Center for Community
The Center for Community (C4C) is a collaboration hub for donors, nonprofits, philanthropy professionals and the local community. The C4C offers meeting spaces, workshops, shared research, leadership skills training and other resources that promote effective philanthropy and build stronger communities.
Our C4C serves as not only a place for the community to gather and to share, but underscores the commitment of the Central Valley Community Foundation as a leader and partner. Through engaging and connecting people, the cornerstones of effective community building, we are creating a brighter future for our region.
Opportunities and Activities Include:
Meeting spaces for local Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) free of charge and available during business hours
- Monthly programming and workshops for CBO staff and board members
- Educational opportunities and guidance for donors
- Dedicated research library and free access to national and regional data
- Local artist exhibits
Each month we host a community conversation on a current topic of interest and/or concern in our region. We put together a knowledgeable group of presenters with specific expertise in the subject matter and encourage dialog between the audience and the panel. Animated discussions and interesting exchanges of ideas and perspectives leave participants with new connections and much to think about.
C4C Advisory Committee and CBO network
As part of our engagement work we invited a group of CBO leaders to meet regularly at the Center for Community. This invitation resulted in the formation of the C4C Advisory Committee and the CBO Network. The effort has been gratifying and significant. The Advisory Committee helps guid programming end events at the C4C and the CBO Network meets monthly. Having the opportunity to learn from one another in a collaborative atmosphere helps leaders find ways to leverage resources and better navigate the challenges they face.
In 2017, we will be offering a series of classes in partnership with BoardSource a national organization that works to strengthen board leadership. BoardSource provides the curriculum and we will engage local professional to present the classes.
The Board Governance classes will include: basic responsibilities, legal responsibilities, financial and fundraising responsibilities. The Board Governance Series also covers important topics like: individual roles of board members, providing oversight, ensuring necessary resources and how a high functioning board operates.
Center for Research
At CVCF, we know that having access to impartial, transparent, verifiable and measurable data is critical to fostering effective philanthropy. Having access to the latest research is also a valuable tool in our work. We put together our Center for Research in order to share critical information with everyone in the sector. Located in our Fresno office and available during business hours we offer access to GrantStation, Foundation Center and Lynda.com
CVCF has rooms available for nonprofit use during our normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).