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. 

We are currently accepting 2020 Judi McCarthy Women’s and Young Women’s Philanthropy Award nominations through February 15!

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.

Would you like to nominate a woman or a young woman in our community who demonstrates a philanthropic spirit through giving, volunteering, leading and inspiring others, thereby helping to make Kern County a better place for all? Click on the appropriate link below and fill out the fillable Word document. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Qualifying criteria and nominating instructions are on the forms. Awards will be presented at the annual luncheon of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund in mid-April. Questions?

2020 Judi McCarthy Women’s Philanthropy Award Nomination Form

2020 Judi McCarthy Young Women’s Philanthropy Award Nomination Form


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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 Follow us on Facebook @WGFKCF.

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