COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SAN BENITO COUNTY

For Good... For Ever!

aka Community Foundation for San Benito County   |   Hollister, CA   |  www.GiveSanBenito.org

Mission

The Community Foundation for San Benito County is dedicated to building a stronger community and enhancing the quality of life in San Benito County through support of philanthropic activities.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Gary Byrne

Main address

829 San Benito Street, Suite 200

Hollister, CA 95023 USA

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EIN

77-0312582

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Community Foundation for San Benito County was established to provide a mechanism for locally directed philanthropic activity to help support the nonprofit community serving our County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Leadership

The Community Foundation for San Benito County offers workshops for Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations, bringing together leaders in our community, working together to help make San Benito County a better place to live.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Foundation offers an annual grant cycle for nonprofit organizations providing services in San Benito County. Grant applications are considered for the following project areas:
Agriculture Preservation - Supporting programs which sustain our robust farmland, and promoting our agriculture community
•Environment - Supporting programs which promote the best environmental practices for the well-being of our community
•Arts & Culture - Supporting new and traditional forms of visual and performing arts through education and experience
•Community Enhancement - Providing an enduring impact through the civic and historical aspects of community life
•Economic Development - Supporting projects and initiatives that lead to economic growth and prosperity for the community
•Education & Youth - Supporting programs which enhance learning and impact knowledge, skills, and attitudes
•Health & Social Services - Improving health and providing for basic needs and social service programs

Population(s) Served

The Community Foundation oversees a number of Scholarship funds that provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors seeking to continue their education at community colleges, state colleges, and universities. Scholarships are also available for trade schools.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Each year, the Community Foundation for San Benito County proudly celebrates National Philanthropy Day. Approximately 45 local community volunteers are honored at this event, complete with introductions of the honorees and Proclamations by representatives from San Benito County and the City of Hollister.

Population(s) Served

San Benito GIVES is a team fundraising event in San Benito County to raise financial support for participating nonprofits, advancing their mission, as well as the needs of others in our community. The event, hosted by the Community Foundation for San Benito County, benefits nonprofit organizations in our region by joining together for a pre-determined period of time, connecting donors to charitable causes they care about most.

Each participating nonprofit organization is challenged to increase their existing donor contributions and obtain new donors by boosting the level of awareness and engagement through word of mouth, social media, and organizational newsletters.

The goal of San Benito Gives is to provide a new platform of giving and build a stronger network between nonprofit organizations, donors, and San Benito County residents.

Population(s) Served

The Women's Fund Advisory Committee presents this workshop to address a need and to help women learn the tools to be in control of their financial well-being. This course is offered in a small group format and addresses the following topics:
Budgeting - How to budget, how to read a financial statement, important documents to keep, debt management and more.
Financial Planning - Investment and retirement accounts and life insurance basics.
Estate Planning - Estate planning, family trusts and asset protection.

Population(s) Served

The Community Foundation hosts executive directors of nonprofit organizations serviceing san Benito County to a quarterly breakfast meeting at a local restaurant. The format of the meeting includes an educational guest speaker, and time for each participant to share news and information about their nonprofit organization to the group.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundation 2020

Audit 2020

Awards

Community Spirit Award 2011

Gavilan College

Affiliations & memberships

League of California Community Foundations 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These figures represent a total of donor fund grants, scholarships, and Community Foundation grants.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These figures represent the total amount awarded from donor funds, scholarship funds and Community Foundation directed funds.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The figures represent the total number of grants awarded from donor advised funds, scholarship funds, and Community Foundation Board directed funds.

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Endowed funds include donor advised funds, scholarship funds, nonprofit organization funds, and Community Foundation Board directed funds.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Build the Foundation's assets.
2. Serve as a key resource for local Nonprofit organizations.
3. Continue to develop grantmaking efforts and increase impact.
4. Expand our role as a community leadership organization.

1. To move towards sustainability through growing the endowment, planned gifts and bequests, and growing our grant funding ability to increase the impact of the Foundation.

2. To encourage nonprofit effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability as they address the broad range of community needs.

3. To maximize impact of philanthropic investments, address "upstream" issues affecting community needs, and attract donors and funders to grow the community's charitable resources.

4. To identify and mobilize the community around prioritized needs and issues, establishing the Foundation as a valuable resource for community support and change.

1. Grow and expand asset development efforts with outreach to donors, families and professional advisors, leverage opportunities to increase our reputation and visibility, and to create a dynamic, sustainable, realistic business plan.

2. Offer technical assistance and training to our nonprofit partners, in addition to providing strategic, mission-focused funding, and foster an environment for collaboration and peer learning.

3. Increase our strategic focus for grants, explore proactive and initiative-based grantmaking, and expand opportunities to leverage Foundation grants.

4. Convene on key issues, building relationships with key community stakeholders to grown awareness and trust, and to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of the Foundation's work.

1. Over the past few years we have noted an increase in bequests and planned gifts, receiving over $3 million in this category in 2020.

2. The successful land purchase and current construction of our new philanthropic center will provide a home to us and for some of our many nonprofit organizations, and much needed community spaces. This building will help us better tell our story and communicate our place and value to the community.

3. We have implemented a dollar to dollar match in our grantmaking strategy to our local nonprofit organizations, helping them in their sustainability goals and efforts.

4. We have convened several groups over the past few years to do listening sessions on a variety of topics including:
Senior Citizens services, Special Needs Community Service providers, Community Leadership, Youth, Women's services, Economic Development organizations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We established a Compliance Committee to review all funds, develop new fund agreement documents, and execute new fund agreements for all funds to ensure continuity, completeness, and accuracy of information for each fund. This committee will periodically review all funds on a rotational basis to assure all requirements are being met as identified in the establishment of the fund. We used survey results in the early months of the pandemic to guide our Emergency Fund grant focus and grantmaking. We will use nonprofit participant survey results to inform and guide our plans for a future community-wide auction and/or day of giving in 2021.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SAN BENITO COUNTY
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SAN BENITO COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 6/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Marilyn Ferreira

Intero Real Estate

Term: 2019 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms. Rebecca Medeiros Wolf

No Affiliation

Mike Grace

Grace & Associates

Marilyn Ferreira

Intero Real Estate

Fernando Gonzalez

True Value Hardware

Alan Clark

Allison Rohnert

Beverely Meamber

Mickie Luna

Brent Redmond

Redmond Transportation Services

Chang So

Hollister Super

Damon Felice

Felice Consulting Services

Dohn Larson

Kathleen Sheridan

Sally Street Studios

Bill Tiffany

Balbas & Tiffany

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/21/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.