Sherman Oaks, California, December 13, 2017 – The Community Foundation of the Valleys (CFV), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspire, encourage and facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valley communities (the Valleys) held their first annual Give Back, Give Local Reception on December 5th which was graciously hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital.
While the Skirball, Rye, and Creek fires raged in the valleys there was still a good turn-out for the Reception where everyone celebrated the excellent work and impact of organizations in our communities.
Grants were given to: Carousel Ranch for their horse therapy and vocational programs; Fire Family Foundation for being first responders to fire victims’ immediate needs, Hope of the Valley for their homeless post-hospital rehabilitation and care, ONE Generation for their intergenerational programs, and the Santa Clarita Coalition for essential needs of homeless Vets.
In addition, the Community Foundation of the Valleys partnered with Executive Service Corporation (ESC) and Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR) to launch a the first Valley Giving Leadership Education Scholarship. The scholarship was given to Executive Service Corporation to benefit a Valley Beth Hillel leader to attend a year-long institute program with a leadership coach.
“With the region served by CFV being home to more than 2.2 million residents, we have a unique opportunity to improve the futures of so many in need,” said Tamara Gurney, chair of the CFV Board of Directors. “As many local nonprofits struggle to fund their services, CFV is more determined than ever to serve as the vital conduit between donors and community needs by encouraging the generosity and support of the Valleys’ residents.”
CFV is driven to facilitate beneficial social change in the valley areas through their “Valley Giving Legacy” program. They customize “Give Back, Give Local” plans to meet the philanthropic needs of each of their donors.
Like any new organization focused on building the community, CFV seeks individuals, businesses and organizations who are passionate about building a strong culture of giving in our Valleys.
In addition to continuing to build its assets and donor base, key priorities for CFV are educating and partnering with professional financial and estate advisors, working with corporations and their giving plans, gifting grants to local nonprofits in the Valleys. CFV’s “Give Back, Give Local” priorities are animals, arts, capacity building, children and youth, disaster relief, education, environment, healthcare, homelessness, poverty, seniors and veterans.
For more information on CFV, visit ValleyGiving.org
About Community Foundations
The central purpose of a community foundation is to serve the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to better their community, both now and in the future. Community foundations do this by providing donors with flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving achieves the greatest possible impact, such as by building endowment funds for a community through contributions large and small over a period of time. Most community foundation assets are held in separate funds established by local individuals, families, businesses, or
charitable institutions and are overseen by the foundation board of directors. The IRS recognizes community foundations as tax-exempt public charities, as they receive support from the general public and their boards broadly represent the areas served.
S. Brigette Loden, CFRE
Executive Director, Community Foundation of the Valleys