June 2021
Dear Friends,

As warmer days of summer are upon us, we are excited to enjoy the brighter days as our region reopens. With routines getting closer to "normal," we are thrilled to finally be planning in-person events.

Thank you to all of the generous donors who have contributed to the Disaster Support Fund. As a result, we were able to provide immediate resources to the many wonderful nonprofit organizations who responded to our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thankful to be shifting from disaster response to community recovery. As a result, we have closed the Disaster Support Fund; however, we continue to offer many avenues for giving including the 
Community Needs Fund

With gratitude,

Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
June is Graduation Season • Scholarship Highlights

As the school year comes to a close, we celebrate our graduating seniors taking on new adventures and pursuing their dreams. The Community Foundation Scholarship program awarded $304,650 in scholarships this year. Of that, 35 scholarships were single-year awards, 12 renewable scholarships and 15 are multi-year scholarships created to support the students throughout their academic careers. 
Supporting First Responders • 911 At Ease International

The Disaster Support Fund recently awarded a grant to 911 At Ease International to provide mental health resources to first responders in San Luis Obispo County. In the wake of the tragedy that took the life of SLO PD Detective Benedetti, 911 At Ease International was able to offer a range of services to those affected. On the night of the incident, their clinician led a debriefing with the staff that worked on Detective Benedetti at the scene. In the following days and weeks they led group debriefings for SLO PD that were attended by 28 police personnel. Since the shooting they have been working with 20 new clients that include police officers, fire fighters, dispatchers and family members of the first responders affected by this incident. 
911 At Ease International Video
Donor Feature • Dene & Emily Hurlbert

Dene and Emily Hurlbert had always been active members of the communities where they lived, from Colorado to Bakersfield. When they retired and permanently relocated to SLO County, they found community involvement to be more of a challenge than when they were actively working and raising a family. They wanted connection with the place that they now consider to be home.

They were delighted when close friends who were members of The Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) Advisory Committee, invited them to attend the group’s annual luncheon. Dene and Emily were both impressed by the work being done by local agencies to lift up local women and girls, a cause dear to their hearts. They were also inspired by the determined attitude of the WLF Advisory Committee to help local women. After attending the luncheon for a number of years, Emily was invited to join the WLF Advisory Committee and to serve as a grant reviewer for WLF grants.

Dene and Emily’s growing awareness of the huge number of agencies doing good work led to the realization that there was no way for them to know all that was being done to address the issues they cared about, primarily education and poverty. They recognized that The Community Foundation has the resources to identify those agencies that are making a difference across the county. As they said, “alone, we cannot make a dent in these issues, but we CAN make a difference collectively.” In recent years, Dene has also served as a review of emergency grant applications submitted to The Community Foundation. In their view, The Community Foundation is uniquely equipped to act quickly and respond to urgent community needs.

The Community Foundation provided the Hurlberts the opportunity to learn more about issues important to their community, the organizations addressing those issues, and to make an impact they cannot make as individuals.
Save the Date • Fall In-Person Events

Please mark your calendars for the following in-person events this fall:
  • Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon - Tuesday, September 28 at La Lomita Ranch
  • Professional Advisor's Luncheon - Friday, October 29 at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo
If you or your firm would like to sponsor the 2021 Professional Advisors Luncheon, please click here or contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator, at
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 nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships; our charitable assets under management have grown to over $65 million, and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information or to donate to any fund, please call 805-543-2323.
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