Marvin and Nadene Steinert Receive Kern Community Foundation's Inaugural "Spirit of Philanthropy" Award
Nov 16, 2012

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day and National Community Foundation’s Week, on November 14th Kern Community Foundation honored Marvin and Nadene Steinert with the inaugural “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award.  The couple recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, and is being recognized for a lifetime of charitable giving to benefit their church and the charitable causes most important to them.

Throughout their marriage, the Steinerts have exemplified the spirit of philanthropy by teaching the habit of charitable giving to their family, friends, business associates and neighbors.  Marvin is a past Director of Kern Community Foundation. During his tenure on the Foundation’s Board of Directors he established the Marvin Steinert Family Charitable Fund at Kern Community Foundation as a way to organize and carry out his family’s charitable giving.  The couple is also a member of the Foundation’s Legacy Society for having made a planned gift from their estate to Kern Community Foundation.  In May of 2012, the Steinerts made a gift of commercial real estate to Kern Community Foundation, representing the single largest charitable contribution by an individual or family received by the Foundation to date.

“This week, Kern Community Foundation joins more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week,” says Jeff Pickering, President and CEO. “Mr. and Mrs. Steinert’s lifetime giving, along with their most recent gift of real estate, are worthy of national recognition.  We are fortunate to be able to celebrate this week by honoring them and their commitment to local charitable causes.”

City, county, state and national recognition is also being provided to honor the Steinerts. Proclamations and certificates of recognition are being presented from Kern County, the state of California and the United States Congress, and the City of Bakersfield has proclaimed November 14, 2012 “Marvin and Nadene Steinert Day.” 

“Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy,” says Keith Brice, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “More than 100 local individuals and families like the Steinerts have established a named fund at the Foundation and rely on us as a resource for their charitable giving. We are grateful for the trust they have placed in us and we are proud to recognize them for their lifetime generosity.”

Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise created by and for the people of Kern County. Its mission is powerfully simple – the Foundation is growing community and growing philanthropy. Kern Community Foundation is known as a home for Kern community philanthropists, a results-oriented grant maker and a trusted community leader. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 100 charitable funds with assets of more than $15 million, and has awarded more than $8 million to improve Kern County’s quality of life.

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