July 2, 2012

Aera Energy Fund Grant Gets Results, Foundation Among Nation's Top 100 Most Active Grantmakers Among Community Foundations

Kristen A. Beall, Ed.D.

Gaurdie Banister, Aera Energy President and CEO, and Jeff Pickering at Independence Elementary's "Ready to Start" Program

$100,000 grant from the Aera Energy Fund helps to prepare local pre-schoolers for kindergarten, and Kern Community Foundation ranks among top 100 most active grantmakers among community foundations for third year in a row. 

Aera Energy Fund Grant:  Last week I had the privilege of joining Gaurdie Banister, President and CEO of Aera Energy LLC, to award a grant from the Aera Energy Fund at Kern Community Foundation to support "Ready to Start," a public-private partnership focused on helping local pre-schoolers prepare for kindergarten. The Bakersfield Californian ran a nice article about the program and the community's support, which you can read here.

Top 100 for Kern Community Foundation: For the third year in a row, Kern Community Foundation has ranked among the top 100 most active grantmakers among community foundations nationwide according to a recent report by CF Insights and the Council on Foundations.  Read more about how local grantmaking and giving compare to the rest of the nation here. 

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