May 2021
Dear Friends,

We are proud of the work of our Community Foundation Family, nonprofit partners, and generous donors have accomplished in the past year. Looking back at the past 13 months since the Disaster Support Fund opened, over $640,000 has been distributed to support thousands of SLO County residents. Through the Spring General Grant Cycle, 77 nonprofit partners received funds to continue their tireless work for our community. Our Donor Advised Funds have awarded 104 grants totaling nearly $394,000 just in the past three months. 

As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to recognize the tireless work of our nonprofit partners and the stress and hardships put upon their teams. If you or anyone you know needs additional resources regarding mental health, please reach out to the Transitions-Mental Health Association's Central Coast hotline at 800-783-0607. Everyday, I am proud to be a part of this wonderful community that is constantly fighting to improve the quality of life for all. 

With gratitude,

Heidi H. McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Spotlights and Highlights
Story of Impact • 5Cities Homeless Coalition

To assist those that have been faced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, 5Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC) has partnered with the State of California's COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. 5CHC is offering multi-lingual assistance free of charge to those that need help applying online for this rent and utility assistance. The only way to apply is through the State's online portal; this has provided complications for some SLO County residents.
"We've been connecting with landlords and property management companies to identify tenants who may not have access to the internet or those with limited digital literacy as well as passing out flyers at local food pantries, agriculture jobs, churches, and many more to ensure we can help as many people as possible." - Devon McQuade, Associate Director of 5Cities Homeless Coalition.
Since the start of the program, they have already assisted over 30 households in SLO County in applying for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program and connected hundreds more to this vital resource. To learn more, visit their website at
Scholarship Feature • Jennifer Thoma Ballet Scholarship

We are honored to announce that the 2021 Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship has been awarded to three amazing recipients: Allyson Shannon, Sophie Hilton, and Alexa Silva. Each dancer will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend an intensive summer program. The Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship was established to help local dancers realize their own dreams.
Donor Resource • Charitable Giving Funds

A charitable giving fund at The Community Foundation will allow you to grow your giving, invest in causes you care about, and make an impact in our region. For more information on how to open a fund, contact Cecelia Mazelin directly at or call our office at 805-543-2323 to leave a message.
Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2021 Professional Advisors Luncheon to be held on Friday, October 29. If your firm would like to become a sponsor, please go to the link below or contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator, at The deadline for all sponsors to be included on the Save the Date is June 7.
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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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