October 31, 2011

Kern Community Foundation Blog: "Bright Spots" and "Sparkplug Leaders" Making a Difference

Kristen A. Beall, Ed.D.

World of Women Really WOW 'Em, Our Terrific Interns

Yesterday afternoon I joined World of Women, otherwise known as WOW, for their annual birthday party at the Brighton Parks Clubhouse.  WOW began in 2007 as a giving circle supporting the Women's and Girls' Fund, a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation.

World of Women Really WOW 'Em:  Yesterday afternoon I joined World of Women, otherwise known as WOW, for their annual birthday party at the Brighton Parks Clubhouse.  WOW began in 2007 as a giving circle supporting the Women's and Girls' Fund, a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation.  Since its establishment, WOW has contributed more than $8,000 to the Fund's endowment which awards grants each year to local nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.  In addition to being regulars at the Women's and Girls' Fund's annual spring luncheon, WOW members have served on the Fund's Grants Allocations Committee for the last four years.  And if that wasn't enough, WOW has started their own special project called "Wings" which supports girls emancipating from the Kern County foster care system.  What a great example of engaged and invested leadership . . . and a terrific celebration too.  WOW!

Our Terrific Interns:  When awarding competitive grants, Kern Community Foundation  seeks out learning organizations. Learning is the lifeblood of good outcomes among our grantees and a solid predictor of positive results.  To help us practice what we preach, we offer a unique learning expereince of our own through a formal internship program.  This semester, we are proud to host two interns from CSUB. Janae Burris and Melissa Ramirez serve in the role of Nonprofit Outreach Coach, and spend most their time with us helping local nonprofits to complete an online profile through our Nonprofit Search.  They are doing a terrific job and are important part of the Foundation's work.  College students interested in learning more about the Foundation's internship program can contact Juan Avila, Director of Nonprofit Outreach at juan@kernfoundation.org.

 

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