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A Success Story to Inspire Nonprofits to Apply for Kern Community Foundation’s Jumpstart Fundraising TA Grant

“Jumpstart” is a competitive grant opportunity made available to Kern County nonprofits thanks to a public-private partnership between Kern Community Foundation and fundraising technology and training giant Network for Good (NFG), with generous funding support from the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

The program allows five Kern nonprofits–one from each County Supervisorial District–the opportunity to receive 12 months of fundraising technical assistance and easy-to-use software from NFG at a greatly subsidized cost.

Jumpstart is designed to help Kern’s nonprofits work smarter, not harder, by building upon the important fundraising work they have already begun through Give Big Kern and other efforts. The program weds the high-touch nurturing and cultivation of long-term relationships with individual donors to the high-tech use of donor development software, in order to help charities diversify and expand general operating dollars.

Our application period for Jumpstart 2020 is currently open through 5 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2019.

Click here to read a success story from 2019 participant, Independence Through GRACE, which more than doubled its Give Big Kern fundraising from 2018 ($20,000) to 2019 ($49,000) after they implemented lessons learned from their Jumpstart Fundraising Coach. In the article, you will also find useful links to a slide presentation on Jumpstart and to Kern Community Foundation’s Online Grants Platform so you can get started with your application. Questions? Please write to Louis@kernfoundation.org or call 661.616.2603.

Links for Life Seeks Part-Time Outreach Coordinator

Links for Life, a breast cancer support, education and services organization serving Bakersfield and Kern County, seeks a part-time Outreach Coordinator to work under the general direction of the Executive Director to strengthen the organization’s community relations, volunteer networks, and outreach. This position is non-exempt, with a 20-25 hours-per-week workload. Spanish/English bilingual written/oral skills preferred. Click here to view job description and find out how to apply.

Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant – RSVP for a FREE Informational Town Hall Meeting Coming Up Oct. 24!

$19,300!

That’s how much funding IN NET-NEW DOLLARS FROM INDIVIDUAL DONORS nonprofits that graduate from the Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant Program are raising, on average, at the end of the 12-month training period!

Some Kern County nonprofits enrolled in Jumpstart since January of this year have already raised more money than they did in all of 2018!

This could be you!

Jumpstart is a fundraising technical assistance program that strengthens Kern County nonprofits by giving them access to hands-on coaching and the use of state-of-the-art fundraising software for one year at a greatly reduced tuition cost, thanks to generous funding from the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

The program helps to ensure participants’ sustainability by teaching them the skills to nurture and cultivate long-term relationships with individual donors, with a view toward diversifying funding streams and expanding unrestricted, general operating dollars that are not program-limited like grant funding.

Jumpstart is administered by fundraising technology and training giant Network for Good. In 2020, Kern Community Foundation will once again make the program available through a competitive grant opportunity open to Kern County Nonprofits that have not participated in Jumpstart in the past.

Join us to learn about whether your Kern County Nonprofit qualifies and how you can apply online through Kern Community Foundation.

RSVP Now to Attend Our Oct. 24 Informational Grant Workshop (A.M. and P.M. Options Available). Space is Limited!

The workshop will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, in the 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room of the Kern County Administrative Building, 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301.

Click here to register for the 9 – 11 a.m. Workshop (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Click here to register for the 1 – 3 p.m. Workshop (Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.)

Parking

We recommend that you park in the city’s public parking lots south of the railroad tracks on N Street near 14th Street. There is street parking along and north of Truxtun Avenue as well; but please be mindful of time restrictions to avoid ticketing.

Questions? Contact Louis@kernfoundation.org or 661.616.2603.

Bakersfield PAL Hiring Activity Leaders

The Bakersfield Police Activities League (PAL) is Hiring ACTIVITY LEADERS!

If you are an energetic and dedicated person who wants to be a role model to our local community’s youth, feel free to stop by Bakersfield PAL at 301 E. 4th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307, and turn in your resume. Questions? Call 661.283.8880, or write to info@bakersfieldpal.org.

The American Red Cross seeks Executive Director for its Kern County Chapter

The American Red Cross is currently seeking an Executive Director for its Kern County chapter, based in Bakersfield, California. This position involves little operational responsibility, and is an external-facing, community relations position, where the right individual will be able to inspire engagement and partnership with the Red Cross in the Kern County communities it serves. Click here for more details and to apply.

East Kern Earthquake Relief Grant Opportunity

Thanks to generous funding from our valued community partners, this one-time competitive grant opportunity is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies operating in Kern County that:
1) Are registered with Kern Community Foundation; and
2) Have a Silver or higher Transparency Rating on GuideStar.org; and
3) Are involved in disaster relief efforts following the East Kern Earthquakes of July 4th and 5th, 2019; or
4) Have incurred earthquake damages that have compromised their ability to function and deliver services to the community at normal capacity.

To make emergency relief funding available as quickly as possible, the application period for this grant opportunity is brief: 12 a.m. Friday, August 16, through 5 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2019. The maximum award is $20,000. Visit our Available Grants page to get started: kernfoundation.org/grants. 

If you are unsure about any application prerequisites or have questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Director of Community Impact Louis Medina at 661.616.2603 or Louis@kernfoundation.org.

Kern Nonprofits: Prepare to Apply for Philanthropy on Tap 2020 by Reading our FAQ Document

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 “Guided Q & A” in a new format similar to a talk show beginning in 2020, and held in an informal setting with free drinks and hors d’oeuvres for the audience, Philanthropy on Tap showcases charitable organizations’ programs, leadership and needs to local business leaders and other members of the community. It is a great networking opportunity designed to raise the visibility of nonprofits, exposing them to potential donors, volunteers and advocates. It is part of Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative and helps to fulfill the Foundation’s Mission: “Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.”

Also beginning in 2020, we are switching to an every-other-month format for Philanthropy on Tap presentations. There will be a total of six events in Bakersfield, alternating between two popular venues on the first Tuesday of even-numbered months.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Philanthropy on Tap that can help nonprofits prepare for applying during the next application period of August 1 – 30, 2019, in order to be featured in 2020, click here.

 

American Red Cross Offers FAQ’s about East Kern Earthquake Relief & Earthquake Preparedness Tips in English and Spanish

Our friends from the Central Valley and Kern County Chapters of the American Red Cross have prepared some useful information about East Kern earthquake relief efforts in FAQ format, plus general earthquake safety information in English and Spanish. Please click on this link to access this life-saving information, including contact phone numbers, e-mail addresses and web resources from a number of community partners.

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