Our Community's Philanthropists

When donating through the Foundation, community philanthropists express their generosity in a variety of ways. The Foundation's experienced staff works personally with each of the following donors to develop a giving plan that achieves their charitable and financial goals. 

Donor Advised Funds

Grants are made from these funds based on direction the of the donor.

  • Robert C. and Doreen Boylan Abrams Fund
  • AFG Project Fund
  • Aera Energy Fund
  • The Donald E. and Audrey W. Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Donald and Earlene Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Kristen Barnes Charitable Fund
  • Batey Charitable Fund
  • Ben and Bryan Batey Charitable Fund
  • The Boydstun Family Charitable Fund
  • S & L Boyle Family Fund
  • Charity Giving Card Fund
  • The Judith B. Chase Family Fund
  • Centre for Neuro Skills - Clinical Research & Education Foundation (CNS-CREF)
  • Jim & Nona Darling Family Fund
  • Curtis & Peggy Darling Fund #2 
  • Curtis & Peggy Darling Fund
  • Richard & Lorraine Davies Charitable Fund
  • Dev Charitable Fund
  • Jeff and Denise Dittman Charitable Fund
  • Gee Durn Fund
  • ECR Fund
  • Claude & Shirley Fiddler Charitable Fund
  • The Gordon Charitable Fund
  • Ed and Sue Green Family Charitable Fund
  • Fred and Virginia Hamisch Charitable Fund
  • George & Karen Johnson Family Fund
  • The Kern 178 Corridor Fund
  • Kern County Court Closure Relief Fund
  • Duane and Corey Keathley Charitable Fund
  • Justin and Carrie Leland Charitable Fund
  • Lightspeed Systems Foundation Fund
  • Linda Lopez Charitable Fund
  • Robert and Judith McCarthy Family Fund
  • Garrett and Elizabeth Ming Charitable Fund
  • The David and Jan Nicholas Charitable Fund
  • Nickel Family Fund
  • Nnanedu Odeluga Memorial Fund
  • Palitz Family Charitable Fund
  • Phillips Family Fund
  • Pickering Family Fund
  • Plank Family Charitable Fund
  • Prolific Talents Fund
  • Sanders Family Fund
  • Harriet L. Sheldon Fund
  • Sheldon Family Charitable Fund
  • Gayland P. & Joy A. Smith Family Fund
  • Sounds of Promise Continuing Education Fund for Orphans
  • Charlotte and Max Steinert Family Fund
  • The Marvin Steinert Family Charitable Fund
  • Rod Stiefvater Foundation Fund
  • Sandys S. Tang & Mora Tang Fund
  • The Jack and Mary Lou Thomson Endowment Fund
  • Trang Family Charitable Fund
  • Eugene J. Voiland Charitable Fund
  • The Blanche & Irma Weill Foundation Fund
  • Tim and Katie Werdel Giving Fund
  • Diane L. White Charitable Fund
  • Stan and Nancy Wilson Benevolence Fund

Field of Interest Funds

These funds are used to support specific areas such as education, healthcare, social services, the arts, or other special interests and geographic regions. more>>

  • Arthritis Association of Kern County Fund
  • Community Disaster Relief Fund
  • Shirley Farnsworth Fund
  • Juvenile Court Special Needs Fund for Foster Children
  • Kern River Valley Community Fund (Endowed)
  • Kern River Valley Community Fund (Non-Endowed)
  • Kern River Valley Community Match Fund
  • Scoliosis Strong Fund
  • West High Foundation Endowment Fund
  • West High Foundation Operational Fund
  • The Women's and Girls' Fund

Designated Funds

These funds support one or more specific charitable organizations.

  • Phyllis J. Bivins Memorial Fund
  • Dolores & Victor Cerro St. Francis Scholarship Fund
  • Community Endowment Fund
  • Coe, Gorman, Diggles Foundation
  • The Fox Theater Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Merle Haggard Musical Scholarship Fund
  • Noel E. Daniells Permanent Endowment Fund
  • Jean Baughman Legacy Fund
  • Kayli Memorial Fund
  • Kern Scholarship Foundation Fund (Non-endowed)
  • Kern River Preserve Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • KRVHF Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • Tom Pryor PTSD Awareness Fund
  • The Marjorie Rump Charitable Endowment Fund
  • Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund
  • Shafter Historical Society Museum Curator Fund
  • Edward M. and Constance W. Tilbury Endowment Fund
  • Margaret Urner Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund
  • Helen Hawk Windes Charitable Fund
  • Bryce & Florence York Fund

Agency Funds

The Foundation manages these funds on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

  • The Bakersfield Aquatics Center Fund
  • Bakersfield ARC Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Bakersfield Christian High School Endowment Fund
  • Community Connection for Child Care Foundation Fund
  • Foothill Foundation Endowment Fund
  • The Golden Empire Gleaners Endowment Fund
  • JLB Community Center Fund
  • Kern River Valley Educational and Cultural Foundation Fund
  • Leaders in Life Endowment Fund
  • Spotlight Theater Reserve Fund
  • SSRS Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • St. Paul's Anglican Parish Endowment Fund "A"
  • St. Paul's Anglican Parish Christianity and the Arts Fund
  • St. Paul's Anglican Parish Endowment "B" Fund
  • St. Paul's Anglican Parish John Spear Memorial Fund
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation - Global Gifts End

Scholarship Funds

Grants are made from these funds based on the criteria of individual scholarships, as established by the donor.

  • Dr. Joseph E. Anderson Scholarship Fund
  • Arvin Women's Club - Ellen Kovacevich Scholarship Fund
  • Arvin Union Congregational Church Scholarship Fund
  • The Arvin Women's Club Scholarship Fund
  • CCS Transition Scholarship Fund
  • Larry Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Derek Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • East Bakersfield Class of 1957 - Ron Robinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Manuel Gonzales Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Honor Run Scholarship Fund
  • Kern High School District Counselors Scholarship Fund
  • Kern Scholarship Foundation Fund
  • The Mayor of Bakersfield Scholarship Fund
  • David Moore Agricultural Scholarship Fund
  • Nickel Family Scholarship for Agricultural Education Fund
  • North Kern Christian School Endowment Fund
  • Partners for Success Fund
  • Oscar and Libbie Rudnick Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Richard P. Pierucci Scholarship Fund
  • The George and Helen Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund

Unrestricted Fund

The Foundation's unrestricted funds are used to support broad charitable needs of the community.