Ventura 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Fiscal Sponsorship Policy
Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status as designated by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for grants using a fiscal sponsor.
Click here to review our fiscal sponsorship information.
Current Requests for Proposal
Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation
The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation was established in 1984 with the assets of the sale of the Oxnard Community Hospital to Republic Health Corporation. Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation awards grants to agencies that provide health services to Ventura County residents. The Foundation was named in recognition and honor of Dr. Floyd J. Swift and his wife, Ida Swift, who both made significant contributions to the quality of life in Ventura County.
The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation that contracts with VCCF for administrative, investment, and staffing services.
The Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation has two grant cycles. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15 each year.
Please note that applications must be submitted online at the following link:
Questions about grants may be sent to Phylene Wiggins, Vice President of Community Investments & Partnerships, at email@example.com or (805) 330-6672.
The Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund
The Smith-Hobson Foundation, a small family foundation established in 1964, created a donor-advised fund at the Ventura County Community Foundation in 1991. The Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund focuses on educational and cultural projects and activities of locally based organizations that benefit the local community.
The Smith-Hobson Foundation supports arts and cultural projects, such as those associated with museums, historical societies, fine and performing arts, and arts education and access, in western Ventura County. The board of the Smith-Hobson Foundation may solicit or recommend grants outside of these funding priorities and/or with a broader geographic focus; such grants will be solicited directly by the Smith-Hobson Foundation.
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization
- Have active board of directors
- Show financial viability
- Demonstrate capacity to conduct the project to be funded
Funds will not be granted for religious activities or for political purposes.
DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted through the VCCF Grants portal by Friday, October 23, 2020.
Questions about the grant program should be directed to Phylene Wiggins, Vice President of Community Investments & Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics
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 will consider applications from schools and from organizations established to present concerts for the public to support performances of non-Western classical and folk musics by bearers of these traditions, and of contemporary compositions for traditional or Western instruments inspired by and incorporating elements of these musics.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Time from receipt of application to decision is approximately 2-3 months. If funding request is related to a specific event or concert, please submit your proposal at least 3 months before performance date.
Hill-Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund
The Hill and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund was established in late 2018 to provide a speedy funding response for organizations addressing immediate needs arising from the fires.
Applications can be found here.
Non-profit organizations that are addressing mid and long-term recovery needs should contact Phylene Wiggins, Vice President of Community Investments, for information about funding. (embed a link with my email: email@example.com)
Library 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.
The library is open to the public, free of charge, by appointment, Monday-Friday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Please call or email Tara de Bortnowsky to schedule an appointment at 805-330-6668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.