News & Events

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.

Press Releases

Inland Empire Community Foundation often releases information to the media regarding our charitable funds, donors, grantmaking, and community leadership.

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In The News

Press throughout the region covers Inland Empire Community Foundation charitable funds, grantmaking, and community leadership.

View recent news coverage about IECF.


IECF Combatting Inland Empire News Deserts with Launch of Journalism Innovation Hub + Fund Collaborative, IECN, June 5, 2024

Inland Empire Community Foundation Fights to End Food Insecurity, Palm Springs Life, May 31, 2024

IECF Fund makes annual donations, IE Business Daily, April 26, 2026

Empowering Women: Women’s Giving Fund awards $50,000 in grants, IE Community News, April 26, 2024

CIELO Fund offers $360,000 to 31 organizations in new round of grants, Desert Sun, April 26, 2024

Women’s Giving Fund awards $50,000 in grants, Precinct Reporter, April 25, 2024

Empowering Women: Women’s Giving Fund awards $50,000 in grants, City News Group, April 25, 2024

IECF Empowers the Arts in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs Life, April 22, 2024

Helping Inland Empire women in need is goal of Women’s Giving Fund, Press Enterprise (SCNG papers), April 21, 2024

CIELO Fund offers $360,000 to 31 organizations in new round of grants, Press Enterprise (SCNG papers), April 20, 2024

City of Riverside makes historic investment in nonprofits through revolving loan fund, Black Voice News, March 27, 2024

New report reveals Inland Empire vets struggle to find benefits, services, Desert Sun, March, 15, 2024

City of Riverside launches revolving loan fund for nonprofits, HeySoCal, March 14, 2024

New report reveals Inland Empire veterans struggle to find benefits and services, SCNG papers, March 14, 2024

Growing Black population in the Inland Empire faces many challenges, study says, SCNG papers, March 3, 2024

Black Equity Fund report reveals inequities in the Inland Empire, Black Voices News, February, 28, 2024

IE’s growing Black population shows signs of resilience, but widening disparities remain, Los Angeles Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2024






Organizaciones sin fines de lucros latinas podrían calificar para hasta $15,000 gracias a los fondos Cielo, KESQ-TV, Dec. 18, 2023

 Inland Empire Community Foundation extends grants to Latino community, Desert Sun, Dec. 15, 2023

Inland Empire Black Equity Fund raises $6 million to sustain Black-led organizations, Philanthropy News Digest, November 23, 2023

IE Black Equity Fund Announces Record $1.027 million in grants to 67 nonprofits, IECN, November 21, 2023

$6M raised for Inland Empire’s Black-led organizations, Press Enterprise (all SCNG papers), Nov. 17, 2023

IE Black Equity Fund raises $6M to empower Inland Empire’s Black community, Black Voice News, Nov. 14, 2023

IE Black Equity Fund raises historic $6M to build & sustain power of Black-led organization in the IE, Westside Story Newspaper, Nov. 9, 2023

Black Equity Fund celebrated in the IE, Black Voice News, Nov. 5, 2023

IE Black Equity Fund: $1M in grants to 71 Nonprofits, Precinct Reporter, Nov. 2, 2023

IE Black Equity Fund grants $1.027M to 71 nonprofit,  Black Voice News, Nov. 1, 2023

In first year, CIELO Fund raises more than $1 million to serve Inland Empire Latinos, Press Enterprise (all SCNG papers) August 16, 2023

Two students from Fontana area receive scholarships from CIELO Fund Scholars Program, Fontana Herald News, August 27, 2023

Hilary’s one-two punch: East valley farmworkers grapple with property damage, lost wages, Desert Sun, August 26, 2023

CBOs call for more funding opportunities, Precinct Reporter, August 24, 2023

CIELO Fund at IECF Awards $125K in scholarships to Inland Empire Latino students, City News Group, August 24, 2023

How to Help those affected by Tropical Storm Hilary in the Coachella Valley and beyond, Desert Sun, August 23, 2023

Desert Hot Springs declares state of emergency as County continues damage assessment following Tropical Storm Hilary, Riverside Record, August 23, 2023

CIELO Fund at IECF Announces $125K in Scholarships to Inland Empire Latino Students, IECN, August 22, 2023

Inland Empire leaders discuss region’s future at Riverside event, Press Enterprise (all SCNG papers), August 11, 2023

IECF 2023 Policy & Engagement Forum starts with CA Legislators, KVCR-FM (NPR), August 10, 2023

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 artists, organizations awarded $3.8 million in grant funding, Press Enterprise (all SCNG papers), July 15, 2023

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






2024 Policy & Philanthropy Summit

The Inland Empire Community Foundation invites you to a dynamic, 2-day event where a convening of policymakers, nonprofits, philanthropists, and changemakers will focus on Investing to Thrive.

Elevating conversations from previous gatherings, we’ll leverage the Vital Conditions Framework and Thriving Together initiative as our roadmap to developing key landmarks of a thriving region, like education, food access, and housing. We’ll explore collaborative, equitable policy and investment strategies to unlock the IE’s full potential and ensure all residents have the chance to prosper.

Your voice matters! Together, we can build power to secure the resources needed for a flourishing Inland Empire where every resident has a greater sense of belonging.


August 1-2, 2024 at the Riverside Convention Center

Become a Sponsor

Investing to build the future of the IE requires us to work as stewards who believe that we can create an IE where everyone thrives, no exceptions.
~Michelle Decker, IECF President & CEO

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Women’s Giving Fund Spring Fling!

SOLD OUT! Women’s Giving Fund Spring Fling Brunch, grantee announcements and 2024 Woman of Achievement Award presentation: It’s time to celebrate the remarkable women who shape our community! (Last day to register: Friday, April 12, 2024)

The IECF Women’s Giving Fund’s annual Spring Fling returns on April 21st, 2024, offering a memorable opportunity to celebrate our 2024 grantees and the region’s outstanding women.

This year, we’re showcasing The Power of the Purse as our theme, symbolizing our collective strength as donors, sponsors, and community leaders. You’ll enjoy a delightful brunch with like-minded participants, an inspiring program, and a fun opportunity drawing to win your dream designer purse! Generous donors have provided more than a dozen purses, including Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Dooney & Bourke, and more. You could be the lucky winner of a Brighton Catwalk Travel Set valued at $800! Follow us for updates on more beautiful bags.

When: April 21, 2024 | 11am-2pm
Where: Edwards Mansion | 2064 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands
Tickets: Sold out!
Opportunity Drawing: Tickets are available at discounted pricing with the purchase of brunch, or at the door for $10 each.

Bring a friend who’d love to be inspired, make new connections and help us fuel lasting change through the collective strength of women.


Diamond Tote Sponsors & Gem Messenger Donors
Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds and The James Irvine Foundation
Mrs. Terri Ramos
Lupe Cardenas
C.C. Vest

Ruby Wristlet Sponsors
Alta Loma Enterprises
The Business Banking Group of Farmers & Merchants Bank
PNC Bank

Sapphire Satchel Sponsors
Angel Jewelers
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Emerald Envelope Sponsors
Denise Benton | PHP Agency
The Bohon Family
Chaffey College
Jesse Melgar & Angel Rodriguez
Special Angels Foundation

Gem Messenger Sponsors
CIRE Equity
Edwards Mansion
Glusker Family Trust
The Long Family
Small Business Development Corp of Orange County
Terrence and Tess Trudo

Drawstring Donors
Liliana Andriani
Lynn Bogh-Baldi
Brie Griset Smith
Dr. Donna Hunter
Rosie Lewis
Nefertiti Long
Lisa Nashua
Kim Potter
C.C. Vest

Media Sponsor
Inland Empire Magazine

Become a Sponsor

Nominations are now closed for the prestigious 2nd Annual Woman of Achievement Award, recognizing a dynamic woman whose dedication and leadership have created real change in our community.




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