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End of Year Giving: A Call to Action

We are now nearing the end of 2019. For many of you, it is time to think about your Year-End Giving. For over 78 years The Community Foundation has been working with donors like you to address the many issues facing our community through investments in our nonprofits: education, housing, health care, the environment and the arts, to name a few. The Inland Empire has only 1% of California’s philanthropic resources. What does that mean? It means that funding the work of the region’s nonprofits happens because you give.

Please consider making a gift now to support a number of funds at The Community Foundation that allow us to respond to the needs of the region.  We are asking for a Call to Action.

The following funds have been established to help ensure we are ready and able to address current and future issues and needs affecting Riverside and San Bernardino Counties - the Inland Empire - but we need your support.

Community Impact Fund

The Community Impact Fund provides the Foundation flexibility to address the most pressing, high priority needs facing our community. It also supports the nonprofit organizations serving our region by building organizational capacity, innovations, and sustainability of these organizations.  The fund is comprised of “unrestricted contributions.” Your gift works alongside other donated funds to maximize the impact of your giving and our grantmaking. 

The Here for Good Fund:

The Here for Good Fund helps ensure that The Community Foundation continues to strengthen and serve our region. It helps support Foundation’s operations, its staffing and growth. Your gift will help ensure our region is strengthened through philanthropy and that the Foundation is here, for good; forever.

Scholarship Funds:

Scholarship Funds offer you the opportunity to build our community’s future by investing in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. We will work closely with you to design a scholarship program that reflects your values and vision, and a criteria you help select. Eligibility criteria can be based on need, merit, career interests, academic performance or locale. More importantly, you can name the fund after yourself, or a loved one, family or organization. It’s your choice.

Award payments are made directly to educational institutions on behalf of the recipients.

Graduate Success Fund:

Graduate Success Fund is our promise to help low-income students in our region earn their college degrees and obtain well-paying jobs. It is a needs-based scholarship to help students at critical times in their academic endeavors. Your gift is leveraged with funds from other donors, funders, and the Foundation to maximize the impact on our region’s economic prosperity and helping to ensure these students succeed in college.

Youth Grantmakers Fund:

The Youth Grantmakers Fund was created to support the Youth Grantmakers (YG) Program. The YG Program was created in 2009 to empower youth in local high schools to address issues that are important to them by participating in the grantmaking process. These young people become active agents of change, and helps prepare them for community leadership. There are now 5 YG Programs across our two county region: Riverside, Coachella Valley, San Bernardino, Idyllwild, and a Native program.  Since its inception, over 281 youth have been involved in the program, involving 27 different high schools, and the youth have awarded over $387,000 to 155 nonprofit organizations.

So Many Ways to Give:

To support a fund listed above, you can gift cash; appreciated assets (stocks, bonds, real estate). If you are 70 ½, own an IRA, and you are required to take a “Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) you can roll over or transfer up to $100,000 of your RMD to The Community Foundation, and not recognize taxable income on the distribution.

If you would like more information about any of these funds and giving options, please contact Jose A. Marquez, Vice President of Charitable Giving at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 951-241-7777.

College Futures Foundation Visits Riverside

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On Oct 29-30, The Community Foundation welcomed College Futures Foundation to Riverside for the last quarterly convening of its Community Philanthropy Initiative in 2019. The convening brought together all seven community foundations (including us!) that College Futures has chosen to partner with to improve college graduation rates for low-income and underrepresented students across California.

One of the highlights of the convening was a panel discussion, moderated by College Futures CEO Monica Lozano, on connecting students to good jobs, from middle school through a four-year degree. The esteemed panel of educational leaders shared some of their current IE partnerships and approaches for preparing students for jobs in our regional economy. Panel participants were:

  • Barbara Alejandre, Chief Intergovernmental Relations Officer, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Dr. Tom Smith, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside
  • Dr. Judy White, Superintendent of Schools, Riverside County Office of Education
  • Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, Chancellor, Riverside Community College District 
Thank you to our panel and all that you’re doing to help IE students succeed and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow!

The Community Foundation Announces Two New Board Members!

jeremy-hobbsJeremy W. Hobbs is President of the Western Wind Foundation, private foundation working primarily on social and economic development and education, with a geographic focus on the Coachella Valley. He is also Chairman of Eastek International, a vertically-integrated electronics and plastics contract manufacturer.

Early in his career, Jeremy was a management consultant with a specialty in local governments, local and regional water issues, and strategic and financial planning. A native Californian, Jeremy is a graduate of Jesult High School in Sacramento and Pomona College (BA, English) in Claremont, California. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a member and editor of The Law Review. From 1987 to 2002, Jeremy practiced law in Chicago, where he specialized in public interest and securities litigation, and where he later developed a practice focused on family-owned and closely-held businesses. In 2002, he left the practice of law to co-found a Chicago-based operating and holding company.

Jeremy has a long history of social service and philanthropic work, ranging from community development to HIV/AIDS education and prevention. In recent years, he has worked closely with dozens of non-profits and charitable organization throughout the Coachella Valley on topics such as education and scholarships, community and economic development, remediation of the Salton Sea, isolation and aging within the LGBT community, and development and support of a thriving performing arts community. He has also worked with numerous organizations on capacity development and governance issues. Jeremy has lived in Palm Springs since 2012.


rob-fieldRob has a long career of public service in the City and County of Riverside. He is currently, since 2009, the head of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (EDA), an agency with 24 divisions, a staff of more than 800, and an annual budget exceeding $600 million. EDA’s responsibilities are numerous, and include managing all construction within the County’s $1.5 billion Capital Improvement Program, running the County’s Redevelopment Agency and subsequently the Successor Agency to the County Redevelopment Agency, managing all of the County’s Workforce Investment programs, providing for the public’s needs through the Community Services Division, running the County’s Housing Authority, managing various types of affordable housing programs, managing all of the County’s real estate, and running the County’s airports and the annual County Fair & National Date Festival.

Between 2006 and 2009, he managed the County of Riverside’s Department of Facilities Management, with a staff of more than 600 distributed among five divisions (Design and Construction, Real Property, Maintenance, Custodial, and Administration), an annual operations budget of more than $80 million, and an annual capital budget of approximately $120 million. Prior to that, Rob held multiple roles in land use planning, environmental planning, and economic development, both private sector and public.

Through his education and work experience, Rob has developed a clear understanding of the critical elements involved in departmental and fiscal management, with a particular emphasis on qualities of leadership. As a result of a number of s
pecial assignments, Rob has developed the ability to negotiate complex agreements with various types of organizations, including industry working groups and employee organizations. He assembles strong management teams, and has converted multiple organizations that were on the verge of failure into entities that not only survive, but thrive.

Rob received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1989 from the University of California, Riverside, and his Masters from California Baptist University in Leadership and Organizational Studies in 2014. He has certificates in land use planning and economic development from UCR. He is the Chairman, Dean’s Advisory Council, UCR Business School, University of California, Riverside, Chairman for the University of California, Riverside Athletics Association, a Member of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees, and a Member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Economic Development and Innovation at UCR. He is a Board and Executive Committee Member for the March Field Air Museum.

In answering the following questions in his Statement of Interest, “Describe which of The Community Foundation’s statement of Mission, Vision or values you are most passionate about and why?” Rob said: Advocating for our region – this is something I have engaged in for most of my professional career, and it is refreshing to become a part of an organization that explicitly states that this is a significant component of its mission. Owing to my position, contacts, and experience, I believe and hope that I can help The Community Foundation in its endeavor.”







TCF Receives Two Local Awards

November is a special month for TCF! The Foundation was recently honored by Riverside City College with the RCC Legacy Award at the 2nd Annual RCC President’s Dinner on November 9. The award is given to an individual or organization who has contributed significantly to the college and broader community, and whose work aligns with RCC’s core mission and values. Also congratulations to TCF Board Member, Tami Sipos, for being chosen as RCCD Alumna of the Year! Following the President’s Dinner, the Inland Valley News presented our CEO Michelle Decker with the Philanthropic Leadership Award at their 22nd Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner. Michelle was chosen for this honor for her leadership in building philanthropic support from donors to major funders to strengthen all communities across the Inland region. The annual dinner is one of the IE’s premier events that celebrates the achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations who make the region a special place.

Thank you to RCC and Inland Valley News for this special recognition!

TCF Awards $10K to Strengthen Quality of Life for Coachella Valley Residents

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TCF recently awarded $10,000 in grants to 10 nonprofits in the Coachella Valley. The grants were made possible by the Coachella Valley Fund at TCF and will provide support for local youth, seniors and artistic institutions.

The 2019 Coachella Valley Fund grantees are: AIDS Assistance Project; Cathedral City High School Digital Arts; Cathedral City Senior Center; CV Repertory; Neuro Vitality Center; Palm Springs Opera Guild; Rancho Mirage High School; Read With Me; Shelter from the Storm and Youth Grantmakers Coachella Valley.

Anyone can give to the Coachella Valley Fund! Individuals, families, family, and private foundations, and businesses can give to the fund. Donors who make a gift to this fund entrust the Coachella Valley Fund Advisory Council, made up of people who live in and are actively involved in the community, and the Foundation’s Board of Directors to allocate funds to effective and important nonprofits in the Coachella Valley.

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How can you help the Coachella Valley Fund?

  1. Make a contribution to the pooled fund where your gift becomes available for grants to effective nonprofits in the Coachella Valley
  2. Create a sub-fund targeted to an interest you have, or in honor of a loved one.
  3. Join the Coachella Valley Fund Advisory Council and help make grants recommendations.
  4. Help raise funds through your relationships or by holding a special event to raise dollars for the fund.
  5. Tell your friends about the fund, and tell the staff of The Community Foundation about the important issues in the Coachella Valley

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For more information on the Coachella Valley Fund, please contact Joe Staley, Regional Charitable Giving Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760.836.2400.

Advisors: Robert Smith (Chair), Robert Fey, Kenny Cassady, Phil Hudis, Will Dean, Paula Kennedy, Cliff Lamb, Lynda Keeler, Karen Hudis

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Ensuring the IE Counts

ensuring-ie-countsThe Community Foundation recently awarded $1.5 million in sub contracts and grants to 33 organizations for Census 2020 education and outreach efforts across the Inland Empire.

“The Inland Empire has large populations that are historically hard-to-count, making our region an important focus of the state’s efforts,” said Michelle Decker, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “It’s critical that all IE residents are counted accurately so that we receive our fair share of federal funding and representation. These nonprofits partners are essential to a successful Census 2020 count, so we’re happy to invest in them to get the job done.”

The 12 organizations awarded sub contracts from TCF will be conducting canvassing, pledge card drives, and providing in-language assistance through Mobile Census Centers across the IE. Organizations include:

Center for American Islamic Relations
Community Health Action Network
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center
Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Inland Congregations United for Change
Inland Empire Labor Council
Empowering Success Now
Mi Familia Vota
Sigma Beta Xi, Inc.
TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities)
Warehouse Workers Resource Center

Another 21 organizations received grants from the Census 2020 Pooled Fund at TCF to support community-based education, outreach activities and pledge card drives. The Pooled Fund was developed by the Funder’s Alliance of the IE to leverage state funding and provide flexible dollars to nonprofits. Funding partners include: Blue Shield Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, First 5 San Bernardino, Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Libra Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,  Weingart Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Pooled Fund Grantees include:

Alianza Coachella Valley
Bread of Life Church
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
Coachella Valley Justice
Community Health Action Network
Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norte America
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center
Food in Need of Distribution, Inc.
Great Harvest Community Center
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund
Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity
Nehemiah Charitable Fund
Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas, Inc.
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
Sigma Beta Xi, Inc.
Starting Over, Inc.
TODEC Legal Services
Young Scholars for Academic Empowerment*
Youth Leadership Institute*
*pending revisions

All of these organizations bring local knowledge, distinct expertise, and proven strategies for reaching hard-to-count communities. Hard-to-count populations include immigrants, disabled persons, young children, seniors, and low-income individuals.

Designated by the California Census Office as the Region 7 (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties) an Administrative Community-Based Organization (ACBO), TCF is responsible for funding and mobilizing local organizations in hard-to-count communities to ensure everyone in the IE is counted. For more information about how to help us count the IE, visit www.censusie.org.

TCF introduces Listos California Campaign to Local Nonprofits

listos-2aNearly 25 organizations attended a community roundtable meeting that TCF hosted in October to introduce the state’s new emergency preparedness campaign known as Listos California. The campaign is led by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES) and California Volunteers to make sure our most vulnerable residents – those who are socially isolated, low-income, disabled or have language barriers – will have a plan for themselves and their families in the event of a disaster.

To effectively engage residents in Riverside County on disaster preparedness, TCF invited local organizations to learn about the campaign and provided preliminary information on this new grant opportunity.

“The goal of the campaign is to connect 1 million of the most vulnerable Californians with cultural support and resources that will prepare them in the event of a disaster,” Cudiamat. “This is especially important for a region like ours that is prone to earthquakes, wildfires and flooding. Our local partners will have the ability to conduct outreach and education campaigns to make sure communities at the highest risk are ready when disasters strike.”

listos-2bWith $2.1 million in state funding, TCF will be re-granting to nonprofits that serve diverse and vulnerable populations in Riverside County. For San Bernardino County, the state is partnering with El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center. TCF is part of a statewide network of community-based organizations in 24 counties designated to provide emergency preparedness education and outreach as part of the Listos Campaign.

To learn more about Listos California, visit here: www.listoscalifornia.org

Santa Rosa Plateau Needs Your Help!

santa-rosa-plateau-news-3TCF made a gift of $10,000 to the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation (SRPNEF) Fire Fund to support the reopening of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta that was damaged in the Tenaja Fire on September 4. The gift was made possible by the Inland Southern California Wildfire Relief Fund. To date, SRPNEF has raised $18,500 towards its goal of $100,000.

The blaze impacted miles of fencing, gates,  bridges, signage, benches, plant and animal habitats,  and destroyed a stage that hosted education programs,  concerts and special events. A total of 2,000 acres of chaparral and oak woodland were burned. The youth environmental education programs funded by SRPNEF are also impacted with the current closure of the Reserve. 

SRPNEF is currently accepting donations, to help restore and reopen the Reserve as soon as possible. (www.gofundme.com/srpfirefund)

The mission of SRPF is to educate and empower youth to appreciate, preserve and protect nature. Since its founding in 2003, the Foundation has provided environmental education programming for over 112,000 students serving 10 Southwest Riverside school districts. 

Ginger Greaves, Executive Director of SRPNEF stated, “We ask for the public’s patience as the biologists and land management personnel complete their assessments to affect a safe reopening of the Reserve.  Your donation will also help with that effort.  Thank you.”

TO DONATE: 
Online: gofundme.com/sprfirefund
By text: “firefund” to 951-900-3980
By check:  SRPNEF Fire Fund, P.O. Box 941. Murrieta, CA 92564

All donations are 100% Tax Deductible – Tax ID: 71-0946697

TCF Column Debuts in Desert Sun’s New Giving Section!

TCF has a new weekly column appearing in the Desert Sun, which made its debut in the paper’s Giving section on October 26. Giving is a new section devoted to highlighting positive stories of organizations and caring individuals in the desert. Published every Saturday, the year-round section will profile nonprofits, local donors, volunteer opportunities and a listing of upcoming events. The first organization to be featured in the TCF column is Read With Me. This volunteer organization works to improve youth literacy in east Coachella Valley and is a 2019 grantee of the Youth Grantmakers Program.

“TCF got involved to shine a brighter light on the organizations operating in the desert and the local philanthropists who support them,” said Charee Gillins, Marketing and Communications Director of The Community Foundation. “We invite you to check out the new column and learn about our many grantee organizations in the Coachella Valley. We hope their stories will inspire more giving and support to their organizations.” 

Thank you to the Desert Sun for your partnership and commitment to promoting philanthropy in the desert! 

Read the column on Read With Me here: https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2019/10/28/read-me-volunteers-help-children-coachella-valley/4057426002/

TCF Awards $135,784 to Nonprofits Serving Vulnerable Populations in the IE

TCF recently awarded $135,784 in grants to 17 local nonprofits that have programs serving disabled persons, victims of abuse, people with mental illness and special needs children. These grants were made possible by four Field of Interest funds at the Foundation.

The Field of Interest funds are: Seraphim Fund which aids women and children; Fred and Eva V. Stebler Fund which provides for the treatment and care of indigent children in Riverside County with an emphasis on children with special needs; James Bernard and Mildred Jordan Tucker Fund which benefits wheelchair users; and the Irene S. Rockwell Fund which benefits the city of Perris.

The 2019 Field of Interest funds grantees are: Arlington Temporary Assistance ($9,445); Assistance League of San Bernardino ($10,000); Assistance League of Temecula Valley ($10,000); Family Assistance Program ($10,000); Idyllwild Help Center ($10,075); Santa Claus Incorporated of Greater San Bernardino ($10,075); Unforgettables Foundation ($10,075); V I P Tots Inc. ($10,075); Community Access Center ($10,000); Desert Arc ($10,000); Peppermint Ridge ($7,481); US Adaptive Recreation Center ($10,000); Victor Valley Community Services Council ($10,000); Assistance League of Riverside ($1,558); Boys & Girls Club of Menifee Valley ($3,000); Feeding America Riverside & San Bernardino Counties ($2,000), and North County Health Services (NCHS) ($2,000).

“Since I have been here, this is the second year we received a grant from The Community Foundation and with their support, we are able to continue serving predominantly low socio-economic areas by providing learning services to children,” said Jared Dobbins, Executive Director of VIP Tots.

Added Dobbins, “One of the things we are continually trying to do is adjust the changing landscape of learning and providing the highest quality of services. Over the past year, I noticed the idea of an outdoor classroom that ranges in resources based in La Cañada Flintridge. The outdoor classroom project is an environment where children can be exposed to and learn from nature to help nurture their physical, cognitive, and psychological understanding. With TCF’s grant it’ll help support a classroom for children by getting this project up and running.”

The 2020 grant schedule and instructions on how to apply will be available in February 2020.

For a full description of the Field of Interest grants, to determine eligibility, and to apply online, please go to The Community Foundation’s website at
https://www.thecommunityfoundation.net/grants/grants/grant-schedule or call 951-241-7777

Year End Giving: What are the Choices You Have?

Charitable giving is critical to the quality of life of a community. It helps in two very significant ways. The gift that a donor makes can greatly impact the level of services that a nonprofit organization can offer to the people they are trying to assist. It can mean the difference whether someone eats that day, or finds shelter or receives a scholarship to continue their education. The gift a donor makes can also benefit the donor, whether they want to create a legacy, want to do charitable giving, or want to maximize their tax options. 

As you think about your Year End giving, we can be your partner in helping you with your philanthropic giving. We can also provide you information on organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people in your community. We can also work with you and your estate planning attorney, financial advisor or CPA, in determining what charitable and tax strategies are best for you, your family or business, and that may have the impact you are looking for. 

The new Tax and Jobs Act enacted in late 2017 made a number of changes that have affected charitable giving, but one thing that did not change, the charitable deduction remains unchanged under the new law. It is also the one that taxpayers have the most control over.

The following are three simple choices for you to make a gift towards your Year End Giving. With any of the strategies outlined below, we recommend that you talk with your financial advisor about your particular income and tax situation as it pertains to your charitable giving. 

 Appreciated Securities or Investments

One other major benefit that was preserved under the new law were the tax benefits of donated appreciated investments or assets, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds. 

If you had purchased any of these publicly traded securities and held them longer than one year, the likelihood is that they have increased in value, and that increase in value would be considered unrealized capital gains. That increased value is now subject to capital gains taxes.

If these securities are gifted or donated to The Community Foundation to support a fund here or to support the organization, no capital gains taxes are owed because these appreciated assets are being donated to charity and not sold. You would then be eligible to claim a federal tax deduction at fair market value, (assuming that your total itemized deductions exceeds the new standard deduction on your federal income tax return); you would bypass capital gain taxes; and support a charity or cause you care about.  You can also establish a charitable fund to support the causes you care about.

Donor Advised Fund

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a simple and efficient way to make a donation and be eligible for a tax deduction this year. Instead of trying to figure out which charity to give a gift to, you can establish a DAF at The Community Foundation. You can fund it with cash, stock or other appreciated assets before the end of the year, and work with our grant staff to review and recommend a charity or charities you would want to support, either this year or next. The DAF allows you to make a gift and take the tax deduction immediately but does not require you to decide on a charities you want to support until you are ready. This is a great way for a donor to offset a year with unexpectedly high earnings, or to address the tax implications of year-end bonuses.

In addition to the opportunity to receive a tax deduction, a DAF provides you the opportunity to create a legacy for yourself, your family or someone you care about. You can create an endowed DAF under your name or someone else’s, with a specific purpose knowing that it will continue to honor your wishes and give beyond your lifetime; to the causes you care most about. You can also continue make a charitable contribution to your DAF each year, receive a charitable deduction, and your giving will have greater impact.

IRA Charitable Rollover

A great tool for giving is the IRA Rollover, which Congress made permanent. It is a law that allows people 70 ½ or older who own an IRA to make cash gifts, up to $100,000 directly from their IRA tax-free to a qualified charity. The IRA Rollover gift will be excluded from their income for that year, and will qualify as a required minimum distribution (RMD). If you, your spouse, or partner each own IRAs separately, then each of you can make a distribution of up to $100,000.

At 70 ½ you are required to take a RMD. IRS rules mandate that individuals at this age or older, take their RMD from their IRA, whether they need the income or not. These annual withdrawals are subject to ordinary income taxes. By gifting your IRA funds directly to The Community Foundation, you can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to a reputable charitable organization. In addition, you can create a fund at the Foundation to support scholarships or a particular area of interest to you. You can name the fund after you, your family or a loved one. You can also set it up so your RMD each year goes directly to support your named fund.

The only restriction that IRS has made for this type of distribution, it cannot go to a Donor Advised Funds. 

If you or your financial advisor are interested in talking with someone about Year End Giving at The Community or want more information on giving options, please contact Jose A. Marquez, Vice President of Charitable Giving at 951-241-7777, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

150 Circle of Giving Fund

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Philanthropy is a way of life for Jack Alotto who regularly contributes his time and resources to organizations that serve vulnerable communities in need. After moving from Marin to Rancho Mirage, Jack worked with TCF to open the 150 Circle of Giving Fund. Members of “150 Circle of Giving” make a minimum gift of $150 annually and pool their funds to award grants to nonprofit organizations working in the Coachella Valley. 

Said Alotto, when asked about the vision of the 150 Circle of Giving, “We envision financially supporting nonprofit organizations working to create a better community for all and to create awareness of their work so that they might receive additional financial and volunteer support.” In addition, the 150 Circle of Giving, Jack sees an organization where donors come together to learn about the nonprofit community and philanthropy.

The benefits of becoming a member of the 150 Circle of Giving are many. Members can nominate their favorite nonprofit each year and are invited to an annual event where they learn in-depth about nominees and participate in choosing one nonprofit for funding. Members also see how their collective giving turns into a major impact gift that supports nonprofit groups in the desert.

For more information about joining the Circle, visit here: www.150circleofgiving.com

The 150 Circle of Giving is currently managed by a group of six volunteers who are advisors. If you wish to be considered for an advisor position email Jack Alotto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to Help Residents Affected by the Sandalwood Fire

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Spreading across 800 acres, the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa has destroyed 76 homes in a mobile home park and damaged 14 structures. The fire has also forced 500 residents to evacuate from their homes, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in the months ahead. 

To support fire relief efforts in Calimesa, The Community Foundation is accepting online donations to:

Inland Empire Disaster Relief Fund (Riverside County) – Established in 2019 to provide relief funds to those affected by disasters in Riverside County.

Contributions will be directed to recovery efforts for those affected by the Sandalwood Fire.

Donors may also send checks made payable to The Community Foundation with “Sandalwood Fire” written in the memo line or make contributions from their donor-advised funds to the fund.

Send to:
The Community Foundation
3700 Sixth St., Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92501

IE Leaders Gather for Regions Rise Together in San Bernardino

Regions Rise Together is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, led by California Forward, with three goals: a process to gather input from stakeholders across California’s diverse regions, an opportunity to reinforce the State’s core values around inclusivity, sustainability and resilience, and an action plan to strengthen economic security, opportunity and mobility as well as to better connect inland California with the rest of the state.

news-riseRegions Rise Together kicked off in the Inland Empire on September 13 at California State University, San Bernardino. CEO Michelle Decker represented The Community Foundation and welcomed over 100 leaders from the IE who gathered for the first listening session, along with co-hosts IEEP’s Paul Granillo, and UCR’s Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan. More of these sessions are expected to take place in Kern County, San Joaquin Valley and Redding to gather input from important voices across California’s inland areas of the state.

Added Michelle, “Regions Rise is a good opportunity to partner with the State’s economic development and planning arms. Governor Newsom is investing in this effort because he wants the Inland regions to thrive. Today’s process allowed us to give a lot of feedback to his top staff directly – it was a good discussion and there is so much to share about the IE’s positive work.”

Regions Rise Together’s listening sessions will culminate in a report that will be shared during the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno on November 7 & 8.