May 14, 2019


The Community Foundation (TCF) work together for impact and guides work to increase philanthropy…


Open Board Meeting-The Community Foundation

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Open Board Meeting- Michelle Decker, President & CEO, The Community Foundation

Norton Regional Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408


 Present:   Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Rachelle Bussell, Ann Aryan, Ken Coate, Jennifer Cusack, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Vikki Ostermann, Thomas Rice, Dan Roberts, Elizabeth Romero, Kristine Scott, Phil Southard, David Van Voorhis and Frank Zabaleta.

Guests:  Darcy McNaboe, Catherine Pritchett, Karen Suarez and Flor Tolley

Announcements: 1) The AQMAD taxation bill (SB 732) that Inland Action opposed has been indefinitely tabled.  2) Members were asked to please weigh in with pros and cons regarding the Inland Action web site.  Staff will be focused on updating the web site and needs member feedback. 3) The Inland California Rising gathering on Friday, May 10 was well attended, and Inland Action was well represented.  Feedback on the event was requested from Kristine Scott.


Catherine Pritchett, Dir. Of Admin Services & Air Show Manager for San Bernardino International Airport has been proposed membership.  She would serve as the Alternate.

M/S/P: Catherine Pritchett will serve as the Alternate for San Bernardino International Airport.

Milford Harrison, Board President, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, has been proposed for membership.  He would serve as the Alternate.  If approved, he will be required to complete the Conflict Management Plan for Elected Officials.

M/S/P: Milford Harrison will serve as Alternate for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.

M/S/P: Minutes from April 30, 2019

Lowell King introduced Michelle Decker, President and CEO, The Community Foundation (TCF).

TCF gathers others to work together for impact and guides work to increase philanthropy in the community.  Ms. Decker explained that TCF provides leadership and a voice in the region.  In 2018, it raised $4.2 million and had total investment of $8.1 million.   They currently are managing $100 million.

Big ideas need grass roots policies that keep engagement.  To that end, TCF works as a convener, gathering nonprofit organization and community leaders to discuss and have impact on the most pressing needs of our community.

The priorities of TCF are to raise funds and work with donors, steward those funds, invest funds through grants and scholarships, advocate and provide community leadership.

TCF invests in the community through capacity building for 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations.  Grants are divided into several program areas, including:

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

They have a strong emphasis on education and are a College Futures Foundation partner in addition to assisting nonprofits that help people reach college.

Growth in the economy is critical, and TCF will build the backbone of Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO).  They will assist with the growth and suggestions put forth by the Brookings Report benefiting both Riverside and San Bernardino in a collaborative way.  Their next meeting will be on May 24, 2019.

TCF is one of ten organizations partnering with the State Census Office to count Inland Empire residents in the 2020 Census.  An accurate count is critical to obtain fair funding from both State and federal governments and will impact us for the next 10 years.  The organization has been designated by the Census Office as an Administrative Community-Based Organization (ACBO). Working with local community-based organizations (CBOs) in hard-to-count communities, TCF will draw down $2.4 million in State funds to support on-the-ground outreach efforts.  Many regional coordinators will be involved to bring local knowledge for reaching hard to count communities.  Technical assistance will come from ESRI and UCR’s Center for Social Innovation among others.  This will be the first census to include kiosks and an on-line presence.

Youth Grantmakers was created to empower youth to address issues that are important to them by participating in grantmaking.  During the year-long training, students learned to read and analyze a grant application, respectfully debate, listen to others’ perspectives, and prioritize the many worthwhile requests.  This program enables young people to become active agents of change, preparing them for responsive community leadership and practical hands-on service.

TCF provides additional community leadership in:

  • Disaster planning
  • Environmental education
  • Climate change

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting Adjourned 8:30 a.m.