September 2018 Edition
"Could anything be better than waking up every day knowing that lots of people are smiling because you chose to impact lives, making the world a better place." ~ Anyaele Sam Chiyson

Dear Members of The Community Foundation Family,

During our year of celebrating our 20th anniversary, we are reminded of the many ways that our community comes together to improve the lives of our neighbors, local programs and our beautiful environment. From providing grants to youth programs that empower and inspire children, to awarding scholarships to high school graduates to help them pursue their dreams in higher education, to connecting donors with programs that fulfill their philanthropic interest.

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. Each day we hear stories of lives that are changed by our grants and the work of the non-profits that we collaborate with. 

Of course, it its our community members that make this county the wonderful place that it is. While we celebrate 20 years of impact we celebrate YOU, our trusted friends and family. Thank you for making a difference!


Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
20th Anniversary Celebration
The Community Foundation is proudly celebrating 20 years of making an impact in San Luis Obispo County. We are pleased to have awarded almost $35 million in grants and scholarships since our founding in 1998.

20 Years of ImpactJoin us on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Santa Margarita Ranch from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm as we commemorate this incredible milestone and toast the future transformational impact we will create together. There will be light bites and local beverages. Tickets are available for $20 at and space is limited. For more information, contact (805) 543-2323 or

Reserve Your Ticket for the 20th Anniversary Celebration
Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon - Last Call for Tickets

2018 Women's Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon

September 27, 2018 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center

Ted Bunch, A CALL TO MEN

More than 450 community members have already purchased their tickets for our annual luncheon. Don't miss your opportunity to join the community in celebrating empowering women and girls in San Luis Obispo County. 

The keynote speaker is nationally-recognized Ted Bunch who is an educator, activist and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. He is co-founder of A CALL TO MEN which envisions a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. 

The deadline to purchase tickets to the luncheon is Monday, September 10th. We look forward to seeing YOU there!
Purchase Your Luncheon Ticket Now
Accepting Grant Proposals
Proposals are currently being accepted from local non-profits for the BUILD, Klaproad Basic Needs and Opportunity to Thrive Grant Programs. Awards will be presented in late November.

BUILD Grant Program

The primary goal of the BUILD (building unity, infrastructure, leadership and development) Grant Program is to provide funding for agencies with a budget of less than $300,000. The Foundation aims to strengthen nonprofit organizations with smaller operating budgets by supporting their efforts in building capacity and improving infrastructure. 

Klaproad Basic Needs Grant Program

The Foundation established the Hugo and Erna Klaproad Fund in 2009, through a generous bequest from the Klaproads, former Oceano residents.  The objectives of the Klaproad Basic Needs Grant Program areto provide for the immediate needs of the homeless in the Five Cities/South SLO County area, expand and strengthen the existing services for the homeless in the Five Cities, and to support a continuum of services for South County homeless which stabilizes and moves them into housing.

Opportunity to Thrive Intitiative Fund

Through a testamentary gift, Ron Dunin and his wife Helen established an endowment to help people who are attempting to help themselves. Grants are intended to support individuals striving for self-sufficiency and who are in need of transitional assistance to overcome a short-term or one-time barrier. Of particular interest are individuals who are in transition, e.g. foster youth exiting the system, women leaving domestic violence shelters, families at risk of homelessness, individuals completing rehabilitation, re-entry into the workforce. 

For more information about these grant opportunities click HERE.
2017 Annual Report
To capture a view of the impact The Community Foundation had on San Luis Obispo County, take a look at our recently published 2017 Annual Report below.
The Community Foundation Blog: Small Grants that Make a BIG Difference
Last year alone, The Community Foundation awarded more than $5 million in grants. When we work with a donor to fulfill their philanthropic goals, we are investing in our community and addresses community needs. We offer a wide variety of awards, both large and small. Sometimes the smallest grants can have the largest impact. Learn more about our grant making impact in our blog.
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Important Dates
September 13:  The Women's Legacy Fund Young 100 Dinner and a Movie event
September 27:  The Women's Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon
October 19:  Professional Advisors Annual Luncheon
October 28:  CFSLOCO 20th Anniversary Celebration 
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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