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Center for Nonprofit Leadership

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership, a program of the Ventura County Community Foundation, aims to strengthen the leadership, management, and long-term stability of the local nonprofit sector. Through the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, VCCF can partner directly with nonprofit organizations. We work together to transform the leaders and organizations that serve our region, helping to underscore how our local nonprofits continue to make a difference in people’s lives. We aim to engage, learn, and transform the nonprofit sector.

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Ventura County Civic Alliance

The mission of the Ventura County Civic Alliance is to promote a healthy and sustainable future for the Ventura County region. The Alliance is a coalition of civic leaders with a shared commitment to bringing the economic, environmental and social equity interests of our region together to address priority community issues, increase civic engagement, and build community leadership.

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Destino Hispanic Legacy Fund

Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund was established in 1996 at VCCF by a group of local leaders. It became the only permanent endowment in Ventura County to support the needs of the Latino community. In 2006, Destino also launched the Destino Scholarship Fund, which provides support to first generation Latino students pursuing a college education. Currently, Destino is in the second of three grant cycles focusing on increasing college preparedness for Latino high school students.

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Women's Legacy Fund

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations providing opportunities for the economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and girls in Ventura County.

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Heritage Fund

The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Heritage Fund was established as an endowed grantmaking fund to provide opportunities for local nonprofits to have the resources and time to study and document the County’s heritage, share who we are, and how our county has grown and prospered. The Heritage Fund celebrates Ventura County’s unique history beginning in the early times and will continue throughout the years in the future.

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Farm Worker Housing Fund

Supports efforts that will preserve, enhance and increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for agricultural workers in Ventura County. This program was launched with a generous grant from Washington Mutual and contributions from other donors.

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ArtsLIVE in Ventura County

ArtsLIVE Ventura County is a three-year initiative, in partnership with the James Irvine Foundation’s Communities Advancing the Arts, and focused on several outcomes:

  1. Heightening the visibility of art produced in Ventura County through grantmaking, with attention to the role of artists in building community, and to art produced by and for youth, seniors and traditionally under-represented groups.
  2. Gathering the arts and broader community in a series of public convenings to study, learn and strategize around key issues important to sustaining the arts in Ventura County.
  3. Creation of an endowed Young Artists Scholarship Fund.
  4. Training series for arts nonprofit staff, volunteers and boards aimed at expanding their ability to engage, sustain and grow donors.

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Ventura Nursing Legacy Project

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) was selected as one of the first 10 foundations nationwide - and the only one in California in the first funding round- to participate in a new national initiative to develop and test solutions to America's nursing shortage. VCCF has partnered with California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) to develop strategies to address the structural issues around nursing capacity to serve our population.

The goal of the project is to determine priority issues around nursing in Ventura County and to develop a common set of sustainable long-term strategies to address recruitment, health policy and diversity in the nursing profession, with emphasis on developing funding strategies for the Ventura County region. Working in partnership with CSUCI, the initiative focuses on:

  • Determining priority issues for the region through interaction with nursing leaders and professionals
  • Engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors through symposia and a nursing summit
  • Educating other funders about priority issues and developing funding strategies to address these issues
  • Working with the other Partners Investing in Nursing Committee (PINC) partners to create models that link funders to community priorities around nursing issues

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Scholarship Program
SUN (Special & Urgent Needs Fund) Fund

SUN Fund: Special and Urgent Needs Fund
Provides funds that respond quickly to urgent or emergency needs where a small investment will make a big difference. This is accomplished by providing grants up to $5,000 to support immediate, one-time needs. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Note: Organizations are only eligible to receive SUN Fund support once in any twelves month period.

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Ventura County Veterans Fund

The Ventura County Veterans Fund, established on Veterans Day 2010, helps provide employment assistance, counseling, education and housing to veterans returning to Ventura County.

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