Power of Purpose – December 19, 2019

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Helping Our Neighbors

VCCF Disaster Recovery Update


This month, VCCF is awarding $500,000 in direct cash assistance to families impacted by the Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey Fires. VCCF is also collecting contributions to the Conejo Valley Victims Fund for the Borderline tragedy. Checks will be mailed in early January 2020.

Caregiving Collaborative

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Being a family caregiver is a vital role to vulnerable members in our community. It is a staggering statistic, but recent research by Dr. Jamshid Damooei from Cal Lutheran estimates that by 2050, every other person in Ventura County will be a caregiver – a dramatic increase from today!

A collaborative effort has been formed with local hospitals to help increase support and training these family caregivers to receive, and VCCF is very proud to announce $678,750 in financial commitments to three local hospitals to be paid over three-years for the Family Caregiver Navigation Project.

Read “The Future of Caregiving for an Aging Population” Report

Recently, VCCF published Dr. Jamshid Damooei’s report on caregiving in Ventura County entitled, “The Future of Caregiving for an Aging Population.” This report provides extensive information from multiple national and regional surveys about the needs of caregivers and how they can be effectively assisted.

Click the link below to download the full report.

Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation Recognized at Veteran’s Court Ceremony

The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation was recently recognized at a ceremony in which the Ventura County Veterans Intervention Court became the “Judge Colleen Toy White Veterans Court Treatment Program.” The court hears criminal cases of veterans who may be suffering some physical or psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
For many years, the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation has granted funds to support the position of a court liaison between the veteran’s court and the veteran’s treatment programs throughout the county.

Ventura County Counts Grantmaking 

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VCCF and the County of Ventura recently awarded more than $500,000 to Community Based Organizations throughout the county. The purpose of the grants are to support and provide educational outreach activities to hard-to-count populations as part of the 2020 Census for Ventura County.


The deadline for the next round of funding is January 15, 2020.
Applicants can apply here https://venturacountycounts.org/funding/

Spaces Still Available for 2020 Institutes


Center for Nonprofit Leadership is offering two outstanding Institutes in 2020. These programs have proven transformational for many Ventura County organizations. Applications are still being accepted for the Board Leadership Institute and the Nonprofit Resiliency Institute. If you are interested, don’t delay, as spaces are filling up.

Geared for teams of board and staff, these institutes provide immersive learning experiences about nonprofit best practices that will improve the way your organization operates.

Learn more about the Board Leadership Institute and the Nonprofit Resiliency Institute programs at these links.

Meet Alyssa Torkelson at VCCF!


VCCF is thrilled to have Alyssa Torkelson on the team! Alyssa Torkelson serves as the Junior Accountant at VCCF, where she works closely with the team to accomplish its mission to promote and enable philanthropy to improve our community. If you have any questions about about receiving or issuing payments, Alyssa is your go-to for answers!

Please learn more about Alyssa here.



VCCF Scholarship Season is Open!


This year’s scholarship application season is now open! Through the generosity of local donors, the Ventura County Community Foundation is able to partner with local students to help them reach their career and educational goals. Every year VCCF awards approximately $1.3 million in scholarships and offers 80+ scholarships to choose from!

The deadline to submit your application is January 26, 2020.

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