Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly the Fresno Regional Foundation)

Effective philanthropy. Stronger communities.

aka CVCF

Fresno, CA


To cultivate smart philanthropy, lead, and invest in solutions that build stronger communities.

Ruling Year


President and CEO

Mrs. Ashley Swearengin

Main Address

5260 N Palm Ave, Ste 122

Fresno, CA 93704 USA

Formerly Known As

Fresno Regional Foundation


Philanthropy, legacy giving, planned giving, human services, arts and culture, Youth





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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What we aim to solve

CVCF is a nationally accredited community foundation headquartered in Fresno, California with approximately $90 m in gross assets. As the community foundation for over 2.04 million people, we serve the counties of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare and Kings. Our region has a remarkable collection of cultures and traditions, unique resources and a caring and resilient population. Home to people from all over the world — Armenians, Asians, Latinos, Scandinavians and Azoreans — to name but a few, the Valley is rich in history, heritage and diversity.

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Charting Impact

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CVCF is committed to these four priority areas: 1. Education and Job Training: Building the 'human capital' of the Central Valley; 2. Jobs: Expanding economic opportunities for low-income residents in the Central Valley; 3. Healthy, Safe Neighborhoods: Revitalizing distressed neighborhoods in the Central Valley; and 4. Quality Environment: Promoting a healthy environment and stewarding natural resources. In addition, CVCF strives to continue to offer the best local services in philanthropy management as responsible stewards of charitable dollars.

CVCF is working to accomplish our goals through strategic grant making, CVCF-initiated projects, and coalition building, briefly detailed below: The Fresno DRIVE Initiative is a 10-year Community Investment Plan drafted with input from a 300-person steering committee representing over 150 organizations in the Greater Fresno Region. The composition of the DRIVE coalition is unprecedented, representing a diverse group of civic, community, and business leaders that is committed to reducing the severe racial and economic disparities that exist in Fresno. The DRIVE plan is comprised of 18 investment initiatives that collectively call for nearly $4.2 billion of investment across three areas: economic development, human capital, and neighborhood revitalization. When successfully executed, the investment plan will deliver nearly 50,000 jobs, over 13,000 affordable housing units, 5,500 small business supported, and nearly 70,000 workers trained. More information can be found at Valley to Valley Initiative: An effort to recruit business investment from the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley to the Central Valley. PRO Neighborhoods: A 3-year, $5 million initiative funded by JP Morgan Chase, CVCF is the lead agency for a collaborative involving 11 community based organizations and 3 community development financial institutions. Half of the funds go to nonprofit lenders to make loans to small business and housing projects, and the remaining funds provide grant funding to CBOs to train them in small business lending. Shared Prosperity Partnership: An initiative focusing on growing the local, regional economy, as well as ensuring that low income residents in our communities are prepared for and have access to economic opportunities. Council of Business Sponsors: An initiative focused on CVCF's job and education priority areas. College Pipeline Plan: An initiative funded by the College Futures Foundation to convene secondary and post-secondary leaders to develop a Fresno Region plan to increase bachelor degree attainment. Transformational Opportunities for Youth: A multi-year, strategic re-granting initiative funded by The Hewlett Foundation to address teen pregnancy rates. Bechtel Foundation Water Initiative: Funded by the Bechtel Foundation, CVCF is one of five community foundations selected to participate in a "water cohort" to re-grant funds for local water-related priorities. Central Valley Legislators Roundtable: An effort to build collaborative, working relationships with legislators to build the region's civic infrastructure. Inland California Rising: In partnership with UC Riverside's Center for Social Transformation and the San Bernardino Community Foundation, a series of summits through Inland California in 2019. The summits will convene universities, community foundations, and mayors from Sacramento to Riverside to build a mega-coalition focused on jobs, housing, transportation, and education.

We work with donors and nonprofits to advance effective philanthropy and build stronger communities. Our staff has an in-depth knowledge of the needs in our region and the agencies and organizations that are working to find solutions. In October 2015, we launched the Center for Community — a collaboration hub for donors, nonprofits and the local community. Located in our Fresno office, the Center for Community is a driving force in leveraging the potential and impact of those who will shape the future of the Valley.

CVCF has identified indicators utilizing a logic framework model, and is working with local and national partners on projects to collect data for measurable impact. Below are descriptions of the indicator projects: 1. Fresno Scorecard: Managed by CVCF, this project shows community trends and allows for progress measurement in specific areas that demonstrate where Fresno is succeeding, and where improvement is needed. The baseline data for this project was collected in 2016. This project analyzes the sectors of people, agriculture, culture and quality of life, economic vitality, education, equity, health, housing, safe communities, strong families, and sustainable infrastructure. 2. Life Indicators for Transformation (LIFT) Index: Managed by CVCF, a community scorecard that speaks first to each individual's outcomes and then to the collective direction of our community. The Life Course Framework serves as an organizing tool that presents a person-centric, holistic view of the research for the life outcome milestones that determine success or lack thereof of our residents. The model contains 64 unique indicators. Data for this project will be collected every two years. 3. Equity Atlas: Managed by PolicyLink, a project to assess equity in a region by measuring whether residents -- regardless of their race/ethnicity, income, neighborhood of residence, or other characteristics -- are fully able to participate in the region's economic vitality, contribute to the region's readiness for the future, and connect to the region's assets and resources. Data collection is ongoing and analyzes the sectors of economic vitality, readiness, connectedness, healthy economically secured people, and strong regional economic growth. 4. Social Progress Index: Managed by the Social Progress Imperative, overseen by Michael Porter at Harvard University, this project measures and advances social progress to improve lives through the provision of robust, holistic, and innovative measurement tools that equip leaders and change makers in business, government, and civil society to advance progress. Data collection is ongoing and analyzes the sectors of basic human needs and foundations of well-being.

CVCF believes we are at a unique point in time in the history of Central Valley. Our region has suffered under chronic economic distress for more than a half century making us a place “worthy” or “needy” of investment (public, private and philanthropic) by every measure, but we have not necessarily been “investment ready.” CVCF is working to transform the Central Valley into a place with the capacity necessary to deploy significant, new investment.

External Reviews


Council on Foundations Accredited

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations 2019

Affiliations & Memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2006


Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly the Fresno Regional Foundation)

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Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2020

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We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.