Kern Community Foundationís president accepts position in Florida
Jan 23, 2015

January 23, 2015
Contact: Gene Voiland, Chairman of the Board (661) 616.2601

Kern Community Foundationís president accepts position in Florida

Bakersfield, Calif., January 23, 2015 Ė The Board of Directors of Kern Community Foundation announced today that Jeffrey R. Pickering has resigned as president and CEO after five years of leading the organization. Pickering is leaving at the end of May to become CEO of the Indian River Community Foundation in Vero Beach, Florida, and to be closer to his family in Central Florida. 

According to board chair Gene Voiland, a sub-committee of Kern Community Foundationís Board of Directors will manage the process of implementing the organizationís succession plan and oversee recruitment of Pickeringís successor.

Voiland expressed his appreciation for Pickeringís leadership and for helping the 15-year-old community foundation expand its scope. ďJeff helped position the Kern Community Foundation as one of the top 100 most active grant makers among community foundations in the nation. We look forward to finding someone who can build on the solid foundation Jeff has established.  We will continue striving to be the center of excellence that enables local philanthropists to be more strategic and effective in their charitable giving.Ē

During Pickeringís successful tenure, the foundationís assets grew to more than $19 million, along with promises of at least $30 million in planned estate gifts. The foundationís subsidiary organization, the Kern Real Estate Foundation, was also established to provide local donors with a way to turn illiquid assets into support for their favorite local charitable causes.  He has also overseen a major effort to strengthen the Kern County nonprofit sector by establishing programs to help them adopt best practices on accountability, effectiveness, and transparency.

The foundation has awarded more than $13 million in grants since its establishment, which includes a record $3 million in grants last year. Most of the foundationís grants have been awarded to charities in Bakersfield and Kern County that meet the highest national standards for accountability and transparency.

The board of directors plans to conduct and complete the search process by March 15, 2015. Information about the CEO search will be available in February at  Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to All inquiries will be handled confidentially.


About Kern Community Foundation:

Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise with the powerfully simple mission of growing community and growing philanthropy. The foundation is in business to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations, and to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit. Since its establishment in 1999, the foundation has grown to hold more than 100 charitable funds with assets of approximately $19 million, and has awarded more than $13.1 million to improve Kern Countyís quality of life. For more information about Kern Community Foundation visit

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