We are delighted to share with you that the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Center for Effective Philanthropy and Santa Barbara Foundation have partnered with The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County to offer nonprofit workshops to our region! Please see below for important details:

Workshops offered by the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Center for Effective Philanthropy:

Workshops will focus on DEI, nonprofit financial health, transitioning out of COVID-19 and so much more! Sessions will be available on a limited first-come, first serve basis. We have covered the costs for San Luis Obispo nonprofits to participate until the end of December. This partnership is a trail period for both partners and towards the end of the calendar year I’ll be reaching out to you for feedback. Monterey has requested that all inquires be directed to me, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at cassandra@cfsloco.org.

Since seating is limited please do not register unless you can attend BOTH workshops. When registering please indicate that you are a SLO participant and use code “SLO2021” to have the fee waived. To register, go here.

Workshops and resources offered by Santa Barbara Foundation:

The Santa Barbara Foundation has launched a new FREE Peer Learning Series on Organizational Wellness which you can find on their calendar of events – these are open to all nonprofits to attend. I highly recommend attending the CSI Peer Learning Convening: Organizational Wellness in Times of Transition which is an ongoing peer learning lab. The series will highlight: healthy governance, organizational culture, fiscal health and more. To learn more and register, please go to: https://www.sbfoundation.org/sbf-event/csi-peer-learning-convening-organizational-wellness-in-time-of-transition/.

Santa Barbara Foundation’s Collaboration for Social Impact has also curated an impressive catalog or resources to help individuals develop their organization and professional career. To access the resource library, go here. Please note that all in-person trainings and access to the free one-year subscription to CalNonprofits is limited to Santa Barbara County nonprofits only.

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.


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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