California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness

United Way of Kern County, The Income Property Association of Kern, and The Housing Authority of the County of Kern, in association with the California Apartment Association (CAA), present the first annual California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness. This FREE event will feature expert panels and speakers including CAA Senior Vice President Greg Terzakis.

The Landlords’ Summit is designed as an opportunity to bring awareness and information to landlords, property managers, government officials, and members of the public on various housing and social service programs that are available to help families, individuals, and veterans who are homeless. Participating landlords will share their first-hand involvement in providing housing units to previously homeless tenants. A number of community service providers and agencies will offer information on landlord opportunities, collaborative support, social services, Section 8 and VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) payments for lease rent and deposits, management and maintenance of housing units, and other housing-related issues.

While this is a free event, you must register to enter by calling Jami 661-633-0340 or via Seating is limited and you MUST have a ticket to attend. For more information or if you would like to be a vendor please e-mail

US Census Bureau Recruiting Event in Bakersfield Oct 3

The 2020 Census will be upon us before we know it. Make Kern Count: Local Census workers are needed because to count Kern, you have to know Kern!

Tell your friends and networks about a U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census Recruiting Event that is happening in Bakersfield on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m till Noon at IBEW Local 428, 3921 Sillect Ave. Click here to view flyer.

If you miss(ed) the recruiting event above, no worries. For local Census jobs, visit for manager-level employment, and for office support and field positions.


American Red Cross Seeks Disaster Preparedness Workers for Outreach to Latino and Indigenous Communities

The American Red Cross of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Kern Counties are looking for qualified applicants to join the California Disaster Team AmeriCorps and be part of LISTOS, a free program that teaches emergency preparedness to elementary schools in Latino and indigenous communities. Written and oral fluency in Spanish is required. Click here to view and download an English-Spanish bilingual flier.

Some highlights about this position:

  • 30-hour-per-week workload, from Oct. 2018 through Aug. 2019.
  • Child care supplementary scholarship is available if applicable.
  • The position comes with an educational grant of $4,144 can be applied toward student loans or future school fees.

Please refer to contact details and application information on the flyer for additional details.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund Announces 2019 Grant Cycle

The 2018-19 Women’s and Girls’ Fund Grant Application Cycle Opened Monday, Sept. 10, with a request for Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for funding for projects that benefit women and girls in Kern County. The LOI submission deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Organizations interested in applying should have their 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation or a fiscal sponsor meeting that criteria. They also should have a presence in Kern County. After the LOI’s are reviewed, a number of applicants will be invited to submit full applications by Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Access our “Grantmaking” page to obtain information about WGF’s grantmaking policy, including funding criteria and applicant qualifications, and a link to Kern Community Foundation’s Online Grants Platform, where the application can be found. Up to $50,000 in grant allocations will be awarded, with the maximum individual award amount being $25,000.

Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant Application Now Open through Oct. 31

Offered as a true private-public partnership among Kern Community Foundation, Network for Good, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors,“Jumpstart” is a competitive grant that in its roll-out year, 2019, will allow up to five Kern County nonprofits–one per each County Supervisorial District–the opportunity to receive 12 months of technical assistance training and easy-to-use all-in-one software from fundraising technology and training giant Network for Good.

Agencies that are registered with Kern Community Foundation and can confirm they have a Silver or higher transparency rating on are eligible to apply. Please click on this link to get started.

Questions? Write to or call 661.616.2603.

“Jumpstart” Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant – Informational Town Hall Meeting Coming up Sept. 6!

  • Did you ever wonder what it takes for a nonprofit to do fundraising effectively?
  • Does your nonprofit have a well-fleshed-out development plan or do you find yourself racing from grant to grant and fundraiser to fundraiser just to try to remain sustainable?
  • Are you actively engaging your board members in fundraising for your agency?
  • Are you using data effectively to set fundraising goals?
  • If someone challenged you to secure 10 new donors through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, could you do it?
  • How about getting 20% of your current donors to increase their giving?

If some or all of these questions challenge or concern you, come and learn about a competitive technical assistance grant opportunity called “Jumpstart,” that could revolutionize the way your agency does fundraising.

Offered as a true private-public partnership among Kern Community Foundation, Network for Good, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors, “Jumpstart” is a competitive grant that in its roll-out year will allow up to five Kern County nonprofits–one per each Supervisorial District–the opportunity to receive 12 months of technical assistance training and easy-to-use all-in-one software from fundraising technology and training giant Network for Good.

A Town Hall style informational meeting will take place Thursday morning, Sept. 6, starting at 9 a.m. at the Larry E. Reider Education Center in Downtown Bakersfield. A downloadable electronic flyer with details, including RSVP link, may be found here. Sign up now as space is limited.
RSVPs will be accepted through Noon on Thursday, August 30.
– To accommodate as many agencies as possible, we are limiting registration to 2 representatives per agency. (Agencies that participated in Give Big Kern are encouraged to attend.)
– Questions? Contact Manager of Community Impact Louis Medina at (661) 616-2603 or 


Philanthropy On Tap – Application Season is Coming Aug. 2 – 31!

Philanthropy on Tap is a competitive “visibility grant” opportunity that Kern Community Foundation offers to Kern County nonprofits in partnership with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Designed as a Speaker Series held at an informal setting over free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, Philanthropy on Tap showcases charitable organizations’ programs, leadership, and needs to local working professionals affiliated with the Chamber, as well as other community members who are interested in giving back by engaging with local nonprofits. It is a great networking opportunity designed to raise the visibility of nonprofits, exposing them to potential donors, volunteers and advocates. It also helps fulfill the mission of Kern Community Foundation: “Growing community. Growing philanthropy.”

Philanthropy on Tap is open to Kern County 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits that are registered with Kern Community Foundation and have a Silver or higher transparency rating on

Use this link to access our Philanthropy on Tap 2019 FAQ document, which should answer most questions for agencies wanting to apply. The application season will be from Noon August 2 to 5 p.m. August 31, 2018, through our Online Grants Platform, which may be accessed by going to For any additional questions, please contact

Give Big Kern 2018 Report to the Community

The month of May may be behind us, but at Kern Community Foundation we never stop talking about our biggest celebration of philanthropy, Give Big Kern, which this year took place on May 1 and turned out to be Kern’s BIGGEST Giving Day yet.

Please use this link to access our Give Big Kern 2018 Report to the Community, which is hot off the presses and contains a narrative of highlights from this year’s event, lots of useful data, photos, donor remarks, testimonials from nonprofit participants, an acknowledgment of our many wonderful sponsors, and some “looking forward” comments. A number of our participants will find themselves mentioned in this report, and we thank everyone who contributed to it and our Giving Day.

Note: Kern Community Foundation’s preparations for Give Big Kern 2019 officially begin in less than two weeks, when we will participate in a two-day Giving Day Leaders Forum hosted by technology partner GiveGab. We will be learning together with more than two dozen other Giving Day leaders from across the nation in the hope of making Give Big Kern 2019–on Kern Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Year–an even more fun and engaging experience for donors and participating nonprofits.

As you enjoy reading about this year’s Give Big Kern, be sure to also mark your calendars:

May 7, 2019, is our next “One day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County!”

And you’re all invited to the celebration!


$600,000 Wonderful Dollars to Help Grow a Beautiful World

Kern Community Foundation is helping The Wonderful Company get the word out about an opportunity for Kern County nonprofits to apply for grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to serve the communities of Wasco, Delano and McFarland during 2019, primarily in the areas of:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Community Beautification
  • Supporting families

However, Wonderful Community Grants will support “game-changing work across all program areas.”

Successful applications will demonstrate community need, and yield tangible and visible results. Funds are available for program development/expansion, innovation, technology and equipment. Full details may be found here.

The application period opens August 1, and the following information sessions in Kern will be offered as follows to help applicants prepare:

Delano/McFarland Information Session
July 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
Delano Regional Medical Center
The Scarlet Oak Conference Room
1401 Garces Hwy.
Delano, CA 93215

Wasco Information Session
August 1, 7:00-9:00 am
The Old Courthouse
810 8th St.
Wasco, CA 93280

Community Events

  1. FIELD: Cesar Chavez 7th Annual Legacy Breakfast

    March 31 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Special Olympics Kern County Basketball Tournament

    April 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm