What This Community Foundation is Up to in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

With a geographic focus on the SoCal counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, the Community Foundation (TCF) has been putting a priority on health education, prevention, and early intervention lately. And Latinos and other underserved communities are at the heart of this support. Just east of Los Angeles, these two counties span 29,000 square miles and have been gaining the attention of lots of local philanthropists these days.

TCF has been on the grantmaking scene since 1941, when Charles Brouse established it as the Riverside Foundation to support Riverside City College students with tuition and scholarships. In 1979, the name changed to the Riverside Community Foundation and broadened to fund programs related to health, human services, civic benefit, and arts & culture. The service area broadened in 2000, when it became known more specifically as the Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. Today, the foundation has about $75 million in assets and around 338 charitable donor funds.

Some of the foundation’s grant recipients, such as the El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center, get most of their funding through government support. To fill in the gaps, this foundation funds things like staffing and training volunteers.

There are five program areas at The Community Foundation, which are:

  • Educational Scholarships
  • Health & Human Services
  • Civic & Environmental Benefit
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Families

Additionally, the foundation also connects nonprofits and community leaders on local environmental issues, youth causes, and arts & culture initiatives. Typical grantees include the Alzheimer’s Association, Girl Scouts, and the Samaritan Counseling Center. It also worked to reestablish the San Bernardino Arts Council, which fell apart after a funding crisis. Nonprofit capacity building has also been a big deal to this funder for the past five years.

The foundation is led by President/CEO, Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, Ph.D., who once headed the Riverside Arts and Cultural Affairs program. He leads a staff of 11. Current grant opportunities for Southern California nonprofits can be found on the foundation’s Grant Schedule page. Upcoming deadlines involve several community funds and youth grantmakers funds.

As there isn’t much in the way of news updates or blog posts on the foundation website, the best way to keep up with this funder is by contacting the Riverside, Coachella, or San Bernardino staff via email at info@thecommunityfoundation.net