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Jumpstart Program-to-Date Report to the Community

At the upcoming August 18 meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, Kern Community Foundation will present our Program-to-Date Jumpstart Report to the Community, highlighting the tremendous success of Year One of this Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant (representing a TENFOLD increase in the Supervisors’ investment in local nonprofits–$11,000 turned into $118,978 of new nonprofit impact dollars from individual donors for participating agencies!) and the Progress of Year Two, which is well underway.

As our County Supervisors are Funding Partners in this Public-Private Partnership, together with the Foundation and Network for Good (NFG), they deserve to know that Kern County’s dollars are making a big difference in the fundraising health of Jumpstart participants.

There are plenty of data about Year One Cohort accomplishments as well as testimonials from them and Year Two Cohort participants in the report, as well as invaluable insights from our NFG partners.

Click on the graphic at left or here to read the full report, which is also included as part of the agenda for next week’s Board of Supervisors Meeting.

Wonderful Community Grants Announces $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funding

The Wonderful Company, through its Wonderful Community Grants Program, is aiming to support Central Valley organizations that have been impacted by the Coronavirus. One million dollars in grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for one-year grants, and up to $100,000 for a maximum of four two-year grants, will be awarded to nonprofits serving half a dozen rural communities. In Kern County, those communities are Shafter, Wasco and Delano.

Details and a link to the online application (which is due August 31) may be found here.

Philanthropy on Tap Events for 2020 Postponed Till 2021 – Not Accepting Applications Till Next Year

As “shelter in place” directives went into effect in mid-March, we have only been able to host one Philanthropy on Tap event this year, in February, featuring Junior League of Bakersfield.

The remaining events, featuring the following agencies, have been pushed back till 2021:

  • Southern Sierra Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Covenant Community Services
  • PathPoint
  • Helping Animals Live Tomorrow (H.A.L.T.) Rescue
  • Strength of Shadow (S.O.S.) Dog Rescue
  • Bakersfield Pregnancy Center
  • Be Finally Free

Due to the postponement of most 2020 Philanthropy on Tap events till 2021, the Foundation will not be accepting Philanthropy on Tap Visibility Grant applications this year. The application period usually lasts through the entire month of August.

We will most likely (barring a worsening of the current crisis) open up the Application for 2022 Philanthropy on Tap Nonprofit Showcase events in the summer of 2021. We ask for your understanding, knowing that we have taken these measures with the best interest of everyone’s safety and well-being in mind, and look forward to the day when we can once again lift our glasses in a toast to the great work of Kern County’s hard-working nonprofits.

Please continue to monitor announcements about Philanthropy on Tap and all other programs and services available through Kern Community Foundation on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds @kernfoundation. For more information, feel free to reach out to Louis Medina, Director of Community Impact, at 661.616.2603 or Louis@kernfoundation.org.

 

#CaliforniansForAll Initiative Seeks AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Help Food Banks/Other Nonprofits

Are you a passionate problem solver ready to step up and meet the moment through a year of service?

As part of the #CaliforniansForAll initiative, California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, is recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA members to strengthen the volunteer infrastructure of partnering organizations, including food banks and other nonprofits.

Follow this link for more info about this opportunity.

New Web Portal, grants.ca.gov, Aims to Help Nonprofits Find State Grants

The State of California has launched a consolidated grant portal, grants.ca.gov, designed for nonprofits and local government agencies seeking grants and loans from state sources. The site was built by the California State Library with input from numerous stakeholders.

This is a new website that is still evolving, but it is definitely a wonderful grant research tool for our nonprofits. Kern Community Foundation encourages our nonprofit partners to check it out, especially the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section for starters.

We have also linked to it from our website: kernfoundation.org > KAN > Nonprofit Resources. Or just click here.

Happy searching for funding!

Nonprofits – Looking to Diversify Your Funding During the COVID Crisis? Think ‘Crop Gift’!

Are there any Kern County charitable organizations out there with grower friends in our county’s large and influential ag community?

Consider reaching out to them with information about Kern Community Foundation’s Crop Gifting Program: a way for farmers to turn their crops into cash for charity – perhaps to benefit your organization!

Especially during our challenging COVID-19 times, when agencies are desperately looking for new funding streams, a Crop Gift could be a game changer. Crop Gifting provides an innovative financial vehicle whereby growers enjoy a considerable tax break while creating long-lasting community impact by helping local charities. It’s a great way for farmers to “grow philanthropy” by doing what they do best: growing crops!

Here’s how Crop Gifting to charity through
Kern Community Foundation works:

  • You introduce the program to a grower who believes in your organization’s work and mission. You can use the letter template and our downloadable pamphlet which you can access per the links below. And Kern Community Foundation’s Staff will be available to answer any questions you or your benefactor-grower might have.
  • The grower then identifies an unsold crop with no prior sale commitment and contacts Kern Community Foundation.
  • They transfer title of the identified crop to the Foundation, which will assume responsibility of their gifted crop through final sale via a broker.
  • Net proceeds from the sale will be placed into a fund. This can be a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) used to manage the grower’s charitable donations. They get to direct the investment of the fund, receive quarterly statements, and can specify charities where their gift(s) will be donated—and, naturally, with your introduction, we expect they will choose to benefit your agency through their crop gift.
  • The Foundation will assess a one-time fee of 0.5% per crop gift in addition to its regular fee schedule of 0.5% to 2% annually, depending on the balance and use of the fund.
  • They achieve significant tax savings by making a pre-sale crop gift (as opposed to selling their crop(s) and then making a cash donation to charity), because gifted crops are not recognized as income, and federal, state and self-employment taxes are not assessed on their value.
  • You, as a charitable organization, can turn your benefactor-grower’s Crop Gift into scholarships for youth, spay-neuters for dogs and cats, hot-cooked meals for seniors, personal protective equipment to prevent COVID-19 community spread, and so much more!

Reach out to potential benefactor-growers before harvest time.

Click here to download our suggested Crop Gift Request Letter Template.

Click here to download our official Crop Gifting Pamphlet.

You are welcome to contact Kern Community Foundation with specific questions by calling 661.325.5346 or writing to info@kernfoundation.org.

Happy Growing Community and Growing Philanthropy through Crop Gifting!

Report to the Community – Give Big Kern 2020: The Year COVID Couldn’t Stop Good!

Close to three quarters of a million dollars! That’s how much money was raised by 125 Kern County nonprofits through Give Big Kern, hosted by Kern Community Foundation. Observed as “One Day to Celebrate the Giving Spirit of Kern County!” on the first Tuesday in May, which this year was May 5, 2020’s Give Big Kern turned out to be our most successful Online Day of Giving yet, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

Click on the image or the following hyperlink to access a downloadable copy of our Report to the Community – Give Big Kern 2020: The Year COVID Couldn’t Stop Good!

In this report, you will find:

  • An analysis of this year’s accomplishments and areas for improvement;
  • The reasons for Give Big Kern’s continued success even in the face of our current era’s most overwhelming health and financial challenge;
  • A listing of competitive and opportunity drawing prize winners;
  • An acknowledgment of our sponsors;
  • Important lessons learned that will help us plan for Give Big Kern 2021;
  • A very telling snapshot of the aspirations and concerns of Give Big Kern’s participating nonprofits, with a call to action for more members of our community to get involved in helping to meet their needs;
  • And more!

Please share this report with others–especially nonprofits, to encourage any that have not yet participated in Give Big Kern to consider doing so next year.

Also, save the date for next year’s Give Big Kern: May 4, 2021!

And as our Mascot, Billy the Give Big Goat, likes to say, “Happy r-e-e-e-a-a-d-i-n-g!”

FDIC Offers Online Resources for Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC, fdic.gov) is an independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system, including by insuring deposits made to banks. Its website boasts that “Since 1933, no depositor has lost a penny of FDIC-insured funds.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the FDIC has been working to develop resources that will make it easier for consumers without a bank account to find a bank where they can open an account online from a computer or mobile device without having to go to into a branch. They developed a new, easy-to-remember web page, fdic.gov/coronavirus, that was launched last week (available only in English at this time), dedicated to helping unbanked or underbanked consumers access the information they need to receive an economic impact payment (stimulus check) electronically.

Unbanked/underbanked consumers can do the following:

  1. Follow the link above or click on the FDIC logo at right to watch a short video on how to open a bank account online.
  2. Click on this link to access the Bank On Coalition’s list of banks that offer remote account opening with a $0 balance in anticipation of the Treasury deposit. The FDIC Coronavirus web page also links to the American Bankers Association’s list of banks that offer remote account opening all across the country (developed in response to the COVID-19 situation), along with additional resources for consumers. Changes to this page and information contained therein might change as the current crisis evolves.
  3. Once someone opens their account, they can then provide the information to the Internal Revenue Service to receive payments electronically through the IRS portal.
  4. The FDIC website has information available in Spanish, but it appears to be general in nature, not necessarily focused on COVID-19. Click here to view. The IRS portal has some information in Spanish about COVID-19 economic impact payments and the link to the English-language fdic/gov/coronavirus page. Click here to view.

The Bakersfield News Observer’s In-Kind Contribution to Give Big Kern is B-i-i-i-g!

Local Bakersfield weekly newspaper The Bakersfield News Observer is a returning sponsor of Give Big Kern this year. They really went all out for us again with a fantastic story series highlighting three different agencies in each of the three issues leading up to Give Big Kern Day.

Click on this link or the image at left to read and download the entire series in PDF format.

Want to know how the value of the Observer’s in-kind contribution, which includes layout, printing, posting online, linking through social media, and insertion of the Observer Interactive App capability that adds another layer of web linkage and visibility to each story on the printed page? Nothing short of $11,000! This is a huge to Kern Community Foundation and the Give Big Kern nonprofits, especially during these difficult COVID-19 times.

Thanks, Bakersfield News Observer, for your wonderful support of local charities!

Community Events

  1. Kern County WWII Veterans Memorial Site Dedication Day

    December 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Matrix Holiday Biz Expo & Children’s Fair

    December 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm