits–one per each Supervisorial District–the opportunity to receive 12 months of technical assistance training and easy-to-use all-in-one software from fundraising technology and training giant Network for Good.

A Town Hall style informational meeting will take place Thursday morning, Sept. 6, starting at 9 a.m. at the Larry E. Reider Education Center in Downtown Bakersfield. A downloadable electronic flyer with details, including RSVP link, may be found here. Sign up now as space is limited.
RSVPs will be accepted through Noon on Thursday, August 30.
– To accommodate as many agencies as possible, we are limiting registration to 2 representatives per agency. (Agencies that participated in Give Big Kern are encouraged to attend.)
– Questions? Contact Manager of Community Impact Louis Medina at (661) 616-2603 or 


Philanthropy On Tap – Application Season is Coming Aug. 2 – 31!

Philanthropy on Tap is a competitive “visibility grant” opportunity that Kern Community Foundation offers to Kern County nonprofits in partnership with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Designed as a Speaker Series held at an informal setting over free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, Philanthropy on Tap showcases charitable organizations’ programs, leadership, and needs to local working professionals affiliated with the Chamber, as well as other community members who are interested in giving back by engaging with local nonprofits. It is a great networking opportunity designed to raise the visibility of nonprofits, exposing them to potential donors, volunteers and advocates. It also helps fulfill the mission of Kern Community Foundation: “Growing community. Growing philanthropy.”

Philanthropy on Tap is open to Kern County 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits that are registered with Kern Community Foundation and have a Silver or higher transparency rating on

Use this link to access our Philanthropy on Tap 2019 FAQ document, which should answer most questions for agencies wanting to apply. The application season will be from Noon August 2 to 5 p.m. August 31, 2018, through our Online Grants Platform, which may be accessed by going to For any additional questions, please contact

Give Big Kern 2018 Report to the Community

The month of May may be behind us, but at Kern Community Foundation we never stop talking about our biggest celebration of philanthropy, Give Big Kern, which this year took place on May 1 and turned out to be Kern’s BIGGEST Giving Day yet.

Please use this link to access our Give Big Kern 2018 Report to the Community, which is hot off the presses and contains a narrative of highlights from this year’s event, lots of useful data, photos, donor remarks, testimonials from nonprofit participants, an acknowledgment of our many wonderful sponsors, and some “looking forward” comments. A number of our participants will find themselves mentioned in this report, and we thank everyone who contributed to it and our Giving Day.

Note: Kern Community Foundation’s preparations for Give Big Kern 2019 officially begin in less than two weeks, when we will participate in a two-day Giving Day Leaders Forum hosted by technology partner GiveGab. We will be learning together with more than two dozen other Giving Day leaders from across the nation in the hope of making Give Big Kern 2019–on Kern Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Year–an even more fun and engaging experience for donors and participating nonprofits.

As you enjoy reading about this year’s Give Big Kern, be sure to also mark your calendars:

May 7, 2019, is our next “One day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County!”

And you’re all invited to the celebration!


$600,000 Wonderful Dollars to Help Grow a Beautiful World

Kern Community Foundation is helping The Wonderful Company get the word out about an opportunity for Kern County nonprofits to apply for grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to serve the communities of Wasco, Delano and McFarland during 2019, primarily in the areas of:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Community Beautification
  • Supporting families

However, Wonderful Community Grants will support “game-changing work across all program areas.”

Successful applications will demonstrate community need, and yield tangible and visible results. Funds are available for program development/expansion, innovation, technology and equipment. Full details may be found here.

The application period opens August 1, and the following information sessions in Kern will be offered as follows to help applicants prepare:

Delano/McFarland Information Session
July 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
Delano Regional Medical Center
The Scarlet Oak Conference Room
1401 Garces Hwy.
Delano, CA 93215

Wasco Information Session
August 1, 7:00-9:00 am
The Old Courthouse
810 8th St.
Wasco, CA 93280

K-12 Catholic Education Scholarship Opportunity – Apply Now Through 7/31!

Application season is open now through July 31, 2018, for The Peter Anthony Catholic Education Scholarship at Kern Community Foundation.

This Scholarship was established in 2017 to provide tuition assistance for a Catholic education to qualifying students in Kern County. In its first year, 13 students from three Catholic schools received a total of $10,300, with scholarships ranging between $500 and $1,500 each.

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 July 31, 2018.

Please visit to get started.

KAN ‘Strength is Visibility’ Campaign with KGET/Telemundo

Thanks to a partnership between the Kern Alliance of Nonprofits (KAN) and KGET-TV 17/Telemundo, agencies registered with Kern Community Foundation will have an opportunity to apply to be highlighted on the morning and evening television news, thereby becoming better known in the community and possibly gaining supporters and volunteers in the process. This competitive opportunity truly is nonprofit strengthening through visibility. All Kern County nonprofits that are registered with Kern Community Foundation and have a Silver or higher rating on are welcome to apply via the Foundation’s Online Grants Platform. This ongoing opportunity officially opens March 19, 2018.

Funds Still Available to Support Kern’s Victims/Survivors of the Las Vegas Tragedy

Day of Remembrance Fund – Funds will continue to be available until they are depleted. 

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. We ask 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. Funds will continue to be available until they are depleted.

KCF Need for Scholarship Evaluators Highlighted in The Tehachapi News

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a high-school graduate aspiring to go to college? You can help by evaluating their Kern Community Foundation Kern Futures scholarship application essay. We are grateful for media partners like The Tehachapi News that are helping us spread the word about this important effort. Click here to begin reading about how you can get involved.

Give Big Kern Promotions Beginning March 1 Highlighted in The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield Californian Reporter James Burger highlights Give Big Kern’s partnership with local retailers, such as Sequoia Sandwich Co., and Gimmee Some Sugar Sweet Co., to raise awareness and dollars in support of the overall effort of our May 1 Giving Day: the prizes that will be awarded to participating nonprofits, marketing material support, etc. The fun began March 1 and will continue through Give Big Kern Day. Click here to begin reading.

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