It is with a sad heart that I write to share the news of Hank Lacayo’s passing.  Having connected with many of you yesterday, I was reminded of the force of Hank and your memories are excellent reminders of his great legacy of service.  I do not have news of a service yet but will
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The entire Ventura County Community Foundation team is so excited to welcome Liege Ayub as Chief Volunteer!  Liege is an expert in finance, having served as CEO of a public pension in Brazil for many years.  Her volunteer work at the Foundation focuses on the financial health of our nonprofit sector in Ventura County and
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I can’t tell you enough how much I love this organization!  DRAGG or Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti is a 501c3 non-profit automotive after-school program located in Oxnard, California. I just love this innovative afterschool program in the City of Oxnard where Police Officers and people from the automotive industry mentor local high school students. 
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To commemorate Women’s History Month, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson honored eight women from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as the 19th Senate District’s 2017 Women of the Year.  We are so proud of Suz Montgomery for being one of these amazing women honored. As the press release sent out by Lisa Gardiner, Chief of Staff
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I just bought my tickets to attend the Make-A-Wish event this coming Friday evening.  As our newest neighbor in our building, my family has a very personal connection to the great work that they do. You see, my husband’s youngest daughter was granted her wish when she was fourteen years old – a camping trip
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Jacob Sipos was only five years old when he made his heartfelt commitment to saving lives, and serving other children with heart conditions like his.  Born with severe congenital heart disease, and diagnosed at 6 weeks old with four heart defects, Jacob had to undergo four open-heart surgeries by the age of 4. On his
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We are very excited to announce the appointment of our new Board Chair, Scott P. Hansen.  Scott serves as the Regional Managing Director of Wealth Management for the Santa Barbara and Westlake Village markets of Wells Fargo Bank. In that capacity, he oversees a team of more than 100 financial professionals from Paso Robles to Studio
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I’m not speaking about winter, although I am really enjoying the rainy weather and the fact there is so much snow in our California Mountains! This is the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) Scholarship Application Season! With the deadline fast approaching for all applications, the most common items in my Inbox lately are questions from
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We are now accepting grant applications for the Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics.  Please see below. The Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics was established in 1992 to enhance understanding of global intercultural and local multicultural environments through expanding acquaintance with artistic heritages beyond those of Euro-American concert traditions. The donor-advised fund
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On our homepage, we state, “VCCF partners with donors to maximize their philanthropic impact.” But, what does this really mean? The fundamental answer is, it depends. As someone who prefers more concrete specificity, it is with regret that there is not a more definitive response to offer you. The reasons for this is that philanthropy
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