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Field of Interest Funds

By establishing a field of interest fund, you can target your gift to address needs in a specific area of community life; such as arts and culture; environment; youth; and families; education; community and neighborhood development; social justice; health and medicine; animal welfare; environment historic preservation…or other specific interests you may have. You identify your personal interest area when making your gift and our board makes grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the area you select. Your gift stays flexible enough to meet community needs in your interest area, even as they change over time.

While you define the field of interest for your fund when you create it, we take care of the maintenance. We continually monitor community needs so you can be sure grants made in the name of the fund make the most impact in your field of interest and create your personal legacy of giving.

Please use the links below to find out more about some of our featured field-of-interest funds.

  • Art Inspires! Fund - was established by a gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and is the perfect fund for donors who wish to support art grants that are responsive and flexible to the needs of local arts organizations.
  • Environmental Grant Fund - support is provided to local organizations working towards the betterment of the environment or ecology of San Luis Obispo County as a part of our General Grants Program.
  • Growing Together Initiative Fund - grants are provided for the Growing Together Initiative to address issues and service needs of the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
  • Health Programs Endowment Fund - addresses the health care needs of the County by providing grants to local eligible organizations that provide health care.
  • Access for All Fund - supports the annual Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards that were established in honor of local architect Paul Wolff. These annual awards recognize and honor those who strive to make San Luis Obispo County a barrier-free community.
  • Women's Legacy Fund - the only endowment fund in the County which targets the needs of women and girls alone. Only the earnings are spent each year, allowing the fund to contribute to the community over time.

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If you are interested in supporting one of these field of interest funds, you can do so now on our website. If you would like to establish a fund of your own and like more information please contact us.

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