Give Big Kern/CSUB Student Partnership in the March Issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine

Kern Community Foundation President and CEO Kristen Beall shares with the community in her monthly “Philanthropy Matters” column in the latest issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, how over the course of two months (March 1 through Give Big Kern Day, May 1), two classes of Cal State Bakersfield public relations students will assist participating Give Big Kern nonprofits with communications and public relations support at no cost, while learning about the value of community philanthropy in the process. Click here to begin reading.

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, or 661.616.2605.


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
– 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
– 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 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.

Kern County Nonprofits: Get Ready for Give Big Kern 2018!

Give Big Kern 2018
Registration is coming up in January, and we want all participating nonprofits to be ready for this exciting May 1, 2018 crowd funding event that allows charities to raise UNRESTRICTED DOLLARS!

Click on this link to access our Registration and Initial Mandatory Training announcement with all the information you need to start getting ready.

KCF College Scholarship Application Season for High School Seniors Opens Dec. 1, 2017 thru March 2, 2018!

Graduating high school this year? Planning to attend a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university? Our Kern Futures scholarship application season is now open at Kern Community Foundation! From the home page of our website, go to Students > Scholarships to apply online. With one simple application, you may be considered for dozens of scholarships, many of which have renewal opportunities.

For more information, contact Scholarship Coordinator Britny Boos at or 661.616.2605. Don’t miss out: In the current school year, more than $620,000 were awarded in scholarships to 334 students throughout Kern County, and close to one-third of those were for graduating high school seniors!

Introducing KCF’s Latest Community Giving Guide!

Consider keeping your charitable giving local this holiday season and donating to one of more than 200 Kern County nonprofits and close to a dozen endowed funds featured in Kern Community Foundation’s latest issue of the Community Giving Guide, which you can download in pdf format using this link.

Would you like a handsome, glossy paper copy of the Giving Guide? Contact us at or just drop by our office at 3300 Truxtun Ave., Suite 220, in Bakersfield. We’re open 9 to 5. Happy giving!

Kern Community Foundation