Why We Help Nonprofits

Kern Community Foundation believes in philanthropy – the practice of giving now and making long-term investments to support effective charitable organizations and programs forever. While accepting donations and making grants are a core component of our work, Kern Community Foundation also recognizes the valuable role local nonprofits play in improving the community.

To this end, Kern Community Foundation’s nonprofit services are designed to increase the viability of local organizations – increasing visibility, building capacity, improving sustainability, and growing resiliency – not just for today but for generations to come.

How We Help Nonprofits


Community Giving Guide This publication features hundreds of local nonprofits, their mission, and their web address to help the community acquire a great understanding of Kern’s truly diverse nonprofit landscape. Click on this link to access and download a copy of our most recent Community Giving Guide.

We also have an interactive online version of our Giving Guide called the Nonprofit Search. Click here to access.


Competitive Grant Opportunities
These opportunities range from field of interest, like The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, to discretionary dollars the Foundation chooses to grant.

Give Big Kern (GBK)
Since 2016, GBK has raised millions of dollars, from thousands of donors, for hundreds of local nonprofits. It is a one-month period of community engagement in giving and volunteering that culminates in a 24-hour giving frenzy the first Tuesday in May. Give Big Kern is designed to bring all of Kern County together as one community, raising dollars and volunteer hours for local charitable organizations. The effort shines a light on hard-working local nonprofits, empowering them to advance their marketing and development capabilities, and donor, board and volunteer engagement while encouraging networking and collaboration among agencies across the sector.

Learn more at www.givebigkern.org.


In response to urgent COVID-19 needs expressed by Kern’s nonprofit community in a June 2020 survey conducted by Kern Community Foundation, in early September we began offering a Nonprofit Strengthening Webinar Training Series called “Growing Resiliency,” to help sustain our nonprofit partners through the COVID crisis and beyond.

Growing Resiliency Part 1 – Navigating the California Grants Portal, grants.ca.gov, and the State Library’s Website, library,ca.gov. Presented Sept. 2, 2020.

Growing Resiliency Part 2 – Understanding the Resources of the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Business. Presented Sept. 30, 2020.

Growing Resiliency Part 3 – Outcomes Thinking & Management. Presented Oct. 28, 2020.

  • Candid Presentation Slides – Shared with webinar attendees only.

Growing Resiliency Part 4 – Your Board and Fundraising

  • Candid Presentation Slides – Shared with webinar attendees only.

For Questions, please contact Fatima@kernfoundation.org.