The San Joaquin Community Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Kern Community Foundation, and the Central Valley Community Foundation jointly convene the Central Valley Legislative Roundtable, a gathering of district staff from the Valley’s state and Federal delegation. The quarterly meetings provide an opportunity for information sharing, finding opportunities to work together across the political and geographic spectrum of the Valley, and leveraging public and philanthropic resources.
The Foundation understands the importance of Valley leaders working together — whenever possible – to champion the cause of the region in the state’s and nation’s capital. This unique public-philanthropic partnership provides opportunities for bi-partisan problem solving and leveraging the activities of the public and philanthropic sectors in the region. The quarterly meetings rotate around the region, giving district representatives the chance to learn from their counterparts and community voices from other parts of the Valley. In 2021, the community foundations collaborated with the Gates Foundation to improve college degree attainment in the region. Members of the Central Valley Legislative Roundtable spent months learning about and advocating for equitable dual enrollment as a key strategy to improve college degree attainment in the region, including supporting a $200M allocation in the FY23 State budget to promote dual enrollment.
The Foundation loans staff time to this collaborative with the other community foundations in the Central Valley. Our team plans, convenes and facilitates the quarterly meetings and work sessions.
All eight counties of the Central Valley – Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties.
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