What’s Happening?

Keep up to date with the latest going on around Modesto and the surrounding Central Valley.

George Rogers Neighborhood Park Fund – Profile

George Rogers loved and supported the Airport Neighborhood as a teacher at Orville Wright Elementary School for 30 years. In recognition of his dedication to the community he served, the City of Modesto named a park in his memory next to the school he held so dear. Since 2003, The George Rogers Neighborhood Park Fund, housed with Stanislaus Community Foundation, has been raising funds to maintain the park, support the Orville Wright Little League and offering scholarships to area students. This year, George’s friends and family have launched the “Think of Me” campaign to raise $2,500 by April 1. To kick off the drive, George’s son, David, was gracious enough to answer some questions about the fund, and, of course, his favorite karaoke jams. Read more here.

What’s Your Inspiration, Meika Harmon?

Paul and Meika Harmon have been actively involved throughout Stanislaus County for decades. Many around Modesto’s business community know Paul from his outstanding work with PMZ Real Estate and his current/former leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations, including Community Hospice, Sierra Vista and Big Valley Grace Community Church. Both Paul and Meika also sit on the Board of Directors for the growing Kendall Foundation, which helps raise funds and provide resources for children with autism. Learn about The Paul and Meika Harmon Family Fund and what inspires their commitment to our community – read more here.

Five Questions with Ron Dickerson

If you breathe air and live in Modesto, it’s extremely likely you’ve already met Ron Dickerson. Along with his wife Lynn, the Dickersons have two funds with Stanislaus Community Foundation and are heavily involved in all aspects of life in Stanislaus County, including philanthropy, arts & entertainment and community service. Most recently, Ron was elected President of Modesto Sunrise Rotary and has brought his love of “all things Texas” to the small, but mighty service organization. Even with his jam-packed social calendar, Ron was nice enough to answer five questions about some life philosophies and his thoughts on philanthropy. Read more here.

Making Higher Education Happen For Students

Stanislaus Community Foundation CEO, Marian Kaanon, along with Kristen Beall, CEO of Kern County Community Foundation, co-authored an article about working within our regions to send more students to college. The article highlights our partnership with College Futures Foundation and paints a bright outlook for the future. Read more here.

Scholarship Profile – Jaisen Albor

2017 Stanislaus Futures scholarship recipient, Jaisen Albor, is making the most of his freshman year at Modesto Junior College. In addition to attending class, meeting new people and exploring the campus, Jaisen makes sure to set aside time for his family, and of course, his dog. With a 3.6 GPA and a desire to continue studying Psychology, the future is wide open for this young man on the rise. Read more about his transition from high school to higher education in our “Five Questions…” segment.

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SCF Announces High-Impact Advisory Circle

As part of its mission to build a culture of philanthropy in the region, Stanislaus Community Foundation has formed an Advisory Circle of local philanthropists who will engage with the organization in coming years to galvanize more local charitable investments. The Advisory Circle gathered for their first luncheon on Thursday, March 1, with presentations by local leaders on topics including crime and safety, regional economics, education and homelessness. In convening this group, Stanislaus Community Foundation strives to impact its larger vision of making Stanislaus County a community of choice where people live, work and thrive.

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Scholarship Profile – Alex Machuca

Navigating through the financial – and application – complexities of college isn’t exactly an easy venture. First-year CSU-Stanislaus student, and Stanislaus Futures scholarship recipient, Alex Machuca, utilized the services provide by Stanislaus Community Foundation to help complete all of his required paperwork and connect directly with his student advisor. Now a successful freshman (3.7 GPA!), Alex was kind enough to answer a few questions about how his transition to college has been working out so far.

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Transfer of Wealth in Stanislaus County

The Stanislaus Community Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Yosemite Chapter and the Stanislaus County Estate Planning Council to commission a county-wide Transfer of Wealth analysis. Quantifying our region’s Transfer of Wealth over the next 10 and 50 years helps illustrate the powerful role that philanthropy can play in the development of our community, government entities and non-profit organizations. Read the full summary