We are excited to partner with the Community Foundation for Monterey County‘s Center for Nonprofit Excellence to provide virtual workshops for San Luis Obispo County nonprofit partners. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides resources for nonprofit staff, board and volunteers to think strategically and function more effectively. We are grateful for their generosity to extend these nonprofit resources to all of you.

To learn more about the types of virtual workshops they offer and to sign up for the webinars, please visit their website. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that not all of the workshops are available to SLO County organizations. When registering, please be sure to sign up as a “SLO Registrant.”

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Cassandra Wagner by email at Cassandra@CFSLOCO.com or call 805-543-2323. To respect the time of our partners at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, we kindly ask that you do not contact them directly with questions.

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Additional Resources and Available Data

  • The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County “How Are We Doing?”: A Summary of Community Data on San Luis Obispo County: (we can include link to the PDF once we make it publicly available) The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County retained Diringer and Associates to conduct a review and analysis of existing data on San Luis Obispo County. The review summarizes the key findings as they pertain to The Foundation’s program Areas of Focus: youth, health, housing, environment, arts and culture, and capacity building. This information is intended to be used by community members, partners, Foundation staff, Foundation Board, and various Foundation leadership committees.
  • California Healthy Kids Survey: The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors and school climate in the nation. Across California the CHKS has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students’ health behaviors and academic performance and is frequently cited by state policymakers and the media as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention and youth development programs.
  • Growing Together Initiative Community Survey Report: In 2001, to identify the issues and service needs of the local LGBTQ community, the Growing Together Advisory Committee developed and administered a Community Survey . The Survey was administered again in 2008. Along with identifying service needs, the Survey has provided a method for gathering information about the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQI community, local community involvement, and local support for LGBTQ individuals, through organizations and sources of information. The 2014 Survey was administered once again and distributed throughout SLO County both electronically and in print.
  • SLO Health Counts: SLO Health Counts is a one-stop source of population data and community health information for San Luis Obispo County. This includes research-based promising practices for each health indicator.
  • United Way Real Cost Measure: Statewide report published by United Way on financial challenges for working families. Data is presented on a statewide and county specific level.
  • Vital Signs: The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. As defined, the project goals are:
    • Raise public awareness of human needs, changing trends, emerging issues and community problems;
    • Provide accurate, credible and valid information on an ongoing basis to human services planners and those providing funds;
    • Provide information for individual institutions to guide decision-making about creation, management, and redesign of programs;
    • Establish community goals using measurable Quality-of-Life Indicators that will lead to positive, healthy development for individuals, families and communities;
    • Develop and support collaborative action plans to achieve the community goals.

Contact Cassandra Wagner, the Foundation’s Director of Grants & Programs at Cassandra@cfsloco.org if you have any questions about eligibility, program fit, or the grantmaking program.

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Heidi H. McPherson Chief Executive Officer (805) 543-2323