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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.

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 britny@kernfoundation.org 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 info@kernfoundation.org or just drop by our office at 3300 Truxtun Ave., Suite 220, in Bakersfield. We’re open 9 to 5. Happy giving!

Community Events

  1. KAN Steering Committee Meeting

    June 11 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  2. Autism on Run- 2k/5k Event

    November 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm