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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According to Charity Navigator, 31 percent of all annual giving occurs during the month of December alone.  It certainly has been a popular time for giving at the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF).  Just last week, 15 VCCF Funds awarded 43 grants totaling $433,185.55 to local nonprofit organizations. We are also seeing an uptick in giving
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Dear VCCF Family, It is Friday, December 9th and I just gave the “go ahead” to launch our new website. How exciting!! By landing on this page, you have found our Blog, which is designed just for you. We want to make sure to share the good news of the Foundation, made possible by our
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