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Inland Empire Community Foundation is committed to delivering clear, helpful information about the work we do to create a thriving Inland Empire region. As a vital link between the Foundation and the press, IECF welcomes requests from the media related to philanthropy, emerging issues, Foundation programs and the Foundation itself. Please also explore our blog for the latest IECF news and upcoming events.
Inland Empire Community Foundation often releases information to the media regarding our charitable funds, donors, grantmaking, and community leadership.
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Former GO-Biz Leader Appointed to Executive Director of Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity Initiative (IEGO)
CIELO Fund at IECF Announces $280K in Inaugural Grants for Latino-led and serving organizations throughout IE
IECF Announces New Chair and Three Members to its Board of Directors
IECF Appoints New Regional Charitable Giving Officer for Coachella Valley
IECF Announces $1 Million Gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for Scholarship Fund for Employee Dependents
CIELO Fund: Call for Applications Now Open
IE Black Equity Fund: Call for Applications Now Open
IECF, Arts Connection, Riverside Arts Council, and CA Desert Arts Council Announce Record $4.7 Million Grant from California Arts Council for New State Arts Program that Targets High Priority Communities
IECF Launches the CIELO Fund to Uplift and Invest in Latino Led and Serving Organizations throughout the Region
IECF Announces $589,500 to 40 Nonprofits from Community Impact Fund
IECF Announces Partnership with Amazon for Earth Day 2022
IE Black Equity Fund Announces $740,000 in Grants to 16 Nonprofits
Inland Empire Community Foundation Selects New Senior Vice President of Charitable Giving
IECF Launches New Office of Policy & Engagement to Focus on Regional Priorities Together
Coachella Valley Award $6,000 to Nonprofits Serving Youth
Riverside Students Award $10,000 to Nonprofits Serving Youth
San Bernardino Students Award $10,000 to Nonprofits Serving Youth
The James Irvine Foundation Invests $2.7 Million in the First Phase of Just San Bernardino Collaborative Project
Inland Empire Community Foundation Opens 2021 Scholarship Program, Accepting Applications through May 3
IECF Announces Winners of the Lift Up Local Program, Awards $15,000 to Three IE Nonprofits
IE Black Equity Fund: Call for Proposals Now Open
Inland Empire Community Foundation Names First African American Board Chair
Inland Empire Community Foundation Selects New Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs
Youth Grantmakers are Accepting Proposals from Nonprofits Supporting Youth in San Bernardino
Youth Grantmakers are Accepting Proposals from Nonprofits Supporting Youth in Riverside
Youth Grantmakers are Accepting Proposals from Nonprofits Supporting Youth in Coachella Valley
Native Youth Grantmakers are Accepting Proposals from Nonprofits Serving Teens
Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund Brings Aid to Organizations Significantly Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Community Foundation’s New Identity Comes At Critical Time Amid Current Public Health Crisis
IECF Opens New Fund to Support Local Residents Affected by COVID-19 Crisis
Inland Empire Community Foundation Opens 2020 Scholarship Applications
The Community Foundation Marks 10th Anniversary of the Youth Grantmakers Program, Announces $60,050 in Grants that Benefit Youth
CA Census Office Partners with The Community Foundation to Mobilize Inland Empire Nonprofits in Hard-to-Count Communities
The Community Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift in Honor of Former City Treasurer of Lake Elsinore
In The News
Press throughout the region covers Inland Empire Community Foundation charitable funds, grantmaking, and community leadership.
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IE Latino Voices is a weekly five-minute segment funded by the CIELO Fund. The program features Latino-led and serving organizations sharing stories of how they impact our community. KVCR, Weekly
Inland Empire Latino organizations receive thousands in grant money from CIELO Fund, KABC7, February 7, 2023
Local Latino-led organizations awarded CIELO grant, KESQ-TV, February 6, 2023
$280,000 in grants given to ‘inspiring’ groups helping Inland Empire Latino community, Press Enterprise, February 4, 2023
CIELO Fund at IECF announces inaugural grants for organizations throughout Inland Empire, City News Group, February, 1, 2023
CIELO Fund’s first round of grants announced, KVCR-FM, February 1, 2023
CIELO Fund at IECF announces $280,000 in inaugural grants for Latino-led and serving organizations, IECN, February 1, 2023
Stories of giving are important. The Community Foundation wants to us help bring them back, Desert Sun, December 19, 2022
Database helps Inland Empire residents pick nonprofit groups to support, Press Enterprise, December 9, 2022
New online resource helps philanthropists find charities, causes, Desert Sun, December 9, 2022
Making impressions: IECF targets specific needs by designating “signature funds,” Palm Springs Life, November 2, 2022
$4.7 million coming to Inland Empire to support artists, arts programs, San Bernardino Sun, October 29, 2022
Local collective receives $4.7 million to support artists, programming, Desert Sun, October 28, 2022
CIELO Fund launched to support Latinos in the Inland Empire, Spectrum News 1, October 12, 2022
Al Punto, Univision, October 9, 2022
Local charity seeks to uplift Latino Community in the Inland Empire through scholarships, NBC Los Angeles, October 7, 2022
Apoyan con fondos a hispanas en los condados de San Bernardino y Riverside, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles, October 6, 2022
Local organizations working to increase Latino and Hispanic registration, voter turnout, KESQ-TV, October 5, 2022
Concrete evidence, Palm Springs Life, October 5, 2022
CIELO Fund created to help Latino-focused organizations in the Inland Empire, Press Enterprise, October 1, 2022
CIELO Fund launches with $300,000 to invest in Latino-led and serving organizations, Desert Sun, September 30, 2022
Con ambicion, se lanza el Fundo Cielo, La Opinion, September 26, 2022
Fund is established to uplift and invest in Latino-led organizations in Inland Empire, Fontana Herald News, September 25, 2022
Let’s do more than celebrate the Latino community. Let’s invest in it, Southern California News Group, September 23, 2022
Latinos now the majority in the Inland Empire and a new fund aims to boost investments, KABC 7, September 23, 2022
Boys & Girls Club receives substantial grants, Record Gazette, September 23, 2022
How to help victims of the Fairview fire near Hemet, Press Enterprise, September 7, 2022
Inland Empire Community Foundation celebrates 80 years of growing regional philanthropy, Desert Sun, August 12, 2022
Inland Empire Community Foundation celebrates 80 years, PE, SB Sun, Inland Valle Daily News, August 12, 2022
IECF Partners with Amazon for Earth Day, City News Group, April 26, 2022
Amazon, IECF support local groups in honor of Earth Day, Press Enterprise, April 23, 2022
Amazon teams with IECF to support environmental education, Desert Sun, April, 22, 2022
Family Resource Center is All in for the Needy, Precinct Reporter, April 21, 2022
New fund aims to raise money for local arts, Desert Sun, March 25, 2022
Fight to End Systemic Racism Getting Financial Boost in Inland Empire, NBC Los Angeles, February 3, 2022
Senior Financial Assistance Program, City News Group, January 20, 2022
IE Black Equity Fund announces $740,000 for 16 nonprofits, City News Group, January, 19, 2022
Women’s Giving Fund donates $20,000 to Inland groups that help women, children, Southern California News Group, August 25, 2021
Philanthropist to celebrate 65th birthday with party benefitting charities, Desert Sun, August 13, 2021
IECF Launches New Office of Policy & Engagement to Focus on Regional Priorities Together, IECN, August 3, 2021
Inland Empire Community Foundation announces new office focusing on public policy, Southern California News Group, July 30, 2021
IECF Launches New Office of Policy & Engagement to Focus on Regional Priorities Together, IE Business Journal, July 26, 2021
Youth Grantmakers program lets students support Inland Empire nonprofit organizations, Press Enterprise, June 25, 2021
The James Irvine Foundation invests $2.7 million in the first phase of Just San Bernardino Collaborative Project, IECN, March 15, 2022
$2.7 million grant will help Just San Bernardino launch economic inclusion plan, San Bernardino Sun, March 12, 2022
Despite COVID-19, charitable donations increased in 2020, Desert Sun, March 5, 2021
Scholarships available for Inland Empire college-bound students, Southern California News Group, February 26, 2021
College-bound students encouraged to apply for IECF scholarships, Desert Sun, February 26, 2021
CSUSB alumna named IECF’s first African American board chair, Inside CSUSB, February 17, 2021
IEHP Plan Provides $50K Sponsorship to IE Black Equity Fund, IECN, February 15, 2021
County awards $3.4 million in COVID-relief grants to 216 nonprofits, Redlands Community News, February 11, 2021
San Bernardino County awards $3.4 million in COVID relief grants to 216 nonprofits, IECN, February 8, 2021
Movers & Shakers: Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds, Nefertiti Long, Kathy Johnson, Jeremy Hobbs and Ann Sheffer, Desert Sun, February 6, 2021
216 Nonprofits Split $3.4 Million from San Bernardino County, Southern California Newsgroup, February 5, 2022
Inland Empire Community Foundation Names First African American Board Chair, Inland Valley News, January 29, 2021
Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon named Educator of the Year, Fontana Herald News, January 26, 2021
Inland Empire’s Black Equity Initiative Launches First Regional Black Equity Fund, Black Voice News, July 15, 2020
$5 million coming for Black-led organizations in the Inland Empire with new initiative, Press Enterprise, July 14, 2020
Inland Empire Community Foundation has a history of helping in the region, Press Enterprise, April 11, 2020
Inland Empire Community Foundation reaching out to groups affected by coronavirus, Press Enterprise, April 2, 2020
Cash assistance coming to Coachella Valley to families hit hardest coronavirus pandemic closures, Desert Sun, March 28, 2020
Inland Empire Community Foundation collecting money to help with coronavirus impact, San Bernardino Sun, March 17, 2020
Coronavirus: How to help others in the Coachella Valley, Desert Sun, March 16, 2020
IECF opens new fund to support local residents affected by COVID-19 crisis, Inland Empire Community News, March 16, 2020
IECF’s 3rd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum to Offer In-person Collaboration
Established in 2021, IECF’s Office of Policy & Engagement works to address inequities in the Inland Empire by creating greater policy capacity in the region. Through partnership with community-based organizations and collaboration with local changemakers, we’re amplifying the IE’s voice and influence on policymakers and the region’s major institutions.
Grassroots to grasstops: IECF’s 3rd Annual Policy Forum will provide an exciting opportunity to gather in person with local, regional and state leaders, innovators, and groundbreakers around five policy priority areas that are key to the Inland Empire’s resilience and success:
- Education Equity
- Inclusive Economic Development
- Climate and Environment
The 2023 Policy & Engagement Forum will be held at the Riverside Convention Center on August 9th and 10th. Special early bird rates are available through June 30th. General pricing begins July 1.
Your ticket includes:
- Access to both days of the conference, including plenary and breakout sessions
- Breakfast and lunch on both days
- Access to co-hosted happy hours
- Networking opportunities
Join us as we learn about exciting policy efforts underway! Together, we’ll boldly reimagine how we capture public and private resources that will empower long-lasting and substantial changes for the benefit of our communities.
For more information, contact Julian Cuevas, Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Professional Advisors Council (PAC) Meeting is May 23, 2023
Register today for IECF’s next Professional Advisors Council (PAC) meeting!
We are pleased to welcome Mary “Kit” Mac Nee, CFP®, CRPC®, QPFC®, as our guest speaker.
Topic: Secure Act 1.0 and 2.0 – The Details That Matter
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
This will be a virtual event.
Kit will provide an overview of Secure Act 1.0 and 2.0 to help you effectively advise your clients about their retirement planning, savings and charitable giving.
She’ll answer questions your clients may ask, such as:
- What do I need to change in my plans?
- What can a business owner take advantage of to lower expenses?
- What can I do with the $1M IRA I don’t need from my mother?
- What does my grandchild who didn’t use their 529 Plan do?
If you haven’t reviewed the new Secure Act 2.0 legislation, here are just a few changes:
- Increases the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age for IRA withdrawals
- Adjusts for inflation the $100K annual limit on direct gifts to qualified charities from your clients’ IRAs starting in 2024 (IRA Rollover)
- Allows for a one-time gift of up to $50K from an IRA to fund a life-income gift, such as a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) or Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
You’ll leave the meeting with great information to help you better serve your clients’ planning needs.
About our presenter:
Kit Mac Nee joined Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor in 2013. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Kit was with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for nearly nine years. She served as Director of Gift Planning for The Community Foundation (now IECF) on her way to becoming a Certified Financial Planner™.
Kit is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management earned the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving ® from California State University Long Beach, American Institute of Philanthropy in 2001, became a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Estate Planner® in 2013, and became a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant® in 2022.
For more information, please contact Jose A. Marquez, CSPG, Director of Planned Giving, at email@example.com.
Thank you to our sponsor, Manufacturers Bank.
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