In the last few years, California and Kern have experienced multiple crises, the last of which, COVID-19, has in one way or another impacted the life of every state resident.

Each time there is a crisis, local charities are called upon to respond to overwhelming community needs, oftentimes with diminished resources. But how can the nonprofit sector remain sustainable in the face of increasing demands while its financial health is threatened?

Resiliency is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; the ability to spring back into shape; toughness.

Preparedness means a state of readiness; having a concrete research-based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of disasters.

Through its Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative, and armed with important lessons learned from every recent crisis in which it has intervened as a philanthropic first responder, Kern Community Foundation is well-equipped to instill resiliency and preparedness among its nonprofit partners.  

Thanks to financial support from the City of Bakersfield, our service offering now includes this Nonprofit Empowerment Center, an online hub of resources that includes access to COVID-19 resources, virtual live workshops, self-paced online learning opportunities, grant announcements, access to Candid’s Foundation Directory Online, facilitated virtual roundtables to help leaders in the local nonprofit sector learn from one another, and a Community Calendar that exclusively showcases nonprofit educational events and fundraisers.

Please use the menu on this page to explore the various resources available through our Nonprofit Empowerment Center.

Questions? Send us an e-mail at or call 661.325.5346.