nonprofit-photoVentura County is home to thousands of nonprofit organizations.  These organizations have missions they strive to advance and protect everyday – but what about 10 years from now?

Charitable organizations committed to providing services for the long-term will be immeasurably strengthened by a permanent endowment program.

Endowment funds help stabilize operations and allow for long-range financial planning.  They also provide for a reliable source of income for the life of an organization.

Start your endowment fund today!

  • Supplement annual operating programs beyond current year funding.
  • Allocate seed money for new programs which cannot be supported through normal annual campaign funds.
  • Accumulate funds to replace and renew physical facilities.
  • Help sustain an organization in case of emergency or economic crisis.
  • Promote an agency across a wider range of constituents and supporters.
  • Provide a vehicle for planned or deferred gifts from donors.

*For more information, or to open a fund, please contact Jim Rivera, Chief Compliance Officer, at

Setting up an agency endowment with VCCF is simple. All that is required is:

  • A name for your fund.
  • A purpose for your fund, such as what programs you wish to support.
  • Approval of your Board and the minutes that reflect that approval.
  • A copy of your Articles of Incorporation.

Can nonprofit agencies be fund holders?

Yes! Many nonprofit agencies have started funds at VCCF in order to stabilize their operations and allow for long-range financial planning. For more information on how a fund could benefit your organization, please contact Jim Rivera, Chief Compliance Officer, at

Can individual donors establish a fund specifically to support us?

Yes! VCCF is home to many Designated Funds. Once established, these funds can be used for the benefit of one or more specific public charities.

How can I access the VCCF Resource Library?

Please set up an appointment with one of our helpful staff by contacting Susan Seale, Manager of Special Projects, at Please note that available library hours are: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.

Guide for Grantseekers

Each year, the Ventura County Community Foundation awards grants for all areas of community need. Grant dollars are derived from designated funds, donor advised funds, endowment funds, field-of-interest funds, special funds and greatest needs funds.

VCCF accepts proposals only in response to an open Request for Proposals (RFP).

Competitive Grant Cycles

Only certain funds are open to application. All Request for Proposals are publicly announced and specifically describe the focus areas for which proposals are being sought. The VCCF looks for projects where a moderate amount of grant money may affect a significant result, and where there is a well-planned and/or new approach to solving community problems. We encourage proposals with cooperation and partnering among charitable organizations.

Grant Limitations

Grants will not be made for political or partisan purposes, religious activities, general operating shortfalls, endowment funds, annual fund drives, or budget deficits. We do not consider individuals for funding except through our scholarship program.

Although Donor Advised Funds may recommend grants anywhere in the world, the VCCF Competitive Grants Program makes grants only to nonprofit organizations that serve Ventura County.

Build Community, Give a Grant
The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation, a support organization of VCCF, was established by Martin “Bud” Smith and his wife Martha, leading land and business developers in Ventura County for more than 50 years. Joining VCCF in 1994, their grantmaking seeks to achieve significant, lasting positive changes for individuals and communities of Ventura County, with a focus in Oxnard.

capcam7Library for Nonprofit Research and Development

The VCCF is home to the Library for Nonprofit Research and Development with over 1,000 print publications, books and periodicals on nonprofit management topics as well as a database for grantseekers.

The resources of the library consist of two main collections:

  • The Collection for Excellence in Nonprofit Management
    Houses books and periodicals on nonprofit management, nonprofit start-up, board development, volunteerism and other related topics.
  • The Helen M. Yunker Collection for Research and Development of Nonprofit Resources
    Includes titles focusing on fundraising, foundations and grants, and proposal writing. This collection also includes the Foundation Center database as well as their published materials.

The VCCF is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center has long been a leading provider of data covering all aspects of institutional philanthropy.  Visitors may access the Foundation Center’s online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional, with immediate access to over 140,000 grantmaker profiles, Philanthropy News, Requests for Proposals and Grantseeker Training.

These resources are not available at any other single location in Ventura County.
The library is open to the public, free of charge Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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