July 2018 Edition
"To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success." ~Henry Ford

Dear Members of The Community Foundation Family,

It has been an exciting start to the season of summer for The Community Foundation. We are pleased to share with you some important updates on our work, including our scholarship program, the Women’s Legacy Fund, our Growing Together Initiative at this year’s Pride in the Plaza, and also announcing the awardees of our Spring grants cycle. I am honored to report that our impact is significant throughout the central coast – and growing!

This year, we are celebrating a significant milestone for The Community Foundation – 20 years of impact throughout our region. I hope you all will join me in saluting the incredible work of our nonprofit community, and as we look ahead to the next 20 years, we are delighted about what we will be able to accomplish together.


Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
Impacting Lives with Scholarships
The Community Foundation presented $269,650 in scholarships this year to 69 deserving students. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors from all over San Luis Obispo County to support them as they seek higher education.

Many of the scholarships offered through The Community Foundation are multi-year scholarships and offer financial support to students through their academic careers. The multi-year scholarships are instrumental in providing students with the resources to succeed not only in their first year, but in receiving their degree and finishing their pursuit.

“These students work very hard and are very passionate,” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation. “We are honored to provide them with scholarships to help them pursue their dreams and continue growing into spectacular adults.”
San Luis Obispo County Supervisors congratulate the Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Award recipients in June.
Paso Robles High School scholarship recipients
Women's Legacy Fund Announces Keynote Speaker

2018 Women's Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon

September 27, 2018 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center

The Women's Legacy Fund Advisory Committee is excited to announce the keynote speaker for this year's Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon will be respected leader, Ted Bunch. 

Ted Bunch is an educator, activist and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. He is the Chief Development Officer of A CALL TO MEN and is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women. A CALL TO MEN envisions a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. To learn more about A CALL TO MEN, click on the link HERE.

We believe that our community will find this is a topical and important presentation of how to address and solve one of the serious problems challenging our community and county. Tickets are now available for purchase to the Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon on September 27th.
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Keynote speaker, Ted Bunch, A CALL TO  MEN
Supporting Non-Profits Through Grantmaking
The Community Foundation has awarded 92 grants so far this year through our General Grants Program, for a total of $615,000 to support programs that enrich the lives of our community members. Grants and funds often have a specific focus such as arts and culture, health, education, human services, environment or community enhancement. Here is a small sample of some of the grants that were awarded last month:

•    RISE: $40,000 over two years for the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Counseling Program which  provides no-cost therapy to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence (SA/IPV) to heal symptoms of abuse and support recovery through empowerment, awareness, and risk-reduction education.     

•    Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: $25,000 for College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations program. This program will provide college readiness resources for high school students residing in affordable housing developments managed by Peoples’ Self-Help Housing. Program topics will include SAT prep, applying for scholarships, college financial aid, college tours, and selecting the right college and major. 

School buses pick up schoolchildren after a performance at the PAC
•    The Foundation for the Performing Arts: $10,000 for the School Matinee Program which addresses the need to provide students with quality arts education opportunities. More than 12,000 students countywide will have the opportunity to attend one of 15 shows being offered at the PAC during the 2018-2019 school-year.  
Growing Together as a Community at Pride in the Plaza
The Growing Together Initiative Fund (GTI) participated in Pride in the Plaza on Sunday, July 8th. The event provided an opportunity to educate the public about how GTI supports LGBTQ programming in SLO County. Community members painted more than 140 flowerpots and each participant picked a succulent to plant for free as a way to help our community "grow together". GTI has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and direct services to promote education, awareness, and advocacy for the needs of the local LGBTQ and ally community. GTI has also raised more than $360,000 in an endowment which will ensure a perpetual source of funds to support equality and social justice in San Luis Obispo County. To view our photo album from Pride in the Plaza, click HERE.
The Community Foundation Blog: 20 Rising Stars
The Community Foundation has a history of investing in students in our community. When we work with a donor to create a scholarship fund at The Community Foundation, we are investing in our community’s future and showing local students that we care about their futures, too. Learn more about these rising stars in our community and the scholarships that are making dreams of higher education possible.
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Important Dates
September 27:  The Women's Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon
October 19:  Professional Advisors Annual Luncheon
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 over $30 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 to speak with John Neylan, Donor Services and Grants Associate.
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