Announcing the Nonprofit Empowerment Center at Kern Community Foundation!

Kern Community Foundation is proud to present its new Nonprofit Empowerment Center, an online resource hub to help Kern County’s 501(c)(3) Charitable Organizations strengthen their Visibility, Capacity, Sustainability and Resiliency during our current challenging times.
We invite you to visit to explore a robust offering that includes:

  • Access to the Foundation Directory Online by Candid
  • A Toolkit for Nonprofit Strengthening
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Nonprofit Leadership Resources
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Information
  • A Nonprofit Strengthening Events Calendar that features exclusively a wide array of learning opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including trainings, webinars, workshops and more.

About Foundation Directory Online

For serious grant seekers and fundraising professionals seeking to strengthen their nonprofit organization, the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects by combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations. Included in the directory are profiles of more than 166,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, as well as profiles of more than 800,000 grant recipients and information on more than 16.8 million awarded grants.

FDO access through Kern Community Foundation’s website is FREE, but is reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are registered with KCF and are current on their GuideStar profile, having earned a seal of transparency at the Silver, Gold or Platinum level. Login access must be requested from KCF, which is now a member of Candid’s Funding Information Network.

Click here or on the Foundation Directory Online logo above to find out about FDO and request access.

Special Announcement No. 1: Nonprofits that have already been granted login credentials on to submit events for posting on our Community Events Calendar do not need to request separate FDO access. Simply use those same login credential to access FDO per the “click here” link above.

Special Announcement No. 2: While you are on the FDO access page of our website, be sure to read the announcement about two upcoming FREE webinars on how to use the Foundation Directory Online:
On March 3 at 11 a.m., and
On March 18 at 10 a.m. PERK: The March 18 webinar will be a live workshop customized especially for Kern County Nonprofits.

You will need to create a login account separately with Candid to attend these and other Candid Learning events, but it’s free.
Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place! We hope the Nonprofit Empowerment Center at Kern Community Foundation will help strengthen your endeavors.

Questions? Please contact

Scotty K. Gifting Project Grant Application for Kern Educational Institutions Open Thru March 1

GRANT ALERT! The application period for a Scotty K. Gifting Project Grant from the Scott Kirschenmann Family Foundation is now open through Noon on March 1.

Eligible applicants are Kern County educational institutions involved in the following areas:

  • Primary, secondary, and post-secondary education initiatives that create opportunities for our youth to succeed and pursue a better future.
  • Programs that provide relevant work experience and mentoring opportunities in the areas of agriculture and related industries to support the current Kern County workforce.
  • Agribusiness-related programs at all levels of education institutions.

These educational institutions will demonstrate a clear plan for the use of funds and will identify how said funds will benefit Kern County’s youth to persevere. Go to and click on “Grants and Scholars” to find out more and submit your application.

Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Program Grant Application Open Jan. 27 – Feb. 16!

Jumpstart is a Fundraising Technical Assistance Competitive Grant Opportunity offered to Kern County nonprofits. It is a partnership among Kern Community Foundation, Network for Good and the County of Kern. Through Jumpstart, a small cohort of Kern nonprofits benefits from the use of state-of-the-art fundraising tools and individualized coaching for a 12-month period at a greatly reduced tuition cost. Via this unique private-public partnership, we, as a community, are working to improve nonprofit sustainability one agency at a time.

The Jumpstart 2021 Grant Application Period is open from Noon Wednesday, Jan. 27 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Eligible nonprofits serving Kern County that are registered with Kern Community Foundation, have a minimum Silver Transparency Rating on, and have never participated in Jumpstart in the past will be able to apply.

Click here to access a Slide Presentation about Jumpstart 2021, including a description of the program, applicant qualifying criteria, and time/monetary investment expectations of potential grantees. The recording of our Jan. 27, 2021 Informational Webinar may be accessed by clicking on this link.

Go to our Available Grants page ( to apply online.

Questions? Please write to

Coming up Jan. 6: Growing Resiliency Nonprofit Strengthening Webinar Series Part 5: Eight Steps for Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors

In this Fifth Installment of our Growing Resiliency Virtual Training Series, presented in partnership with Candid, you will learn about how donor relationships are critical to fundraising success at all stages of the development cycle.

Workshop Description: You will explore eight steps successful fundraisers take to reach and surpass their goals. These steps represent proven techniques for connecting with donors, effectively communicating your cause and cultivating long-term relationships.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how selling your cause is a part of fundraising in the social sector;
  • Make the case for the value of donor relationships for fundraising success;
  • Assess your circles of influence to identify prospective new donors;
  • Draft a plan to improve relationships with your existing donors.

This training is ideal for:

  • Emerging to intermediate fundraisers
  • Advanced fundraising professionals who want to brush up on skills
  • Board members or prospective board members


To reserve your spot, RSVP to by Noon Jan. 5, at the latest. Your RSVP MUST include:

  1. Your Name
  2. Nonprofit Agency Affiliation
  3. Your Title
  4. Your E-mail


How to Attend

Maximum Capacity:

60 – First Come, First Served. Up to 2 representatives per agency may sign up to attend. A Zoom link will only be shared with those who RSVP per the instructions above.

Eligible Attendees:

Must be affiliated (staff, board member, volunteer) with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that a) serves Kern County, b) is registered with Kern Community Foundation, and c) has attained a minimum Silver Transparency Rating on

Expected Commitment:

Kern Community Foundation is providing this customized workshop at no cost to participants. However, once registered, failure to attend without prior written cancellation by Noon Monday, January 4 (as we understand emergencies do come up), will disqualify registrant from attending other subsidized workshops in this series.

Kern Community Foundation’s College Scholarship Application Period Opens Dec. 1

From December 1, 2020, through March 1, 2021, graduating Kern County high school seniors who have a 2.0 GPA or higher and are planning to attend a two-year college, four-year university or accredited technical school, are welcome to apply for a scholarship from Kern Community Foundation. For the 2021-22 academic year, our scholarships range from $500 to $3,000.

Please visit the Scholarships page of our website for more information and to apply.

Feel free to download our flyer and help us spread the word. Click on the image below to download.



2021 Community Giving Guide Hot Off the Presses

We are proud to introduce the 2021 Community Giving Guide from Kern Community Foundation, generously sponsored by The Aera Energy Fund and Bank of America.

The Guide was designed and printed in partnership with The Bakersfield Californian. It features 321 local nonprofit organizations that are registered with Kern Community Foundation–a 30% increase in listed nonprofits since the 246 featured in the last (2019) edition of the Guide. We make it easy for donors and volunteers to find their passion! Click here to download a copy.



Take a “Driven to Give” FREE Virtual Tour of a Lincoln on Dec. 4 to Support Give Big Kern 2021!

REGISTER TODAY to help Give Big Kern Sponsor Jim Burke Ford Lincoln raise money to support Kern Community Foundation’s GIVE BIG KERN 2021 efforts!

The “Driven to Give” virtual fun takes place on Friday, December 4, at 1 and 5 p.m. – choose whichever time works best with your schedule!

Sign up to take a “virtual tour” of a Lincoln vehicle.

How does it work?

Click on this link to register:

Once you register, make sure you mark your calendar and log in on time on December 4 to attend the “virtual test drive” event.

After taking the vehicle tour, fill out a post-vehicle-tour survey, and $25 will be donated to Kern Community Foundation by Lincoln Motor Company for every survey completed by a virtual attendee! The more money raised, the more the Foundation will have to give away as competitive prizes to hard-working Kern County nonprofits in next year’s Give Big Kern!

It takes just “30 Minutes of your time to Give Big!” in support of Kern County nonprofits.
Please join us. Register today!

Help us spread the word by sharing this information and the flyer below with your family, friends and networks.




Women’s and Girls’ Fund Announces 2020-21 Grant Cycle – Calls for LOI’s by Nov. 24!

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, a Leadership Initiative of Kern Community Foundation, announces its Grant Cycle for 2020-2021, which begins today, Tuesday, Nov. 10. Approximately $60,000 will be awarded in Spring 2021 to nonprofits delivering education and training programs/services to women or girls in Kern County. The Maximum Award is $25,000.

The application process begins with the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for funding by 5 p.m. Nov. 24.

We encourage applicants to do the following:

Grantees who received WGF grants in Spring of 2020 may not apply for WGF 2021 funding. Any previous awardees of WGF or other grants from the Foundation that have outstanding follow-up reports must complete those reports before they can apply for WGF funding. Agencies must also comply with Kern Community Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines, which include:

  • Being registered with Kern Community Foundation through the same Online Grants Platform that can be accessed via the hyperlink above; and
  • Having a Silver or higher transparency rating on, the world’s largest database on nonprofits.

About The Women’s and Girls’ Fund

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund was launched in 2005 as a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation. It is primarily a volunteer effort 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. Through grantmaking, members of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change. Fund members 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. Since its first grantmaking in 2008, The Women’s and Girls’ Fund has awarded 40 competitive grants, totaling $430,686, to nonprofits serving women and girls in Kern County.

About Kern Community Foundation

Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise with a powerfully simple mission: “Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.” For more than two decades, the Foundation has been in business to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations, and to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 170 charitable funds, with assets nearing $29 million, and has awarded close to $25 million in grants and scholarships, ranking in the top two-thirds of the 100 most active grantmakers, nationwide, since 2013.


Write to Louis Medina, Director of Community Impact, at

Coming Up Dec. 2: Growing Resiliency Nonprofit Strengthening Webinar Series Part 4: Your Board and Fundraising

In this Fourth Installment of our Nonprofit Strengthening Virtual Training Series, we feature a VIRTUAL LIVE WORKSHOP by Candid: “Your Board and Fundraising”!

Workshop Description: While engaging board members in fundraising is something that often proves challenging to many Executive Directors and Development Professionals, this hands-on workshop will help attendees learn:

  • The role of your board, including fundraising responsibilities;
  • Why some board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns;
  • Ways your board can participate in fundraising activities, including online fundraising;
  • Tips for strengthening your FUNDRAISING BOARD!

Materials will include such sample handouts as:

  • Board job description;
  • Board contract;
  • Board audit.

At the end of the training, attendees will have a better understanding of:

  • How build fundraising as an expectation/role/responsibility for existing and incoming board members;
  • How to help your board to fundraise;
  • How to better recruit and orient board members to your organization;
  • How to ensure 100% board participation in Kern County’s Online Day of Giving, Give Big Kern, which will take place Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

This training is ideal for Executive Directors, Development Directors, Board Members and Potential Board Members.

Meet the Trainers

Elizabeth Madjlesi, Program Manager – Northeast Candid

In addition to delivering training courses on nonprofit management and fundraising best practices, Elizabeth organizes special programs and networking events on topics related to philanthropy and the social sector. She has more than a decade of experience in education/ training, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit sector. She received her MA in Teaching from Belmont University and holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University.

Tracy Kaufman, Program Manager – Candid

Tracy is responsible for building Candid’s public and education programming, including stakeholder and networking events for New York City’s social sector at both professional and community-based levels, producing and moderating more than 40 public educational events each year. She is a Lead Instructor for Candid’s three-day Proposal Writing Boot Camp and teaches a popular workshop on Outcomes and Measurement. She also handles marketing and communications for Candid’s New York region. Tracy has been with Candid for 13 years. She has a BA from John Hopkins University. A frequent public speaker, Tracy has presented at numerous conferences and even the United Nations!

Date & Time: 9 a.m. to Noon Wednesday, Dec. 2


To reserve your spot, RSVP to by Noon Wednesday, Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), at the latest. Your RSVP MUST include:

  1. Your Name
  2. Nonprofit Agency Affiliation
  3. Your Title
  4. Your E-mail


How to Attend

Maximum Capacity:

60 – First Come, First Served. Maximum of 2 representatives per agency may sign up to attend AND FOR THIS WORKSHOP, WE RECOMMEND INCLUDING ONE STAFF AND ONE BOARD MEMBER WHENEVER POSSIBLE. A Zoom link will only be shared with those who RSVP per the instructions above.

Eligible Attendees:

Must be affiliated (staff, board member, volunteer) with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that a) serves Kern County, b) is registered with Kern Community Foundation, and c) has attained a minimum Silver Transparency Rating on

Expected Commitment:

Kern Community Foundation is providing this customized workshop at no cost to participants. However, once registered, failure to attend without prior written cancellation by Noon Monday, November 30 (as we understand emergencies do come up), will disqualify registrant from attending other subsidized workshops in this series.

Only the Best for Our Nonprofit Partners!

Here’s what some of your peers are saying about the previous Growing Resiliency workshop we offered in partnership with Candid, “Outcomes Thinking & Management”:

“I would like to say ‘Thank You’ for collaborating with Candid Learning in presenting an excellent webinar regarding SHIFTING THE FOCUS from activities TO IMPACT for grant writing and organizing our thoughts. It was amazing, enlightening and very informative. I’ve been writing grants now for five years and you can get in a rut or mode of writing the same thing over and over again, and after yesterday’s training, I’m so pumped–Knowing the ‘Why’ and presenting it in my proposals has me on a high! Last night all I could think of is the proposal I’m getting ready to write with excitement. So watch out, America, here I come!”

Lilly J. Parker, Executive Director, Bakersfield Senior Center

“Thank you to everyone who made this training available to the community! Thanks so much, Elizabeth and Tracy, for such an impactful training! I have learned about logic models many times and have experience creating them but this was honestly the best way that I have seen the subject presented. I really got a lot out of it and truly appreciated the opportunity to attend.”

Lauren Loza, Vice President of Community Engagement, PathPoint

“Thank you for reaching out and inviting us to the Zoom Training, which was very helpful. As a new Grant Writer, I found this to be a wonderful experience and am looking forward to gaining more knowledge and enhancing our relationship with Kern Community Foundation.”

Johanna Valencia, Administrative Assistant/Grant Writer, The Salvation Army Service Extension

So, what are you waiting for? RSVP today!

Questions? Likewise contact

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