In Our Backyard Donor Education Event

Please join us at our next In Our Backyard donor education session. We will host SLO County Counts – the 2020 Census on Thursday, February 27 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Did you know that if just 1% of California residents are not counted, California will miss $770 million in federal funding and possibly lose a congressional seat. It is important for SLO County to accurately determine who lives here so that we have adequate services for our residents. Our conversation with local agencies will focus on the critical nature of an accurate 2020 Census in San Luis Obispo County, and how they will be able to reach the hard to count populations. This event will take place at The Community Foundation office with light refreshments served.

We look forward to hearing from 5 Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC), First 5 San Luis Obispo County, and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), about their outreach and why the 2020 Census count counts! A panel Question & Answer session will follow the presentations. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, February 24 to Cecelia Mazelin at or 805-543-2323.

SLO County Counts – 2020 Census
Thursday, February 27, 2020
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Women’s Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon – Sept. 24, 2020

Image of the audience at the 2019 Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon

The 18th annual Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon will be held at noon on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Each year approximately 700 community members come together to celebrate the impact of the Women’s Legacy Fund grantmaking and learn about the challenging issues that the women and girls of our community are facing each day. There will also be a keynote speaker that will inspire our audience to make a positve impact in our community. Attendees come away from this luncheon understanding the power and active role you can play in supporting and empowering women and girls in San Luis Obispo County and beyond.

Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online at after June 15, 2020. For more information about the Women’s Legacy Fund click here.

Professional Advisors Luncheon – October 29, 2020

The Professional Advisors Luncheon is important annual educational and networking opportunity will place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo. This luncheon is open to local professional advisors to keep abreast of topics related to the fields of philanthropy and community leadership. Each year, this event brings together more than 150 attendees at which keynote speakers share their experiences in the fields of both finance and charitable giving.

For information about sponsorship opportunities click here or contact Cecelia Mazelin at 805-543-2323 or Tickets to the 2020 Professional Advisors Luncheon will be available for purchase at $75 per ticket on in early September.

Foundation Sponsors Screenings at SLO Film Festival March 17-22, 2020

Poster for WLF Screening of Film Afghan Cycles

Each year the Foundation supports the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival by sponsoring film screenings that highlight issues important to our community. This year is the 26th anniversary of the festival from March 17-22 and we are proud to have the Women’s Legacy Fund and the Growing Together Initiative Fund sponsor the following impactful documentaries. 

For more information go to or click on movie images below. Tickets are available for purchase online and will also be sold at the venue on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info call 805-546-3456.

Women of Distinction Awards Event March 19, 2020

Women of Distinction logo
Women of Distinction logo

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Women’s Legacy Fund and Cuesta College partner each March to celebrate the recipients of the Women of Distinction awards. The awards honor four Central Coast women for their professional and civic contributions. The honorees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. The ceremony and awards celebrate Women’s History Month (March) and recognize the contribution that women have made in the areas of volunteering in the community and in their professions across San Luis Obispo County. To read more about the awards and past recipients, please go to

2020 Women of Distinction Award Honorees:

Community and Public Service, Professional: Patricia Ashbaugh

Community and Public Service, Volunteer: Jeannie Malik

Progress for Women: Jan Howell Marx

Grace N. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement: Shirley Bianchi

The event will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm in Building 5400, Room 5401. Parking will be free in Lot #2. Tickets are $25 each and food, tea and coffee will be served. Tickets must be purchased online in advance at To read more about the awards and past recipients, please go to

2020 Spring Grant Cycle Opens January 31

The Foundation’s grants program provides a diverse range of opportunities for nonprofit organizations that directly address community needs identified by local needs assessments. Nonprofits may submit proposals for a number of funding opportunities. The grant program consists of three grant cycles: Community Needs, Community Focus and Community Strength. Each of these focus on various program and interest areas. Our spring 2020 grant cycle will become available on January 31st and will close on March 31st at 5:00pm. For more information go to our Nonprofits webpage.

CFSLOCO Grants - Spring 2020