The Women’s and Girls’ Fund is primarily a volunteer effort supported by Kern Community Foundation and guided by the leadership of the Vision Committee and Community Advisors. The assets of the Fund are professionally managed and invested by Kern Community Foundation, which also provides oversight of Fund grant decisions.

WE will transform the lives of women and girls in Kern County by mobilizing the power and passion of women working together.
• Women Educate to create awareness of women’s and girls’ needs unmet by current strategies.
• Women Endow a permanent fund whose annual yield supports programs benefitting women and girls throughout Kern County.
• Women Empower one another and our girls to become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change.


2020 Grant Cycle

Kern County Nonprofits: Please refer to our Grantmaking page for information on funding criteria and deadlines if you are intending to apply for funding from the Women’s and Girls’ Fund. The 2019-20 Grant Cycle officially opens Monday, September 9, 2019. Click here to access our Online Grants Platform and submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for grant funding. 


2019 Judi McCarthy Women’s Philanthropy Award Winners

Since 2008, The Women’s and Girls’ Fund at Kern Community Foundation has honored outstanding women and girls with a proven record of exceptional generosity and demonstrated commitment to the needs of their community. In 2015, the award was renamed for the founding chair of the Vision Committee, Judi McCarthy, in honor of her dedication to, and generous support for, The Women’s and Girls’ Fund since 2003.

This year’s Awardees are:

Women’s Philanthropy Award Winner – Dee Slade, African-American Network of Kern County

Young Women’s Philanthropy Award Winner – Stephanie Santiago, Delano High School Graduating Senior

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Donations of all sizes help sustain the Women’s and Girls’ Fund and transform the lives of women and girls in Kern County. Donors of $1,000 or more are Advocates, whom we invite to participate in our grantmaking work.

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Get started and donate online now. Donations may be made by personal or business check or by credit card (transaction fee applied). For more information, or if you have any questions, please write to us at WGF@kernfoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook @WGFKCF.

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