Our Mission, Our Community

The organizers and members of our Grants Advisory Board for Youth energize each other during a teambuilding activity at their annual retreat. Each year, local young people who serve on the Board work together to solicit, review, and make funding recommendations for youth-led projects in the Sacramento region, learning about philanthropy and community-building in the process.

Dear Friend of the Foundation,

Welcome to our 2016 Community Impact Report, a review of an exciting year for the region and the Foundation. This report highlights our mission, vision, and values that were developed as part of our strategic plan and recently reaffirmed by our Board of Directors. These are tenets that drive our daily activities, help us prioritize our work, and provide measurement and accountability for our outcomes.

In this report you will see how the Foundation’s leadership and advocacy are making a systemic difference through our four Strategic Initiatives: preparing students for college attainment and completion; connecting the regional food economy; fostering a thriving cultural economy; and expanding philanthropy. We know you will be inspired by the stories of the students who are overcoming barriers to achieve academic success and how Foundation investments will help to address inefficiencies in our emergency food system. You will see how we work to connect local youth with meaningful cultural experiences, how – through our Big Day of Giving and GivingEdge platform – we are expanding giving by making philanthropy accessible to all, and how we remain responsive to our community’s urgent needs. And, you will be introduced to some of our regional partnerships, important collaborations that help us amplify impact.

All of this work, aimed at transforming our community, is made possible due to the generosity of our fundholders. In 2016, we opened more than 50 new funds and received a record amount in gifts. We also saw the level of generosity expand, as the volume of grants awarded by the Foundation and our fundholders grew once again. The year also marked the challenging, but ultimately very successful, Big Day of Giving, when this region, led by the Foundation, overcame a nationwide technology failure and raised more than $7 million to support 570 local nonprofits. Preparations for Big Day of Giving 2017 are well under way. Please join us on May 4 to demonstrate once again that this region is collectively committed to supporting the nonprofits that do such important work.

Indeed, while not without its challenges, 2016 was a stellar year for the Foundation, but more importantly it was a year of increased focus on donor and community engagement, outreach, and collaboration. We look forward to working with each of you in 2017 and beyond to support a thriving community exemplified by opportunities for all to reside and work in a vibrant economy, benefit from a strong nonprofit sector, flourish through the strength of our diversity, and live with a sense of dignity and self-worth.

With profound gratitude,


Linda Beech Cutler,                   Donna L. Courville
Chief Executive Officer                2017-2018 Board Chair


Our Mission, Our Community: 2016 Community Impact Report

Focused Leadership and Advocacy

In 2016, we continued our work to strengthen the region by focusing on the underlying causes of our community’s challenges and, through our Strategic Initiatives, forging long-term solutions with lasting results.

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Inspiring Partnerships

Regional leaders sought our help to give back in 2016 and into the future. Our collaboration with Breakthrough Sacramento and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and our work with the Children’s Specialty Care Coalition to honor its founder, illustrate our unique ability to support the partnerships that can transform the Sacramento region.

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Expanding Giving

Embraced by the community, Big Day of Giving and GivingEdge have become engines of change in philanthropy.

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Meeting Vital Community Needs

In 2016, we awarded over $145,000 in Immediate Need Grants to 17 nonprofits across the four-county region that serve a variety of sectors, including health, human services, youth, and seniors.

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Growing Generosity

The Foundation's assets have grown steadily, as have charitable contributions made to the Foundation. Meanwhile, our grantmaking and scholarship programs continue to make impact in the Sacramento region.

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