New partnership hopes to help nonprofits work smarter, not harder

A new public-private partnership between the Kern Community Foundation, the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Network for Good is designed to help local nonprofits become self-sustaining.

An informational town hall meeting Sept. 6 will begin the process of choosing up to five Kern County nonprofits, one from each supervisorial district, to take part in the Jumpstart program designed by NFG.

The five nonprofits that are chosen to take part in the program will receive 12 months of direct support from a personal fundraising coach and easy-to-use, all-in-one software from NFG, a Washington D.C.-based company.

NFG designed the Jumpstart program as a revenue generation model that weds the high-touch nurturing and cultivation of long-term relationships with individual donors to the high-tech use of donor development software, to help charities diversify and expand general operating dollars, according to a news release from the Kern County Foundation.

"Jumpstart is the perfect complement to our Give Big Kern Initiative,” said foundation president and CEO Kristen Beall, in the news release. “Participating organizations will be exposed to a great technology platform through personalized one-on-one coaching sessions and hopefully be able to more fully engage the community contacts they developed during their Give Big Kern fundraising efforts. Jumpstart will give them the ability to work smarter, not harder, by building upon the important fundraising work they have already begun."

The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at the Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K St., Room 101.

For more information, contact Louis Medina, community impact manager for the Kern Community Foundation at (661) 616-2603 or

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