Welcome to SLOCCF
San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation
Everyone has a passion that benefits neighbors. How can we help you turn your passion into community action?
Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation website. We work to enhance the quality of life of all residents of San Luis Obispo County, California, and focus our activities on the needs of the residents of the County. We do this by supporting local nonprofits, helping people donate money strategically, and building endowments for future generations.
Through the vision and guidance of the original founders in 1998, the Community Foundation has raised the impact of charitable giving to new heights in the local community. The Community Foundation has grown its endowment to $30 million, granted over $21 million to the community, and awarded more than 600 scholarships, worth more than $1 million.
Our programs and services fill gaps between the programs of other non-profits, businesses, and government agencies. Some of our current programs are helping youth make positive choices and stay away from gang life; fostering literacy skills in children of low-income families; and helping coordinate services available to homeless people in the Five Cities region.
We have created supporting organizations and programs to help donors support the emerging needs in our communities: the Real Estate Foundation facilitates the sale of donated real estate to charities designated by the donor, and Charitable Gift Annuities enable donors to establish a legacy with as little as $10,000.
Please contact us to find out how we can work with you to make our community better.
Barry VanderKelen, Executive Director
How We Work
The Community Foundation helps people turn their passion into community action in numerous ways:
- Some people help increase philanthropy throughout the county through the Leadership Fund
- Some invest in current and future generations through the Community Needs Fund
- Some focus on a particular area or cause through Field of Interest Funds, like scholarships
- Some recommend specific grants through Donor Advised Funds
Combined, all donors actively improve the quality of life for all residents of San Luis Obispo County.