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Kern Community Foundation Seeks President and CEO

Kern Community Foundation is committed to Growing Community, Growing Philanthropy in Kern County and seeks a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, including government, nonprofit and private sector leadership.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who pursues, cultivates, and enjoys building and maintaining strong and authentic relationships. His or her career should be noted by his or her ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant leadership style. The ability to communicate exceptionally in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position.

Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation or other philanthropic institution is desirable, though not required. However, an understanding of the community foundation organizational and financial model is expected. Leading, growing, and empowering the staff and a dedicated, committed board are needed skills.  Energy, natural optimism, and the ability to be a good listener and a quick learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and humility are also valued.

The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in understanding the cultural and historical dynamics of a community, while connecting with and understanding people of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, and cultural backgrounds and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. Integrity, critical inquiry, and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. 

Find more information about this opportunity and the full job description here.

Applicants, please submit, no later than July 28th, the following to Jeff Gutierrez, Chair at CEOSearch@kernfoundation.org

  • A cover letter with responses to the following questions/statements:
    1. What is your vision for Kern Community Foundation?
    2. Briefly describe your financial background.
    3. What is Kern Community Foundation’s role in Kern County?
  • Resume

Hot off the Press: Give Big Kern 2021 Report to the Community!

Following another record-breaking year for Give Big Kern, Kern Community Foundation would like to share with our partners and supporters the Give Big Kern 2021 Report to the Community, which includes:

  • Our Giving Day results,
  • Feedback from donors and nonprofit partners, and
  • A look ahead to next year’s Give Big Kern.

Click on the hyperlink above, or on the image to access it. Happy reading and…Save the date: Our next Give Big Kern will be May 3, 2022! Till then–Give B-i-i-i-g!

Kern Community Foundation Seeks Director of Community Impact

Kern Community Foundation, whose mission is “Growing community. Growing philanthropy.” is seeking a Director of Community Impact to manage and develop the Foundation’s Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative, which aims to increase the Visibility, Capacity and Sustainability of Kern’s nonprofit sector through special programs, community engagement, collaboration and networking, grantmaking, marketing/communication efforts and donor relations. This is a full-time, exempt position with competitive benefits. Find the full job description here. Applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to Kristen Beall Watson, President and CEO, at kristen@kernfoundation.org.  

Kern Valley Sun a Great Regional Media Partner in this Year’s Give Big Kern Effort!

If Kern Community Foundation (KCF) had taken out a full-page ad in each of the four April issues of the Kern Valley Sun to promote the nonprofits participating in this year’s Give Big Kern on May 4th, each ad would have cost us $844.20 at the Sun’s discounted nonprofit rate, for a total bill of $3,377!

However, thanks to their in-kind contribution, we got almost a full page each week in April to highlight three nonprofits each time, who told impactful stories about the work they do and detailed their fundraising needs in their own words. At 75% of the total advertising price, the Kern Valley Sun’s in-kind contribution to this year’s Give Big Kern effort is valued at $2,533!

But it is worth MUCH more than that, because you really can’t put a price on important community connections made by our hard-working nonprofits with potential clients, supporters, volunteers and donors who are readers or subscribers to the Sun. What’s more, some Bakersfield-based nonprofits wanting to extend their service footprint to the Kern River Valley area specifically chose to submit stories for publication in the Sun to make themselves better known among its readers. 

Such a tremendous contribution on the part of the Kern Valley Sun was crucial to the success of this year’s Give Big Kern, which broke the $800,000 fundraising ceiling for the first time. All 129 participating nonprofits from all corners of Kern County received donations.

Indeed, the Kern Valley Sun’s generosity shines most brightly! Thank you!

Click on the image (or on this link) to view the entire series.

El Popular News’ In-Kind Contribution to Give Big Kern, valued at $6,300, ‘Es Muy G-r-a-a-a-n-d-e!’

If Kern Community Foundation (KCF) had taken out a full-page ad in each of the four April issues of El Popular News to promote the nonprofits participating in this year’s Give Big Kern on May 4th, each ad would have cost us $1,575, for a total bill of $6,300! However, thanks to the partnership we enjoy with the El Popular, a total of 12 nonprofits, including KCF, submitted stories, photos and logos that were handsomely laid out in four full pages devoted to Give Big Kern, one per weekly issue during all of April. This gave Give Big Kern participating nonprofits much visibility in the Hispanic community, and helped raise awareness of our increasingly popular Giving Day – en español! Such a tremendous contribution on the part of El Popular News was crucial to the success of this year’s Give Big Kern, which broke the $800,000 ceiling for the first time. All 129 participating nonprofits received donations. We thank El Popular News for being a year-over-year Media Sponsor whose generous in-kind contributions–which we could not afford otherwise–help raise community awareness of Give Big Kern participating nonprofits’ fundraising needs and grow philanthropy among Kern’s Spanish-speaking community. As Give Big Kern’s Bilingual Mascot Billy the Give Big Goat might say, “That’s an excellent way to Give B-i-i-i-g!” (“¡Es una excelente manera de Dar en G-r-a-a-a-n-d-e!”) Click on the image (or on this link) to view the entire series.  

Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central CA and Northern NV Seeks Regional Director for Kern County

Make-A-Wish, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, is seeking a Regional Director for Kern County. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Vice-President of Philanthropy for Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada (wish.org/canv). Find the full job description here. Applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to Jonathan Thornton, VP of Philanthropy, at Jthornton@necannv.wish.org.

Bakersfield News Observer In-Kind Contribution to Give Big Kern Worth Upwards of $12K!

If Kern Community Foundation (KCF) had taken out a full-page ad in each of the four April issues of the Bakersfield News Observer (BNO) to promote the nonprofits participating in this year’s Give Big Kern on May 4th, each ad would have cost us $3,020, for a total bill of $12,080!

However, thanks to the partnership we enjoy with the BNO, a total of 16 nonprofits, including KCF, submitted stories, photos and logos that were handsomely laid out in four full pages devoted to Give Big Kern, one per weekly issue during all of April. This gave Give Big Kern participating nonprofits much visibility in the community, and helped raise awareness of our increasingly popular Giving Day.

Such a tremendous contribution on the part of the BNO was crucial to the success of this year’s Give Big Kern, which broke the $800,000 ceiling, and also had an individual agency raise upwards of $100,000 for the first time in our Giving Day’s history. That agency is Bakersfield Angels, which provides services to foster children and families, and whose article was featured in the BNO issue of April 21st.

We thank the Bakersfield News Observer for being a year-over-year Media Sponsor whose generous in-kind contributions–which we could not afford otherwise–help raise community awareness of Give Big Kern participating nonprofits’ fundraising needs.

That’s an in-kind way of Growing Community, Growing Philanthropy and, as Give Big Kern Mascot Billy the Give Big Goat might say, “A great way to Give B-i-i-i-g!”

Click on the image above (or on this link) to view the entire series. 

The Spring Issue of ‘Billy’s Give B-I-I-I-G! Gazette’ is Hot Off the Press and Full of Give Big Kern N-e-e-e-w-s!

Give Big Kern Mascot Billy the Give Big Goat put on his Editor-In-Chief visor and sleeve protectors like the newspaper publishers of old, and has just come out with the latest issue of “Billy’s Give B-I-I-I-G! Gazette” his e-newsletter that is full of Give Big Kern news! The Spring 2021 issue is hot off the press, just short of two weeks from when GiveBigKern.org will go LIVE to start receiving donations and volunteer pledges to benefit Kern County’s hard-working nonprofits. Here’s the news: Beginning Sunday, April 4 (Easter Sunday!), anyone can make a minimum $5 donation or pledge volunteer hours to any one of 130 participating local nonprofits through GiveBigKern.org. That’s our tradition: Give Big Kern goes LIVE a month out from the B-I-I-I-G Day, which this year is May 4 – always the first Tuesday in May. This creates a buildup of excitement, and, as Billy likes to say, “Culminates in a f-r-e-e-e-n-z-y of giving on Give Big Kern D-a-a-a-y!” There’s so much to get excited about! Please click on the image (or on this link) to access the gazette, which is full of ideas on how YOU can help support your favorite nonprofit(s) by getting involved with them through fun promotions and activities – or better yet, by simply GIVING to them monetarily or in kind. Happy reading!

2021 Waterman Foundation Rotary Club of Bakersfield Capital Grant Application Period Open Now Thru April 30!

The Waterman Foundation (Foundation) was established by the Bakersfield Downtown Rotary Club in 1984 to provide scholarships to local students and grants for capital projects supporting local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees governs the activities of the Foundation and is comprised of members of the Downtown Bakersfield Rotary Club. For the 2020-2021 Capital Grant Program, The Waterman Foundation will award a total of $30,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. Grants will be awarded only for capital projects and not for such items as operating expenses. Capital projects, for purposes of this grant, are defined as improvements to buildings or land, purchases of equipment, or upgrades to facilities. Grants will be awarded no later than May 31, 2021.

Some important information concerning this grant opportunity:

  1. The application must be sponsored by a member of Bakersfield Downtown Rotary Club. Applicants are required to provide the Club member’s name and contact information in the application.
  2. The Waterman Foundation only awards grants for one calendar year, and there will ordinarily be an interceding year before an agency may be funded two years consecutively.
  3. An agency may submit only one grant application per funding round. Applications from multiple programs within the same agency will not be considered.
  4. An agency must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, be registered with Kern Community Foundation and have a minimum Silver rating on GuideStar.org.
  5. The dollar amount to be distributed will be determined each funding year by the Waterman Foundation’s Board of Trustees, including whether only a single large grant will be made to one agency, or a number of smaller grants made to more than one agency.
  6. Grant applications must meet at least one of the “Areas of Community Need” listed below.
  7. Grant requests must be for capital items and not operating expenses. Capital items, for the purpose of this grant, are defined as improvements to buildings or land, purchases of equipment, or upgrades to facilities.
  8. The grant application must address each question in the application or it will not be considered for funding.
  9. Likewise, all required documents must be attached to the application, or it will not be considered for funding.
  10. A Final Report must be submitted by the applicant through Kern Community Foundation’s Online Grants Platform for the Rotary Club Waterman Foundation review no later than twelve months following the grant award. Failure to submit a Final Report could impact future grant requests.
  11. A media advisory by the organization announcing their receipt of a Rotary Club Waterman Foundation Grant, or an article in the awardee’s organization newsletter is encouraged to continue to raise awareness of this grant opportunity in the local community. Any such release should mention the grantor as the “Rotary Club of Bakersfield.”

Areas of Community Need

Your proposal should demonstrate how your proposed project meets one or more of the following identified community needs:

  • Health and human services for the uninsured and under-insured
  • Transportation
  • Child care and development
  • Availability of health and related services
  • Jobs and training
  • Programs and services for seniors
  • Mental health services
  • Programs and services for youth
  • Affordable housing
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Dental care
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Respiratory problems
  • Communicable diseases
  • Childhood obesity
  • Education
  • Homeless

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees will decide which organization(s) will be awarded funds, and in what amount(s). The criteria for selecting recipients include the following:

  • The degree to which the project will meet the needs of our community.
  • Thoroughness in completing the application
  • Are all required attachments included with the application?
  • Has the applicant fully followed the directions contained in the application?

Deadline

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, Thursday, April 30, 2021. Kern Community Foundation is facilitating online submission of this application. Apply Online Questions? Please write to info@kernfoundation.org.

Community Events

  1. Philanthropy on Tap – Covenant Community Services

    August 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Ready-Set Back 2 School Health & Wellness Fair

    August 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm