Nonprofit Strengthening

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, and improving sustainability – not just for today but for generations to come.

To help the Foundation in this work, please click here and designate your donation for our Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative. If you are interested in supporting this initiative through other means, please contact us at 661.325.5346


Charity Giving Guide

The Charity Giving Guide is an annual publication, produced by Kern Community Foundation, that lists over 100 local nonprofits doing good work in Kern County. The Guide is a resource to help you, your family, and your business to find, learn about, and give to the causes you care about. View the 2015 Charity Giving Guide here.

Kern Community Foundation Live!

The Foundation’s YouTube channel now features over 40 local nonprofits, telling the story of what they do and why they do it. Season 3, with 10 new nonprofits to be featured, filming to begin in spring 2016 with episodes debuting in fall 2016. Nonprofits featured will be selected by Foundation staff from those featured in the Charity Giving Guide.

Philanthropy on Tap

The Foundation’s nonprofit speaker series has partnered with Bakersfield Young Professionals, a program of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. Nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to tell their organization’s story and show how young professionals can get involved. Click here to view the nonprofits to be featured in 2016.


Competitive Grant Opportunities

Kern Community Foundation regularly has grants available to organizations on a competitive basis. To view current opportunities and apply, click here.

Give Big Kern

Each spring, this 24-hour giving day brings nonprofits and community members together for a powerful day of action. Participating nonprofits will be eligible for prize grants and match opportunities. For more information, click here.


Nonprofit Endowment Partnership

The Partnership is a competitive program designed to assist nonprofits with endowment building and planned giving programs to promote long-term sustainability.

Agency Endowment Fund

By establishing an Agency Endowment Fund at the Foundation, you create a permanent source of revenue for your organization.  Establish an endowment through an outright gift or estate gift to sustain a nonprofit organization. The endowment will make an annual contribution to the nonprofit organization or charitable cause of your choice. Click here to learn more about endowments already at work.