The Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) is currently working in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. By partnering with these funders we have been able to make significant progress on some of the most complex issues facing our region.

Current Initiatives:


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CVCF and The James Irvine Foundation

CVCF is the fiscal agent and a driving force behind Cradle to Career Fresno County.

The project is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grant-making foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful, and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grant-making focuses on expanding economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.5 billion in grants to more than 3,600 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $2 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $74 million in 2015 for the people of California.


CVCF and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

CVCF began our partnership with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2007. Hewlett’s trust and investment in us has helped us develop expertise in teen pregnancy prevention (TPP), become a thought partner and strengthened our role as a community leader in the region. CVCF was awarded multi-year grants in 2007, 2010, and 2013. A supplemental grant was awarded in 2015. Read more…


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CVCF and S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

In spring 2015, CVCF began examining the impacts of the drought on San Joaquin Valley non-profit organizations that have been at the forefront of helping struggling individuals, families, and communities. The report, Beyond Almonds and Blonde Lawns, ends with conclusions and recommendations for how foundations and other investors can best assist CBOs to improve their impact and better serve vulnerable populations in the Valley.

The invitation to partner with The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation through the Community Foundation Water Cohort provides an opportunity to build upon the key recommendations of the 2016 report. The project will further the exploration of solutions to alleviate drought conditions in the Central Valley in the following ways: deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs)/Nonprofits, address immediate capacity needs to support ongoing work in the drought and facilitate opportunities to share the Central Valley story with the rest of California through an arts and marketing platform.