Kern Foundation solicits grant applications

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Local nonprofit agencies looking to improve their fundraising capabilities are invited to submit applications for a Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity, offered through the Kern Community Foundation with support from the county board of supervisors.

“Jumpstart is truly a public-private partnership in growing philanthropy and nonprofit strengthening locally,” said Kern Community Foundation President and CEO Kristen Beall Watson.

Thanks to a $3,000-per-agency subsidy from the board of supervisors, the foundation pays the reduced tuition for one agency in each district.

The 1st District beneficiary for 2019 was the IWV Economic Development Corp.

According to Rebecca McCourt, executive assistant for the IWVEDC, she was able to participate in conference calls all year long with professionals who share their expertise in how to raise money, express thanks, acknowledge contributions, grow relationships and better track resources.

“I would encourage other nonprofit organizations to take advantage of having this one-on-one coaching,” said McCourt. “It was a very valuable experience.

“For me, not having any background in fundraising at all, it helped me reframe my perspective. But I think even people who have that in their background can benefit from the fine-tuning that these coaches can offer to make even better use of their organization’s resources.”

Local charities can get more information about the grant opportunity through a free informational workshop held Thursday, Oct. 24, in Bakersfield.

Two identical sessions will be held, one from 9-11 a.m. and the other from 1-3 p.m.

To register for a session, go to www.kernfounda and follow the prompts for the “Oct. 24 Workshop” button in the middle of the home page.

For additional information contact Louis Medina at or 661-616-2603.

Story First Published: 2019-10-18