November 2018 Edition
"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world..." ~ Howard Zinn

Dear Members of The Community Foundation Family,

With the fires raging across our state, our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted by this ever growing disaster.  We are in touch with our other community foundations and nonprofit agencies to insure that our support is directed to those most in need.  Thanks to the generous support of so many across San Luis Obispo we are already deploying resources to these areas.  During this time of need we are reminded of the caring nature of our community and how we must always take care of one another.
During this season of thanks I am ever mindful of you, our Foundation family, and the commitment you have to improving the lives of those who live, work and love our communities.  Wishing you and yours a most thoughtful and relaxing Thanksgiving.


Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
Disaster Relief Fund Open
Image of Camp Fire burning trees next to residents with firefighters working - taken by Stepehn Lam - RuetersThe Community Foundation has activated our Disaster Support Fund in support of communities affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California, as well as other fires across the state. Donations to the fund will provide both immediate relief and support rebuilding and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the fire.
Grants from the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies and organizations directly assisting individuals to meet needs as they arise and to deploy resources where they are most needed.

The Community Foundation has waived all administrative fees and 100% of your donation will be used to make grants to agencies supporting emergency assistance, health and human services, short-term housing/rental assistance, reimbursement of equipment and supplies, and other immediate relief or long-term recovery support for affected residents.
Donate to the Disaster Relief Fund
20th Anniversary Celebration
20 Years of ImpactThe Community Foundation celebrated 20 years of meaningful impact in San Luis Obispo County on October 28, 2019 at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. We were joined by founders, current and past board and committee members, nonprofit agencies, donors and other community members in showing of support of philanthropic leadership for our communities. Click HERE to view photos from the event.

In 20 years the Foundation has provided more than 6,000 grants that have provided almost $3.5 million in funding across San Luis Obispo County and beyond. We are honored to work with so many passionate and generous individuals and organizations who also want to improve lives across the community. Created by and for the people of San Luis Obispo County, the Foundation is an enduring source of charitable funds to meet the changing needs and interests of the community. Here's to the next 20 years of impact!

Click in the photo collage below for more photos from our special event.
three images from the 20th Anniversary Celebration
Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon 
We were so pleased to have nearly 700 concerned SLO County residents attend the Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon on September 27th to celebrate empowering women and girls in San Luis Obispo County through grants of more than $350,000 to date.  

Our keynote speaker Ted Bunch from A CALL TO MEN captivated and inspired our audience. His message was that the underlying causes of violence and discrimination against women are rooted in the ways women and girls have been traditionally viewed and treated in our society. Men are socialized to view women as objects, the property of men and of less value than men. Our society needs to do more to change these perceptions and challenge these social norms. Together, we can make a difference. 

Thank you for your continued support of this important fund!
The Women's Legacy Fund 2017 Grant Recipient Impact Video
View Photos From the Luncheon
Year End Charitable Contribution Tips
Year-End Giving TipsAs we approach the end of 2018, we would like to share some interesting facts about your charitable giving opportunities.  You can learn about giving appreciated stock, "bunching" multiple years of gifts, use of a donor-advised fund at The Community Foundation, and donating your IRA RMD. 

For more information about these charitable donation opportunities, click HERE.

New Foundation Team Member
Photo of Annie FrewThe Community Foundation welcomes Annie Frew as our new Donor Services and Communications Manager. She is an experienced Assistant Director who has formerly worked in the government administration industry. She is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Event Management, Fundraising, Leadership, and Marketing. Annie holds a Master's degree focused in Public Policy Analysis from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She grew up in San Luis Obispo likes to spend time outdoors enjoying our scenic area with her husband and dog. Annie may be contacted by email at or at 805-543-2323.
The Community Foundation Blog: Leaving a Legacy
The Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life of all residents of San Luis Obispo County by focusing on the needs of the residents. We do this by supporting local nonprofits; helping people donate money strategically; and building endowments for future generations of San Luis Obispo County residents. Donors can make the biggest impact on our community by setting up a Donor Advised or Testamentary Fund. A wonderful example of making a lasting impact was very generous bequest from Hugo and Erna Klaproad to serve the homeless in our county. To learn more about their impact read our blog.
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Important Dates
November 22 & 23:  Thanksgiving Holiday - Office Closed
November 27:  Giving Tuesday
December 17: Women of Distinction Nominations Open
December 24 & 25: Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
You can make a difference!
The Community Foundation is a grant making and education foundation that provides support to charitable organizations throughout our county. Last year, The Community Foundation provided more than $5 million in grants and scholarships, totaling almost $35 million since 1998. The Community Foundation's charitable assets under management have grown to nearly $60 million, and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For further information or to donate to any fund, please call (805) 543-2323.
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