Webinar: Starting a Nonprofit in California

Thinking about starting a nonprofit? California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is offering a jam-packed, fast paced webinar that includes:

– Step-by-step legal instructions
– FAQ on bylaws and articles of incorporation
– Common ways of finding your first money
– Types of nonprofits (making sure you choose the right one)
– Getting started before your tax-exemption is approved

The Thursday, July 11, Webinar starts at 11 a.m. and will be led by Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. She has worked with dozens of new efforts as they have formalized their organizations as California nonprofits. She is also a published author and an eight-time designee as one of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector nationwide.

All registrants will get the slides and recording after the webinar.

The webinar is FREE for CalNonprofit Members / $10 for Non-Members

Click on this link to go to the CalNonprofits home page. Then, find the registration link under “Our Upcoming Events.”

Save the Dates for 2019-20 Kern Alliance of Nonprofits Training Workshops

Save These Dates!

The flyer at left has the dates of the 2019-20 Training Workshops to be offered by the Kern Alliance of Nonprofits (KAN). Please note that you cannot register for these FREE workshops yet on eventbrite. Separate announcements will be made closer to each workshop date, with information on how to register. In the meantime, please continue to monitor the KAN Facebook page (@kernallianceofnonprofits), the Kern Community Foundation Facebook page (@kernfoundation), and the KAN Events calendar for the latest information. For now, just mark your calendars.

Give Big Kern Report to the Community – 2019: The Year B-i-i-i-g Dreams Came True!

Celebrate with Kern Community Foundation our BIGGEST Give Big Kern Online Day of Giving to date by reading our latest Give Big Kern Report to the Community – 2019: The Year B-i-i-i-g Dreams Came True!”

Click on either the hyperlink above or the photo at left to access a downloadable copy.

In it you will find an analysis of this year’s accomplishments, the reasons for our runaway success, a listing of competitive and opportunity drawing prize winners, a map showing how Give Big Kern lit up the globe with giving (Gracias! Merci! Obrigado! Shukraan Lakum! Dankie!), quotes from grateful participating nonprofits, trends in social media and online giving, an acknowledgment of our sponsors, what’s coming up next year, and more!

Please share it with others–especially nonprofits. Also, save the date for next year’s Give Big Kern, when, festively, Kern’s Online Day of Giving falls on Cinco de Mayo (May 5)!

And as our Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, likes to say, “Happy r-e-e-e-a-a-d-i-n-g!”

(For more information on Give Big Kern, please visit


Grant Opportunity for Kern Nonprofits Serving K-12 Education, Health & Wellness, and the Arts

The AEG Community Foundation is involved in charitable giving across the country, especially in communities where it does business. AEG manages the Rabobank Arena and is therefore interested in awarding grants in Bakersfield/Kern.

There are two grant cycles:

– Cycle 1 is currently open from February 1 through March 30, 2019.

– Cycle 2 will be open in the fall from September 1 through October 31, 2019.

Click here to access more information and the link to the AEG Community Foundation Grant Application. 


Registration for Give Big Kern Mandatory Webinar, Workshops, Now Open!

Attention Kern County Nonprofits!

Register early to participate in the Fourth Annual Give Big Kern:
“One day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County!” Coming up May 7, 2019.

More than a one-day online fundraiser, Give Big Kern is a Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative. Starting in January, participating nonprofits are afforded many opportunities to increase their Visibility, Capacity and Sustainability through a series of mandatory and optional Give Big Kern training webinars, workshops, online videos and other training aids, special outreach events, media opportunities and more.

The theme for this year’s Give Big Kern is “Dream B-i-i-i-g!” as our Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, might say. The mission of Kern Community Foundation is “Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.” By getting the entire community to rally around our local charities, Give Big Kern helps us do both.
Let’s come together as a community to make wonderful dreams come true for Kern’s hard-working nonprofits!

How to Participate

It all begins with:
a) Give Big Kern registration (Opens at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8), and
b) Attendance at two mandatory training events: a Webinar* and an In-Person Workshop early in the New Year.
Other mandatory and optional events will be announced at the January In-Person Workshop, so you must register from the start.

The button below will take you to the portal for “January Training Registration for Give Big Kern 2019.” You will be able to register for the Webinar* and one of the available In-Person Workshops at a time and location that is convenient for you (See “Important Dates” below).

Register Now!
*Please note that registering for the Webinar is a two-step process:
1) You need to tell us on the registration form using the appropriate radio button whether you will be participating in the Webinar in real time or watching a recording, and
2) If you choose the option for participating in real time, you need to use the hyperlink to register for the Webinar; a Webinar registration form will open up in a new tab. Register for the Webinar, close that tab, and you can then go back to the January Registration Form to choose an In-Person Workshop that works for you. Your registration to both the Webinar and the In-Person Workshop of your choice will be confirmed in separate e-mails.

Important dates:

1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8: Nonprofit Registration opens on Give Big Kern is FREE to any nonprofit organization registered with Kern Community Foundation that can demonstrate it has been granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS and has achieved a Silver or higher rating on Click here for more information.

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9: “Getting Started” Webinar by technology partner GiveGab. We strongly recommend that you participate in the webinar live, but if you can’t, a recording of it will be posted online within 24 hours.

Jan. 11 or 16 or 17 – Four In-Person Workshops will be held in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest and Kernville at different times for nonprofits to choose from. You need only attend one. Times and locations will be shown on the registration form.

Important Prerequisites: In order to be able to participate in Give Big Kern, organizations must: a) Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, or a Fiscal Sponsor that has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status; b) Be registered with Kern Community Foundation; and c) Have a Silver or higher Transparency rating on (Go to for details). 

Questions? Contact Louis Medina at or 661.616.2603.

KAN Strength is Visibility Aug/Sept 2018 Video Segments on KGET

Learn about the following Kern County nonprofits by watching their recent Strength is Visibility appearances on KGET:

All 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving Kern County that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply for this Strength is Visibility grant opportunity to be featured on the local KGET morning news:

  1. Must be registered with Kern Community Foundation
  2. Must have achieved a Silver or higher level of transparency on

For details, visit, or contact the Foundation’s Manager of Community Impact and KAN Communications Committee Chair Louis Medina at or 661.616.2603.

California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness

United Way of Kern County, The Income Property Association of Kern, and The Housing Authority of the County of Kern, in association with the California Apartment Association (CAA), present the first annual California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness. This FREE event will feature expert panels and speakers including CAA Senior Vice President Greg Terzakis.

The Landlords’ Summit is designed as an opportunity to bring awareness and information to landlords, property managers, government officials, and members of the public on various housing and social service programs that are available to help families, individuals, and veterans who are homeless. Participating landlords will share their first-hand involvement in providing housing units to previously homeless tenants. A number of community service providers and agencies will offer information on landlord opportunities, collaborative support, social services, Section 8 and VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) payments for lease rent and deposits, management and maintenance of housing units, and other housing-related issues.

While this is a free event, you must register to enter by calling Jami 661-633-0340 or via Seating is limited and you MUST have a ticket to attend. For more information or if you would like to be a vendor please e-mail

Kern Community Foundation