The Central Valley Community Foundation Receives $5,000 From Golden State Farm Credit And Cobank

The contribution will help cover the costs associated with promoting crop gifting to support philanthropy and educational attainment in the Central Valley

Kingsburg (12-7-17) – The Central Valley Community Foundation, a local non-profit that tackles challenges on behalf of over 2 million people living in six Central Valley counties, has received a $5,000 donation from Golden State Farm Credit and CoBank, a cooperative bank serving vital industries throughout rural America.

Based in Kingsburg CA, Golden State Farm Credit provides dependable financing solutions for people involved in agriculture throughout Northern and Central California. Golden State Farm Credit assists many local nonprofit organizations by providing financial contributions, volunteer support, scholarships, and technical expertise.

“Golden State Farm Credit is deeply rooted in our communities and committed to helping agriculturalist and non-profit organizations,” stated Cheri McKinzie, Golden State Farm Credit’s Director of Marketing and Outreach. “We believe that a healthy agricultural economy and strong ties to the community are good for rural California. The Central Valley Community Foundation’s efforts to support every facet of their communities including arts, education, employment, environment, health, agriculture, economic development, and science matches Golden State Farm Credit’s belief that lending a hand to one person benefits everyone and makes for a richer environment in the neighborhoods where we live and work.”

“The Central Valley Community Foundation is grateful and honored to receive financial support from Golden State Farm Credit and CoBank,” says Ashley Swearengin, President & CEO of Central Valley Community Foundation. “These institutions are pillars of our Central Valley economy providing both business and philanthropic investments in our region. We are pleased to partner with them to try to increase philanthropic support in the Valley through crop gifting and other mechanisms that connect donors and high impact causes.”

The Central Valley Community Foundation donation was matched by CoBank through its Sharing Success program. Sharing Success was established in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative. Since the program’s inception, CoBank and its customers have together provided more than $25 million in support to charitable organizations across the nation.

“Sharing Success has had a broader and deeper impact than we ever imagined,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s president & chief executive officer. “We are delighted with the growing participation in the program by our customers, and deeply grateful to them for their assistance in identifying worthy charitable causes deserving of our support. We look forward to partnering with our customers once again this year and to sharing our success, in the best cooperative tradition.”

About Golden State Farm Credit

Golden State Farm Credit is a premier employer and borrower-owned cooperative, dedicated to providing reliable credit and financial services to rural agricultural communities located in Northern and Central California. Golden State Farm Credit is focused on helping agriculturalist reach their goals with mortgage & commercial loans, competitive interest rates, equipment leasing, appraisal services, and a special lending program for Tomorrow’s Farmers.

Find out more about Golden State Farm Credi at or call 800.834.8698.

About CoBank

CoBank is a $126 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.

For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s web site at

Pictured above:  Golden State Farm Credit presenting their donation to the Central Valley Community Foundation.  Pictured left to right:  Mike Rico (Golden State Farm Credit’s Regional Vice President), Cheri McKinzie (Golden State Farm Credit’s Director of Marketing/Outreach), Elliott Balch (Central Valley Community Foundation’s CEO), Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez (Central Valley Community Foundation’s Director of Donor Services)