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In Ventura County, days of reson and prayer both fall on May 1
Mike Harris
Ventura County Star, April 15, 2014

May 1 is the National Day of Prayer. In Ventura County, it will also be A Day of Reason.

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Difficulties Of Traditional Companies Connecting With New Generation Of Workers Focus Of South Coast Conference
Lance Orozco
KCLU, April 8, 2014

This is a unique era for America's job force, with five generations working side by side in the marketplace.

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Nonprofit leaders can get training
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, April 4, 2014

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Ventura County Community Foundation invites Ventura County residents interested in training in nonprofit management to a free open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.

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Experts discuss navigating the multi-generational workforce
Carol Lawrence
Ventura County Star, April 3, 2014

Carol Lawrence, business reporter for The Star, live-tweeted the Ventura County Civic Alliance's Workforce Education Conference.

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Kay Faulconer Boger/David Maron: Preparing for the 2020 workplace — are you ready?
Ventura County Star, March 30, 2014

What's different between today's employers and businesses 30 years ago? Although the list is long, several things stand out.

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Conference to cover generational blend
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, March 22, 2014

The Ventura County Civic Alliance will present a Workforce Education Conference from 8 to 11:30 a.m.April 3 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road.

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Workforce conference set
Camarillo Acorn, March 14, 2014

The Ventura County Civic Alliance will present a conference about the future of the workforce from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Thurs., April 3 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo.

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Leavens Heritage Gallery opens
Camarillo Acorn, March 7, 2014

The Leavens Heritage Gallery is open and exhibiting photographs from Ventura County's past on the first floor of the VCCF Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo.

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Speech will focus on social business
Ventura County Star, Feb. 19, 2014

Martin Loeffler, director of the California Institute for Social Business at CSU Channel Islands will lead a presentation titled "Social Business and Entrepreneurship: Solving Social Issues - the business way" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Ventura County Community Foundation Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.

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Nominations sought for 'unsung' hero
Camarillo Acorn, Jan. 24, 2014

The Ventura County Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the Kesa Ryono Unsung Hero Award to honor a Ventura County Resident who works diligently and without fanfare to better the quality of life in his or her neighborhood.

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Hilton Foundation invests $2 million in Ventura County nonprofits
Alicia Doyle
Ventura County Star, Jan. 19, 2014

A $2 million investment in the Ventura County Community Foundation will help it pay off its Camarillo center and indirectly benefit county nonprofits.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards $2 Million PRI to Ventura County Community Foundation
Philanthropy News Digest, Jan. 18, 2014

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced a $2 million program-related investment to the Ventura County Community Foundation in support of the VCCF Nonprofit Center in Camarillo.

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Hilton Foundation makes $2M donation
Camarillo Acorn, Jan. 17, 2014

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation made a $2-million investment to support the VCCF Nonprofit Center in Camarillo, according to an announcement last week.

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Simi Continued to Shine in 2013
Bob Huber
Simi Valley Acorn, Jan. 10, 2014

The beginning of a new year marks the time to reflect on the previous year's events, and I would like to invite residents to join me in reviewing the highlights of 2013 for Simi Valley.

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New Nonprofit Center In Ventura County Gets Multi-Million Dollar Grant
KCLU, Jan. 7, 2014

The Ventura County Community Foundation receives a major grant toward its nonprofit center.

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Hugh J. Ralston: Working together promises a brighter 2014
Hugh J. Ralston
Ventura County Star, Dec. 29, 2013

The year-end means "best-of" lists, last-minute chores and an occasion to reflect on the year past and the promise of the one ahead.

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The Star's Top Weekend Stories
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, Dec. 23, 2013

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley has donated to the Ventura County Community Foundation the $7,250 she made during the federal government shutdown to benefit the foundation's Ventura County Veterans Fund, which provides money for employment assistance, counseling, education and housing to veterans returning to Ventura County.

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Brownley donates salary from shutdown to veteran causes
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, Dec. 21, 2013

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley has donated to the Ventura County Community Foundation the $7,250 she made during the federal government shutdown.

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Groups to support children of military families
Camarillo Acorn, Dec. 20, 2013

More than 250 children from active duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran families in Ventura County will receive toys and other goodies as part of Operation Snowflake, the collaborative effort of a network of nonprofit and private organizations.

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Year of awards and new hires positions PCBT for growth in 2014
Henry Dubroff
Pacific Coast Business Times, Dec. 20, 2013

Pacific Coast Business Times has undergone a substantial expansion during 2013, so I thought I would exercise my editor's prerogative and talk a little about what we've accomplished this year and where we are headed in the New Year.

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Entrepreneurship institute aimed at veterans
Thousand Oaks Acorn, Dec. 19, 2013

California Lutheran University will launch its Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute in January by offering 10 three-hour Saturday workshops for military veterans.

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Tony Thatcher talks about 'Historic Ranching Families in the Ojai Valley'
Myrna Cambiancia
Ventura County Star, Dec. 10, 2013

The Ojai Valley Museum is continuing its popular exhibit, "Historic Ranching Families of the Oaji Valley," for an additional two weeks.

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McCune Foundation awards $330,000 in grants for social justice projects
Claudia Armann for the McCune Foundation
Noozhawk, Dec. 9, 2013

The McCune Foundation has awarded almost $330,000 for community organizing and social justice projects in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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Bank contributes funds to nonprofits
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, Dec. 7, 2013

Montecito Bank & Trust's Community Dividens event returned for its 11th year, meaning $11 million has now been given to Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits.

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Ojai Valley Museum's new audio guide: "Ojai á La Car"
Myrna Cambiancia
Ventura County Star, Dec. 4, 2013

What was Ojai's most notorious shoot-out? Where did the old Ventura and Ojai railroad engineers stop for rest and relaxation? What giant Washington lobby got its start on Grand Avenue and Montgomery Street? Where did Meditation Mount get its name?

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Kavli remembered: Physicist employed thousands, gifted millions
Stephen Nellis
Pacific Coast Business Times, Nov. 29, 2013

Fred Kavli, an entrepreneur, scientist and philanthropist who created thousands of jobs and gave millions for the study of theoretical physics, died at his home in Santa Barbara on Nov. 21. He was 86.

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Community foundation offering scholarships
Staff Reports
Thousand Oaks Acorn, Nov. 27, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation is accepting applications for more that $1.2 million in scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Montecito Bank & Trust Gives Back to Local Nonprofits at Community Dividends Luncheon
Giana Magnoli
Noozhawk, Nov. 25, 2013

Montecito Bank &Trust shared the wealth with local nonprofit organizations at its annual Community Dividends luncheon Monday afternoon.

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Ventura County foundation offers college scholarships
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, Nov. 12, 2013

Applications are now available for college scholarships offered through the Ventura County Community Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Fundraising group to give philanthropy awards to Ventura County woman, foundation
Alicia Doyle
Ventura County Star, Nov. 11, 2013

A Moorpark woman and a foundation will be recognized at an awards lunch celebrating National Philanthropy Day on Thursday.

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Hugh J. Ralston: We can help local veterans returning from war
Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, Nov. 10, 2013

This year, I commissioned a mosaic to continue our family tradition of honoring my uncle James L. Fowler, who was killed in the South Pacific during World War II.

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Philanthropic association salutes Moorpark volunteer
Stephanie Sumell
Moorpark Acorn, Nov. 8, 2013

Albert Schweitzer, a theologian, musician, philosopher and physician who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953, stressed the importance of serving others.

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Leaders share information on state of the region and manufacturing in Ventura County
Carol Lawrence
Ventura County Star, Nov. 7, 2013

Ventura County residents are getting older, women are still underpaid compared to men, the number of evangelical Protestants is growing and more people are registering as independents.

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Manufacturing outlook to be discussed at luncheon
Staff Reports
Ventura County Star, Nov. 1, 2013

The head of California’s manufacturing trade group will talk about the industry’s future at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce economic outlook luncheon Thursday.

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Estate planning seminar offered
Camarillo Acorn, Nov. 1, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation and the Planned Giving Council of Ventura County will offer “The Psychology of Estate Planning” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 14 at the new VCCF Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo.

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VIRGIL ELINGS, CHRISTY WALTERS KOLVA, AND NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE TO BE HONORED
Santa Barbara Independent, Oct. 31, 2013

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter is proud to announce this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees.

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Shortening the Line
Mark Storer
Ventana Monthly, Oct. 29, 2013

Failure is an option. In this new economy, where growth is slow or stagnant and hard work doesn’t necessarily translate into a livable wage, the inability to get by has become a reality for an increasing number of people.

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Foundation thanks veterans, those who help them at Camarillo dinner
Jeremy Foster
Ventura County Star, Oct. 27, 2013

Stepping up for the 1 percent of the nation’s population that serves in the military was the call of Ron Greenwood on Sunday at a Gold Coast Veterans Foundation fundraising dinner in Camarillo.

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Hugh Ralston: What is free and priceless in Ventura County?
Hugh Ralston
Ventura county Star, Oct. 27, 2013

After 10 years leading a Ventura County nonprofit, I have reached an irrefutable conclusion: The most precious asset in our community is given away every day.

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Investing in Main Street: Hutton Parker Foundation chief details real estate strategy
Henry Dubroff
Pacific Coast Business Times, Oct. 25, 2013

When it comes to commercial real estate and investing in commercial property, Tom Parker is just about the smartest guy in the room, anywhere.

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Quality of life examined
Camarillo Acorn, Oct. 25, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation will offer the following sessions in its series of dialogues on issues critical to the quality of life in Ventura County throught its Community Leadership Series at the new VCCF Nonprofit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo.

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Ventura County Community Foundation adds sessions to dialog on area needs
Conejo Calendar, Oct. 18, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation has added sessions to its ongoing series of dialogs on issues critical to the quality of life in Ventura County through its Community Leadership Series.

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Camarillo-based foundation honors volunteers across county
Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, Oct. 3, 2013

It was a night of celebration at the Ventura County Community Foundation’s volunteer celebration and president’s awards.

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Local foundation awards five grants
From staff reports
Ventura County Star, Sept. 28, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation had awarded $72,000 in grants aimed at helping Latino youths prepare for college.

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Breast Cancer Screenings
Letter to the editor
Ventura County Star, Sept. 24, 2013

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month returns both to Ventura County and nationwide in October, it’s important we continue to inform the community that mammograms and other crucial breast cancer diagnostics are available at the Conejo Free Clinic at no charge.

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Ojai Valley Museum presents 'Historic Ranching Families of the Ojai Valley'
By Myrna Cambianica
Ventura County Star, Sept. 20, 2013

The Ojai Valley Museum mounts one original history exhibit each year focusing on a topic significant to the Ojai community. This year's exhibit is an historical perspective on ranching in the Ojai Valley, made possible by a grant received from the Heritage Fund through the Ventura County Community Foundation.

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Wells Fargo director joins charity board
Business Briefs
Ventura County Star, Sept. 14, 2013

Scott Hansen, regional director of wealth management for the Westlake Village and Santa Barbara offices of Wells Fargo Private Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

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Grant program aids Hispanic youth across the county
By Hannah Guzik, Special to The Star
Ventura County Star, Sept. 13, 2013

When Maria Contreras-Sweet was 5, her family moved from Mexico to California, and she enrolled in school, speaking “not one word of English.”

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Foundation doles out $1.2 million in scholarships
By Stephanie Sumell
Moorpark Acorn, July 26, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded nearly $1.2 million in scholarships to local students at the recent Scholarship Awards Reception attended by nearly 400 students, their families and the donors who made the awards possible.

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Local students win scholarships
Santa Paula News, July 24, 2013

The Community Foundation gave just under 300 awards to 238 students bound for college or career training. This included the new Michael Gordon Burgos Memorial Scholarship, honoring the late Ventura County counselor who believed in the power of education to change lives.

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Foundation, college-rediness program team up for success
By Stephanie Sumell
Simi Valley Acorn, July 12, 2013

Giovanni Rosalez, 18, burst into tears when he read his acceptance email from Cal State Northridge in February.

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Foundation celebrates 25 years of service
Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 3, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary during a sold-out Community Celebration luncheon on June 12 at the Camarillo Ranch House.

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Foundation celebrates 25 years of generosity
Camarillo Acorn, June 21, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary during a sold-out Community Celebration luncheon on June 12 at the Camarillo Ranch House. The event saluted the vision of its founders, the generosity of its donors and the achievements of its volunteers over the past quarter century.

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Foundation celebrated 25 years of proud deeds
The Acorn, June 20, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary during a soldout Community Celebration luncheon on June 12 at the Camarillo Ranch House that saluted the vision of its founders, the generosity of its donors and the achievements of its volunteers over the past quarter century.

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CI students honored for role in landmark Ventura County study of women and girls
Ventura County Star, June 11, 2013

Four CSU Channel Islands (CI) students will be honored for their roles in a landmark study highlighting the status of women and girls in Ventura County.

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Editorial— VCCF helps bind Ventura County together
Pacific Coast Business Times, June 7, 2013

In the 21st century, Ventura County is getting national recognition for its unique mix of agriculture, high technology, urban environments, open space and beachfront property.

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25 Years of Success, Growth & Prosperity — Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Tribune, June 7, 2013

Ventura county residents are fortunate to have had the timely amazing services offered by the Ventura County Community Foundation for the past quarter of a decade.

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Foundation reaches silver anniversary by meeting community's needs
Ventura County Star, June 6, 2013

For 25 years, the Ventura County Community Foundation has been a steward of charitable donations, investing them to create funds that are used to support the health, education and well-being of Ventura County residents.

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Foundation helps Latino high school students
Moorpark Acorn, May 24, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation is accepting proposals for grants to fund programs that expand opportunities for Latino high school students to succeed through college preparedness.

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Foundation selects next chairman
Business Briefs
Ventura County Star, May 18, 2013

Nonprofit leader and businessman Gary Erickson has been tapped chairman-elect of the board of directors of the Ventura County Community Foundation. He will start Oct. 1.

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Ribbon Cuttings
The Journal, Summer, 2013

Dignitaries, community members and Chanber reps gathered to welcome Ventura County Community Foundation & the new Non-Profit Center to their new building at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.

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Weekly Chat with Ron Gallo: Nonprofit Education
By Tim Owens
KDB 93.7FM, May 13, 2013

Every Monday KDB will present a conversation with Santa Barbara Foundation President and CEO Ron Gallo. Scroll the mp3 forward to the 4:01 mark to learn about the Board Leadership Institute.

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Study of Ventura County women shows inequities in 'paradise on Earth'
By Kathleen Wilson
Ventura County Star, May 4, 2013

Women and girls in Ventura County face significant barriers in health, income and safety in one of the state’s wealthiest counties, says the first known comprehensive study ever conducted on their status.

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Building a strong foundation
By Michael Coons
Camarillo Acorn, May 3, 2013

The Ventura County Community Foundation held a ribbon-cutting for its new 53,000-square-foot Nonprofit Center in Camarillo on April 25.

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Students from across county encouraged to strive for college
By Jeremy Foster Special to the Star
Ventura County Star, April 26, 2013

College was just a dream for Janeth Moran-Cervantes.

But thanks to a program called Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, her dream became reality.

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County organizations fete opening of nonprofit hub
By Mark Storer
Ventura County Star, April 26, 2013

David Smith got up from his chair, slipped on his blazer and beamed a great smile from his new office.

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Camarillo businessman celebrates personal grand openings day
By Rachel McGrath
Ventura County Star, April 24, 2013

Thursday will be a busy day for Sean Leonard, a Camarillo business owner who specializes in project management for nonprofit real estate developments.

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Editorial: Big step forward for nonprofits in Ventura County
Ventura County Star, April 24, 2013

Smarter kids. Healthier families. A stronger community. More grass-roots groups solving local problems. These are just a few of the positive outcomes we can envision from an impressive new center established by and for nonprofit organizations in Ventura County.

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$5,000 award honors top scholar
By Stephanie Snyder
Ventura County Star, April 16, 2013

Oxnard High School senior Nathan Harry is seen as a leader by many — whether it's his high school Academic Decathlon team, Boy Scouts troop or Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit.

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Editorial: Top teens honored
Ventura County Star, April 16, 2013

Some of Ventura County's finest students accepted well-deserved honors Tuesday night.

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VCCF Builds Community by Supporting Youth
Staff Report
Focus on Education, Winter 2013

Each year, the Ventura County Community Foundation fields a couple thousand applications for the college scholarships it offers.

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New report shows 'underwhelming' recovery
By Michael Blank
The Acorn, Feb. 28, 2013

Despite sure signs of improvement, Ventura County still faces slow job growth and other economic challenges as it continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2007.

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County foundation showcases new digs
By Michael Coons
Camarillo Acorn, Feb. 22, 2013

Susan Seale, the director of programs for nonprofit leadership with Ventura County Community Foundation Center, gives a tour during an open house for the foundation's new facilities in Camarillo on Feb. 7.

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New Report Looks At Quality of Life In Ventura County
By Lance Orozco
KCLU, Feb. 21, 2013

A just released report is trying to give Ventura County a look at the quality of life in the region.

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State of Region report lays out Ventura County's data, warts and all
By Gretchen Wenner
Ventura County Star, Feb. 20, 2013

A warts-and-all collection of numbers on Ventura County — touching on topics such as beaches, commute times, crop acreage and even math scores — will, its creators hope, become a new coffee-table tome.

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Zaragoza: Helping businesses grow, thrive
By John C. Zaragoza
Ventura County Star, Feb. 15, 2013

We all know Ventura County is a great place to live, and it is also a great place to have a business.

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Biasotti: A mixed record on preserving our environment
By Tony Biasotti
Ventura County Star, Feb. 13, 2013

Ventura County’s natural environment is inextricably tied to the quality of life its residents enjoy. The 43-mile coastline, the fertile valleys and the scenic hillsides all attract people who want to live at the edge of urban Southern California.

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Biasotti: Taking measure of the county's quality of life
By Tony Biasotti
Ventura County Star, Feb. 8, 2013

The modern world is awash in data. Media companies know everywhere you’ve been on the Internet and retailers know everything you’ve bought from them.

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Op/ed: Valuing the soft power of Ventura County
By Tony Biasotti
Pacific Coast Business Times, Feb. 8, 2013

There's no way around it: The Great Recession deserves the moniker. When you look at regional economic data from the past five years as I've done, in writing the Ventura County Civic Alliance's latest State of the Region Report you see just how bad things got between 2007 and 2009, and how little they've improved since.

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Ventura County Community Foundation to select charities for discounted office space
By Alicia Doyle
Ventura County Star, Jan. 31, 2013

Young nonprofits in search of discounted rent can apply for office space at the new home of the Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo.

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VCCF's real estate buy lays foundation for nonprofits
Staff Report
Pacific Coast Business Times, Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

With a multimillion-dollar real estate investment, the Ventura County Community Foundation created a hub for nonprofits in the community.

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Woman celebrated years after her death for $2M donation to charity
By Nadine Kalinauskas
Yahoo! Canada News, Jan. 16

Mary Tash died in 2009. She left her entire estate, valued at $2 million, to Los Angeles, California's Ventura County Community Foundation.

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Kindness of strangers — Scot leaves $2m to US charitable cause
By Andrew Argo
The Courier and Advertiser, Jan. 14

Twice-widowed Mary Tash was born Mary Nicoll and died in 2009 at the age of 89. She left her entire estate to the Ventura County Community Foundation on the outskirts of Los Angeles, to be spent on projects to strengthen the community, preserve its cultural resources and help those in need.

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Ventura County groups get grants from McCune Foundation to further leadership
By Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, Dec. 28

The McCune Foundation offers grants to promote leadership and grass-roots efforts in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that empower people and organizations to affect change, according to Executive Director Claudia Armann

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Ventura County nonprofits anxious as fiscal cliff looms
By Wendy Leung
Ventura County Star, Dec. 28

Ventura County nonprofit groups have their eye on Dec. 31 for a couple of reasons.

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Ralston: Working together in a new home for the holidays
By Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, Dec. 23

The holiday music heard everywhere this month is filled with passages about home.

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Building a nonprofit hub - VCCF's new headquarters space filling up.
By Marlize van Romburgh
Pacific Coast Business Times, Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation's new Nonprofit Center in Camarillo is 75 percent leased, just five months after the group paid almost $7 million for the property.

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Hugh Ralston, President CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation, Camarillo
Pacific Coast Business Times

Hugh Ralston has been president and CEO of Ventura County Community Foundation since 2003.

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Smith: Thanks! Nonprofit center already makes positive impact
by David M. Smith
Ventura County Star, November 24, 2012

It may not have matched the lines waiting outside local retail stores for Black Friday, but in the local nonprofit arena it came pretty darn close.

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Local nonprofits seek synergy at new Camarillo location
by Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, November 23, 2012

When the United Way and the Ventura County Community Foundation gave away more than 250 pieces of office furniture to area nonprofits, it was supposed to be a two-day affair.

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Ralston: Philanthropy has many faces
by Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, November 17, 2012

What pops into your mind when you hear the word philanthropy?

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Community foundation to relocate
by Elliot Golan
Camarillo Acorn, November 16, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation will open the doors to its new 53,000-square-foot building on Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo next month.

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VCCF scholarships announcemnet
by Ventura Unified School District
November 13, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR VENTURA COUNTY STUDENTS

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Local foundation offers $1.2 million in college scholarships
by From staff reports
Ventura County Star, November 13, 2012

The first deadline to apply for more than $1.2 million in college scholarships from the Ventura County Community Foundation is Jan. 9.

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Ventura County Community Foundation to Award $1.2 Million in Scholarships
by Hugh J. Ralston
Noozhawk, November 12, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation is accepting applications from Ventura County students for more than $1.2 million in scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.

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Ralston: Legacy helps women in fight against domestic violence
by Hugh J. Ralston
Ventura County Star, November 3, 2012

In Ventura County, abused women have a champion they will never meet but who is always there for them.

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Giving Back
805 Living, November 2012

Dena Jenson, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, vccf.org

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Camarillo Pacific Coast Business Times 2012 Giving Guide

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The Tenth Annual Bob Benedetto Memorial Fund 5K Run / Walk
Project Understanding, October 13, 2012

Back in 2002, my sister suggested that our family start a foundation for social work scholarships (instead of funeral flowers) in Bob’s memory.

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Camarillo foundation's generosity on display at luncheon
by Rachel McGrath
Ventura County Star, October 10, 2012

A new community effort to raise money to provide free early detection screenings for breast cancer to women without health insurance has been launched this month by the Conejo Free Clinic, thanks, in part, to a grant from the Camarillo-based Ventura County Community Foundation.

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INTERFACE CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES WILL CELEBRATE 40TH YEAR IN NEW HEADQUARTERS TO ACCOMMODATE AGENCY GROWTH
by InterFaceDev
Ventura County Star, October 3, 2012

Interface Children & Family Services has announced the relocation of its agency’s headquarters to the newly purchased Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) Non-Profit Center building.

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Warnagieris: Sustain or survive? Yes, we can definitely do both
by Robert Warnagieris
Ventura County Star, August 11, 2012

Recent headlines citing bankruptcy filings for California cities bring the effects of recession and uncontrolled spending forcefully to mind.

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Ralston Named President of the Community Foundations National Standards Board
Council on Foundations > Newsroom, July 26, 2012

Arlington, Va.—The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) is pleased to announce that Hugh Ralston, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), is its new president.

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VCCF buys Camarillo property to house county nonprofit hub
by Marlize Van Romburgh
Pacific Coast Business Times, July 20, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation recently purchased the 53,500-square-foot building at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. in Camarillo to house a new nonprofit center for the county.

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Ventura County Community Foundation buys building, plans to move
by Mark Storer
Ventura County Star, July 17, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation has bought a building in Camarillo near the Camarillo Ranch House and hopes to move there by the end of this year.

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Ventura County group seeks grant proposals from nonprofits
By Alicia Doyle
Ventura County Star, June 11, 2012

Historically, charities have focused on providing services to people in need. Doing so treats the symptoms but not the disease, according Tricia Keen, administrative director of the Social Justice Fund of Ventura County.

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Justice fund has $60,000 in grant money available
Camarillo Acorn, June 1, 2012

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County seeks grant proposals from nonprofits working to better communities. Up to $60,000 will be available in the fund’s sixth annual grants program.

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Ventura arts program director to receive community service award
By Angelique LaCour
Ventura County Star, May 22, 2012

At the Bell Arts Factory in the west Ventura art hub, the motto and guiding principle is, in the words of author Henry Miller, "Art teaches nothing except the significance of life."

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VCCF to Honor Volunteer Community Leaders
By Staff Writer
The Fillmore Gazette, May 16, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation will honor the service of four individuals and two organizations at the third annual Community Leadership Awards luncheon...

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Women work together on Oxnard Habitat homes
By Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, May 12, 2012

About 40 Ventura County women spent their Saturday painting, digging and pounding nails to build new Habitat for Humanity homes for two single mothers, each with four daughters, near the RiverPark area of Oxnard.

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Student who once lived in foster home named Star Scholar
By Jean Cowden Moore
Ventura County Star, April 24, 2012

A young woman who lived in a foster home before going to a private boarding school has been named this year's Star Scholar.

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Editorial: The positive side of education gets the spotlight
Ventura County Star, April 24, 2012

Despite overcast skies, the stars were shining brightly Tuesday night as 87 of Ventura County's top academic achievers were honored as 2012 Star Scholar award winners.

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Pepperdine students teach outreach skills
By Rachel McGrath
Ventura County Star, April 15, 2012

Pepperdine students help nonprofits get their message out.

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Panel highlights needs of returning Ventura County veterans
By Kim Lamb Gregory
Ventura County Star, March 29, 2012

Maybe this time it will be different.

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VCCF promotes nonproft leadership
Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 29, 2012

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Ventura County Community Foundation will host an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., April 11 at 1317 Del Norte Road, Camarillo.

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Nonprofts can apply for legacy grants
Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 29, 2012

The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund seeks proposals from Ventura County nonprofits for $162,000 in grants.

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Lacayo: Bridging the achievement gap between students
By Hank Lacayo
Ventura County Star, March 19, 2012

Re: your Feb. 28 article, "Cities score low on racial equity"

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Tada: Joe Brown: leader, mentor, humanitarian and a friend
By Pierre Tada
Ventura County Star, March 17, 2012

Leadership is a funny thing. You know great leadership when you see it, but it is often difficult to describe.

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Central Coast partners are leading for the common interest
By Ronald Gallo and Hugh Ralston
Pacific Coast Business Times, March 16, 2012

Times of stress and tight budgets require creative thinking and teamwork.

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Man’s fight against ALS inspired many
By Stephanie Sumell
The Acorn, March 1, 2012

Two months before he died, Conejo Valley resident Greg Merfeld said something his friend Andrea Gallagher will never forget.

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Volunteers start process toward awarding scholarships
By Monica Lara
Ventura County Star, Feb. 3, 2012

However tedious it may be to sit in an office for hours sorting and filing papers, one group of volunteers took on the challenge to help give aspiring Ventura County residents $1.2 million in scholarships this year.

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Workshops set on leadership
From staff reports
Ventura County Star, Jan. 27, 2012

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Ventura County Community Foundation will present two workshops on leadership strategies...

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County schools chief named to local board
From staff reports
Ventura County Star, Jan. 10, 2012

County schools chief Stan Mantooth has joined the board of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

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Despite budget crunch, county’s community foundation awarding more scholarships
By Darleen Principe
Thousand Oaks Acorn, Jan. 5, 2012

Group plans to hand out $1.2 million to local students...

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Local foundation offering $1.2 million in scholarships
By Jean Cowden Moore
Ventura County Star, Dec. 31, 2011

The Ventura County Community Foundation is offering two new scholarships among the $1.2 million it will distribute this year to help students go to college.

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Foundation head donates to honor staff
Ventura County Star, Dec. 24, 2011

...Boss knows funds will go to good cause...

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Ventura County Civic Alliance aims to get young people involved in sustainability
By Katrina Maksimuk Eye on the Environment
Ventura County Star, Dec. 11, 2011

At the Ventura County Civic Alliance we asked ourselves: How can we engage Ventura County's next generation of leaders in a discussion about sustainability?

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Expert offers ideas on how to improve U.S. education
By Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, Dec. 10, 2011

The decline in graduation rates in the United States comes not because the American education system has lost ground, but because the U.S. has stagnated, while other countries have surged ahead, according to Ronald F. Ferguson.

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Harvard expert on achievement gap to speak Friday in Camarillo
By Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star, Dec. 3, 2011

The educational and economic "achievement gap" between white and Asian students and their Latino and black counterparts will be the focus of a special conference Friday in Camarillo that will feature a prominent Harvard professor.

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Ralston: Ventura County heroine gave to help others
By Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, Nov. 12, 2011

When we think of America's great philanthropists, we name titans of industry such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Getty and Gates. Yet, here in Ventura County, a secretary has made one of the most generous donations to a local nonprofit.

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Philanthropy is caught in a game of politics
By Hugh Ralston
Pacific Coast Business Times, Nov. 11, 2011

Would Congress truly cap the charitable deduction as part of a "grand bargain" for deficit reduction and public investment?

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Agoura Hills resident with ALS sets up scholarship fund
Ventura County Star, October 13, 2011

Greg Merfeld knew something was wrong last year when he developed "foot drop," ...

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Kids' Music Education Alive and Well in Ventura County
KDB radio September 21, 2011

Save Our Kids' Music (SOKM) is a Ventura County non-profit dedicated to keeping music education alive for children.

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Volunteers feted with President's Award
Camarillo Acorn September 9, 2011

Thirteen volunteers recently received the Ventura County Community Foundation's President's Award for their efforts. The awards were presented at the ...

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Ventura County Together Summer Challenge
KDB radio August 29, 2011

For local residents hurt by the recession, there is no break this summer.

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Ventura County Together aims to raise $50,000 to help needy
Ventura County Star, August 27, 2011

Ventura County residents can double their giving power this week...

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Ralston: Time to get together and give together
By Hugh J. Ralston
Ventura County Star, August 27, 2011

...we can make a difference through the "Get Together/Give Together"challenge...

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Scholarships Are Music To Students’ Ears
Simi Valley Acorn, July 1, 2011

Two Santa Susana High School graduates have received the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Young Artists Scholarship...

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The Community Foundation
A Charitable Giving Vehicle for High-Net-Worth Individuals

By Christina Tucker and Diane Miller, May, 2011

It was a novel concept at the time...

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Jenson: New strategies propel nonprofits
By Dena Jenson
Ventura County Star, June 28, 2011

Irish playwright Brendan Behan quipped, "There is no such thing as bad publicity."...

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College Bound Students Honored With Arts Scholarships
The Sespe Sun, April 25, 2011

...Three local high school graduates were honored earlier this month...

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Editorial Shining Stars on Academic Stage
Ventura County Star, April 26, 2011

...educators, students, family and friends cheered Ventura County's top academic achievers...

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Rio Mesa student named top scholar
By Cheri Carlson
Ventura County Star, April 26, 2011

Sne Kanji tells her little brothers to work hard and not give up...

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Worth their weight
By Audrey Cortes
VCReporter Online, April 14, 2011

How nonprofits are transforming our communities...

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Superman is not coming to Ventura County
By Hugh Ralston
Pacific Coast Business Times, April 1-7, 2011

So this is what the revolution looks like...

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Teens Urged To Address Social Justice As Part Of Contest
Ventura County Star, March 18, 2011

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County is accepting entries from teens, age 14 to 18, for its first Teen Multimedia Contest...

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It's Time for the 99 Percent to Step Up for Veterans
By Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, November 10, 2010

As our nation today honors veterans, we believe this is the opportunity for the 99 percent of us who are not serving our country in uniform to help...

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An excerpt from Bizz Buzz from the VC Reporter about VCCF
VCReporter Online, November 4, 2010

Need some good news?

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Expanding Opportunities for Youth – A VCCF Initiative
By Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, October 21, 2010

If you find hope for the future flagging, keep reading.

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Women’s Legacy Fund At Vccf Awards $76,500 To Nonprofits That Improve The Lives Of Ventura County Women
Ventura County Star, September 15, 2010

Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

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When “Art Lives”-local artists produce big from VCCF grants
By Linda Harmon
the ojai post, September 9, 2010

If you didn’t notice, Southern California got a whole lot richer and not just in dollars..

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Smith Foundation Awards $745,000 in 2010 Grants
Tri-County Sentry, August 10, 2010

The 2010 Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Foundation grants will help feed homebound, low-income seniors, build planters to beautify and attract more visitors to downtown Oxnard as well as cover enrollment fees for Ventura County high school graduates through the Ventura College Promise Program, to name a few…

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Community foundation grants scholarships
Moorpark Acorn, June 25, 2010

Young people who have been in foster care as well as students preparing for public-service careers received inaugural awards from two new scholarship funds during the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Scholarship Awards Reception in June…

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Oxnard Alive With The Arts
By Hugh Ralston
Ventura County Star, June 19, 2010

For the tourist driving across Ventura County from east to west, the arts might seem to bookend at our borders — from the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks to Ventura, which calls itself “California’s newest art city…”

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Ventura County Community Foundation Expands Scholarships for Foster Children, Future Public Servants
Fillmore Gazette, June 16, 2010

Nearly $1 million awarded to local students at annual event…

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Arts Live Grants Benefit Ojai Artists
Santa Barbara Independent, June 15, 2010

What do an area hospital, at-risk youth, and threatened wildlife have in common? They will all benefit from the grants given by the Ventura County Arts Council last Thursday evening to eight local artists…

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Ojai Artists Win Grants from ArtsLIVE in Ventura
By linda Harmon
The Ojai Post, June 14, 2010

What do an area hospital, at-risk-youth, and threatened wildlife have in common? They will all benefit from grants given by the Ventura County Arts Council last Thursday evening to three of our very own Ojai artists…

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Museums Taught About Marketing, Lecture covers self-promotion
By Mark Storer
Ventura County Star, May 28, 2010

Local museum officials learned this week how to use their museums to boost tourism, customer traffic and marketing opportunities…

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The Healing Power of the Arts
By Barbara Hirsch
Ventura County Star, May 5, 2010

I was fortunate to live in Manhattan for four years in the 1960s, while raising three small children. During the middle of the day, I often was able to slip away and, as a special gift to myself, visit many art galleries…

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Spread the World on Local Artists
Ventura County Star, May 5, 2010

Back in 1999, my wife introduced me to her grandmother, Gertrude Smith, an 80-something visual artist from a small town deep in the middle of Mississippi…

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Most Deserving Academic Stars
Ventura County Star, April 29, 2010

It was the perfect hilltop setting to see some of the county’s brightest stars…

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Love of Learning Brought Teen Through Hard Times, Student overcame family strife, time on streets
By Marjorie Hernandez
Ventura County Star, April 28, 2010

For Cheyenne Summers, graduating and moving on to college means more than just improving her education. It’s a means of survival…

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Young Poets Will Read Their Works At Special Dinner
By Alicia Doyle
Ventura County Star, April 27, 2010

To celebrate National Poetry Month and the recent publication of an anthology of poems by Ventura County children called “They Speak the Names of the Mysterious Rainbow,” local elementary and middle school students will read their work during a dinner to benefit California Poets in the Schools/ArtsLIVE…

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Beyond the perfect storm
By Hugh Ralston
January 16-22, 2009

Sometimes the phrase "perfect storm" is not strong enough to describe the challenges.

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Tough times require priorities, focus on mission
By Hugh Ralston
November 13-19, 2009

I once read of a board chairman of a nonprofit who claimed his proudest achievement in his three-year term was to ensure every board member knew the mission of the organization so well that if awakened at 3 a.m. in a hotel fire, each could articulate the mission in the stairwell as they evacuated in their pajamas.

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Giving local students a helping hand on their next journey
By Mary L. Schwabauer
Thursday, December 11, 2008

We all have memories associated with the calendar — back to school in September, family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas, heading to the beach to enjoy the warm weather of summer.

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Support of nonprofits continues
By Pierre Tada
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Re: your Oct. 15 article, "Local nonprofits face huge losses — Demand for services grows as investments, donations dwindle."

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VCCF builds community
By Hugh J. Ralston
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The old challenge "may you live in interesting times" has taken on more resonance this fall than ever before. We are living through historic times — financial panics, markets seizing up, institutions failing or consolidating and government interventions at unprecedented levels.


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