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The Women's and Girls' Fund at Kern Community Foundation Reaches Fundraising Milestone


by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
The endowment of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund at Kern Community Foundation, a social change grant-making fund for women and girls in Kern County, surpassed $2 million with the fulfillment of a 2:1 Match Pledge. This fund has grown in value from $1.4 Million to more than $2 Million in less than a year, since a generous matching gift challenge from former Bakersfield resident and fund founder Judi McCarthy provided the impetus to meet that highly coveted landmark.

“It’s philanthropy multiplied!” Kay Pitts, Vision Committee Chair for The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, says. “With the match pledge completed, the endowment surpasses $2 million, thereby generating larger, more impactful grants to nonprofits serving local women and girls. We can’t thank Judi enough for her generosity and commitment to helping the women and girls in Kern County. And we also acknowledge the contributions from our amazing community.”

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund was launched in 2005 as a leadership initiative of Kern Community Foundation. It is primarily a volunteer effort guided by the leadership of the Vision Committee and Community Advisors. Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise with the powerfully simple mission of “Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.”

For more information, please visit www.kernfoundation.org.

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