The Community Foundation is both a catalyst and a connector, serving generous people like you who want to make a difference in our community and beyond. We encourage support for nonprofit agencies and connect donors with the issues that matter to them.

We work with hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses who have chosen to donate through the Foundation or create charitable funds either during their lifetimes or through estate plans. We are a permanent source of philanthropic support for the entire San Luis Obispo County region.

  • We provide personalized and specialized services tailored to your charitable goals, whether they be local or not.
  • Our nearly 25 years of experience has positively impacted the community, with more than 300 charitable funds awarding more than $56 million of charitable grants and scholarships in support of important charitable work throughout our region.
  • We accept a variety of assets, and steward charitable gifts by making grants and scholarships.


When you become a part of The Community Foundation family, we make an impact together.

Make an Impact


Create a Legacy Fund


Charitable Giving

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What is a Community Foundation

How We Can Serve You

One of the unique services we offer to our donors is the Donor Education Program. Our virtual sessions, Happy Hour with Heidi, allow donors to learn more about a single issue of need in our community and what a nonprofit agency is seeing. These are interactive, conversations held via Zoom. Some examples of past sessions include Dr. James Brescia, SLO County Superintendent of Schools, discussing how schools adapted to pandemic learning; the new demographics of those facing food insecurity;  how arts-based nonprofits have changed their programs. We also offer in-person sessions through the  In Our Backyard education series. Each presentation is different and features interactive and engaging speakers from one or more agencies talking about issues in our community. Below are examples of some of the past In Our Backyard events hosted by the Foundation.


Every Girl Has A Voice


Children’s Farmers Market


Meet a Sea Star & Pacific Wildlife





Connect With Us
Cecelia Mazelin (805) 543-2323