Initiatives

Our initiatives target specific areas within Kernís nonprofit sector where we have leverage. This leverage comes from several growing communities of donors who share philanthropic priorities and resources in an effort to create positive social change.

Nonprofit Sustainability

Through years of data collection, we have found that the sustainability of the nonprofits in our area is extremely fragile. In order to resolve this issue, we encourage the community to leave 5% of their estate to permanent endowments to benefit charitable organizations or causes important to them, to make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit.

College Access

Each year, about 10,000 students graduate from public high schools in Kern County and have the potential to enter into some form of higher education. While government grants can offset the costs of attending a higher education institution, there is still a gap of funding. The solution to this gap, with out filling it with loans and debt, is scholarships. Kern Community Foundation is making a difference for young people by awarding scholarships to local students from permanent endowments.

The Women's and Girls' Fund

A leadership initiative dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls in Kern County by mobilizing the power and passion of women working together.

Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund

A grantmaking initiative that supports conservation projects in the Upper Kern River Basin.

Past Initiatives

KernArts Now!

A grantmaking initiative focused on building the capacity of Kernís nonprofit sector with grants that improve the operations and sustainability of local arts and culture organizations.

KernHealth Now!

A grantmaking initiative focused on building the capacity of Kernís nonprofit sector with grants that improve the operations and sustainability of local nonprofit health organizations and/or programs in Kern County. This initiative specifically targets projects that provide direct health services to low-income and underserved residents of rural Kern County.