The Community Foundation of the Verdugos (CFV) has been proud to be a part of the philanthropic work in the Verdugo region for almost 65 years. Since Covid-19 turned all of our lives upside-down, the importance of a community foundation cannot be overstated. We look forward to sharing stories about the support the CFV has been able to provide nonprofits who are working on the front lines to address food insecurities, shelter, physical and mental health issues, and economic fallout from this pandemic.
But, there is yet again a new crisis. Individuals across the country are demonstrating in response to the appalling deaths of people of color. We sadly feel this grief. We share in the frustration and pain through recognition of peaceful demonstrations. We stand with those working toward a more equitable community.
Building community, inclusive of all, has been a part of the mission and focus of the Foundation through its participation or leadership with issues of health, education, children and youth, and housing for those most in need.
The CFV’s work has put individuals first with grant support for local nonprofit programs, scholarships for students with demonstrated need, and philanthropic guidance to our fund holders and donors. Many of these grants are for needs providing culturally sensitive services. The Foundation has supported social justice programs at schools in recent years. Grant support over the years has kept the most vulnerable, and underserved, in mind.
Our tag line since 2008 has been, “For good. For ever.” It has been the vision that what we do today will create a better tomorrow. Today, the CFV will continue to support our region and those organizations helping the most vulnerable. We will do this, as we have always done, with a focus on inclusiveness, funding support, leadership and collaboration.
And, as ever, with an ear to all voices.