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.


Grantmaking

Through grantmaking, members of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change. We rely on community research, data, and the participation of community members to identify an area of focus each year. Issues of focus can range from women’s and girls’ health and economic concerns to safety and domestic violence, education, and more. We value social change grantmaking that focuses on long-term solutions to societal problems facing women and girls in all parts of Kern County.

We are delighted to again be working with Mount St. Mary’s University on the 5-year update of the 2020 Status of Women and Girls in Kern County Report. The information from the update will be used by the Founders and Advocates to select the competitive grant focus area for the next five years (2021 – 2025.) We anticipate report completion by September 2020.

Read about our past grants and grantees below.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund Past Grantees/Funded Projects.


Grow Our Giving: A Call to Action!

A strong endowment will ensure that The Women’s and Girls’ Fund will make an impact in Kern County in perpetuity. Your gift to The Women’s and Girls’ Fund is combined with hundreds of others and is carefully invested to achieve long term growth.

Looking forward, we increase community impact if we GROW OUR GIVING, our new fundraising call to action.

The principles of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund are that: Women Educate, Women Endow, and Women Empower….with the foundational belief that we transform the lives of women and girls in Kern County by mobilizing the power and passion of women working together. When our endowment grows, our giving grows and creates larger, more impactful grants that provide opportunities to directly affect some of the root causes impacting women and girls, thereby creating lasting and sustainable change within our community for generations to come.


Ready to get involved?

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 at The Women’s and Girls’ Fund at Kern Community Foundation (Facebook.com/WGFKCF).