Working with Us

Helping our region flourish through grantmaking

In partnership with our generous donors, the Foundation has awarded over $226 million in grants since inception over 30 years ago, making us the region's largest grantmaker. We are proud to work with our fundholders and our region's nonprofits to serve El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties – the places we all call home.


Because we are a community foundation, the majority of our grants—nearly 63%—are directed by Foundation fundholders according to their interests, and even though the Foundation has grown to over $126 million in total assets, 74% of those funds are endowed, meaning that we must protect the principal and can only grant out a small percentage annually.

While donor-directed grantmaking continues to have a major impact in the region, our Foundation-directed grantmaking reflects our Strategic Initiatives and ensures nonprofits have the skills, tools, and resources to respond to our community's needs. We also manage a handful of donor-created Field of Interest competitive grants. We invite you to learn more about our Foundation-directed grants here.

A class at Empower Yolo

A grant from the Foundation helped Empower Yolo better provide connected health resources and education to Yolo County’s low-income population.

Learn more about Foundation-directed grantmaking

To attract funding from the Foundation, we suggest nonprofit organizations do the following:

View our Frequently Asked Questions for further information about Foundation-directed grantmaking, and links to resources for grantseekers in our region.


Through a Nonprofit Endowment Fund with the Foundation, community organizations can set aside funds to create long-term stability, plan for future growth or add to the organization's credibility with key donors. When you partner with the Foundation, we work closely with the leadership of your organization to help establish a fund that supports your goals for today and in the future. As an additional benefit, the Foundation handles the administration of the fund, leaving your staff and board free to focus on what matters – your mission on behalf of the community.


A Nonprofit Endowment Fund can help to meet future needs by providing a relatively constant source of operating income. The fund can be opened for a minimum of $10,000 and donors may use cash, stock, or other assets to grow the fund over time. 

Learn more about partnering with us


Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.

View the Calendar and Registry