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Local nonprofit CEO named to list of ‘Top 50 Women in Business’ 

Heidi H. McPherson

Heidi H. McPherson

–The Pacific Business Coast Times released their Top 50 Women in Business article on March 26, 2021. Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Business for her philanthropic career and dedication to nonprofits.

As CEO of The Community Foundation, McPherson works with her team and The Community Foundation Board to provide support for the community by serving as a catalyst and connector between donors and local nonprofit organizations. McPherson’s focus on improving the community did not slow when in-person work halted due to the pandemic. In fact, with the help of her team, McPherson led The Community Foundation through one of its most impactful years, providing over $5.1 million to local nonprofit organizations through 808 grants in 2020. Her momentum continues on as The Community Foundation just awarded over $500,000 through the Spring General Grant Cycle, making a cumulative $1.13 million distributed throughout our region since January 2021.

McPherson says she felt the importance and pull of philanthropic work long before her career with The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. In fact, after reflecting on what fulfilled her, McPherson made the decision to shift her focus from maritime law to philanthropy and nonprofits. She says she is honored by her role as CEO of The Community Foundation where she has the opportunity to work with generous donors and the many nonprofit organizations that support the community she loves and calls home.

“It has been an honor to work closely with Heidi this past year as we navigated the best way to make an impact in SLO County through the pandemic,” said Jeff Buckingham, Board President of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. “Her dedication to supporting organizations that work directly with the most at-risk populations in our region served as a symbol of hope.”

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