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December 2019 Edition
"We only have what we give." ~ Isabel Allende, author

Dear Members of The Community Foundation Family,

At this time of year we want to extend a special and heartfelt thanks to the generous people who make up our Community Foundation family. Each day we hear stories of people who bring tremendous passion to their giving, leveraging their creativity and strategic thinking to help organizations deepen their impact. Most importantly, their viral enthusiasm inspires friends and family members to learn more, get involved, and give. It is an honor to be a partner and facilitator with our many donors, helping them give to the causes they care about most deeply.

As you hear about other stories of our donors and nonprofit partners throughout the year, we hope you too feel proud of how our philanthropic investments play a unique and vital role in making San Luis Obispo County a stronger community where all of our neighbors can thrive.  Looking forward, we are confident that your example will inspire many others to “give where we live.”

We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will makes a real, lasting impact in the lives of those in need across San Luis Obispo County. Together, we are making a difference! Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With gratitude,

Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
Fall Grant Funding
The Community Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $125,000 to twenty nonprofit programs throughout the County. The grants will benefit programs providing services in the areas of Adult Health ($30,000), Youth Health & Wellness ($75,000) and BUILD ($20,000) Programs.
The primary goal of the Health Grants is to provide funding for agencies and programs that directly address community health needs to improve the quality of life through preventive health as well overcoming barriers to physical health and mental health care. For instance, a grant was awarded to RISE San Luis Obispo County for their Youth Counseling Program.
The primary goal of the BUILD (Building Unity, Infrastructure, Leadership, and Development) Grant Program is to provide funding for agencies with an annual operating budget of $500,000 and below to support their efforts in building capacity and improving infrastructure. One grantee was One Cool Earth for capacity building to expand school gardens.
Funding support from the Foundation continues to grow thanks to the hundreds of individuals, families, local businesses, and private foundations that work with the Foundation to advance philanthropy in our county.
One Cool Earth is just one of the many nonprofits that The Community Foundation supports through grants.
10th Annual Professional Advisors Luncheon
On October 25, The Community Foundation hosted the 10th annual Professional Advisors Luncheon for 150 local attorneys, accountants, bankers, and financial advisors from across San Luis Obispo County. Each year we highlight our valued partnership with professional advisors in their service to charitable clients.

A highlight this year was a speech given by scholarship recipient 
Andrew Galassi, who is working towards his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, as he shared the impact that The Community Foundation scholarship has had in his life.

Special thank s to all of our generous donors who supported this event: UBS, Lewis Financial, River City Bank, Andre, Morris & Buttery, Caliber Accounting Group, Carmel & Naccasha LLP, Empowering Financial Solutions, First American Tile Insurance Company, Founders Community Bank, Garcia Wealth Management Group, Glenn Burdette, Longcrier & Associates, McCormick Barstow LLP, Mechanics Bank, Merrill Millard & English Group, O'Neill & Woolpert, Wells Fargo, and Wacker Wealth Partners. 

To view a photos of the event please click HERE. For more information about our work with Professional Advisors please contact Donor Services Coordinator Cecelia Mazelin at
Tips for Local Giving this Holiday Season
With more than 450 active nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County, there are many options available for giving during the Holiday Season that will ensure your contributions support our community.

Do your Research: We recommend you do your research before making a charitable donation. Our staff is happy provide you with your gift options when you make your year-end donations to nonprofits through The Foundation where we maximize the impact of your charitable giving.

Find your Passion:
What is important and meaningful to you? Give to an organization, such as those that aid animals or conservation efforts, that achieves the results you seek. 

Use your IRA for Charity:
Contributing from your IRA to a fund at The Foundation is an easy way to reduce your tax burden and make a gift to support causes you care about.

Give your time instead of your money. While monetary donations are appreciated, you can also ask about volunteer opportunities. See the impact of donations with your own eyes.
For more information about year-end giving through the Foundation, contact our Donor Services Coordinator Cecelia Mazelin at
Support the work of The Community Foundation while you shop on Amazon! Use and choose us as your supported charity, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to us to assist with philanthropic work!
Thank you!
We are grateful to all of our Foundation Family for the support you show the Foundation and our nonprofit partners. We hope you and yours have a wonderful Holiday Season. We look forward to continuing our impactful work together in 2020!
You can make a difference!
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is a grantmaking and education foundation that provides support to charitable organizations throughout our county. For more than 20 years, the Foundation has provided almost $35 million in grants and scholarships and our charitable assets under management have grown to $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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