By Louis Medina, Communications Committee Chair

The Kern Alliance of Nonprofits (KAN) was launched in 2016 by a small group of local nonprofit leaders who care deeply about building the capacity of the nonprofit organizations in Kern County.

KAN’s Vision is…To create a strong community benefit sector that plays a vital role in a healthy, prosperous and vibrant Kern County.

KAN’s original Mission was…To strengthen the Community Benefit Organizations of Kern County. Following a process that involved stakeholder feedback and strategic planning in the Spring of 2019, KAN’s new, more fleshed out Mission is…To strengthen the Nonprofit Organizations of Kern County through training, networking and advocacy.

An all-volunteer organization of committed leaders in the nonprofit sector, KAN provides monthly educational workshops from September through April, focusing on diverse aspects of nonprofit work. These workshops are taught by qualified leaders and are free to nonprofits.

Our quarterly social mixers are sponsored by local business partners and designed to bring community-based organizations, for-profit businesses, and their partners and supporters together for strategic networking.

Through a partnership with KGET and Telemundo, we showcase the work of nonprofits to the community on the morning and evening news in English and Spanish via our Strength is Visibility nonprofit showcase series.

The KAN Steering Committee meets monthly at the offices of Kern Community Foundation to guide the Alliance’s work in the areas of strategic planning, education and nonprofit leadership development, communications and outreach, advocacy, membership, and more.

We communicate the needs of the nonprofit community to elected officials as part of our advocacy work.

You can learn more about KAN at kernfoundation.org > KAN. Visit us on Facebook @kernallianceofnonprofits.

We hope that you will donate to us through Give Big Kern so we can continue to strengthen Kern’s hard-working nonprofit sector, especially in light of new COVID-19 needs.