What is a Community Foundation?

A catalyst for change in local communities

A community foundation like the Sacramento Region Community Foundation is created by and for the people in a local area. It enables those with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about — immediately, or through their will. Donors can establish charitable funds at the foundation by contributing a variety of assets and may also recommend grants — in their name, if they choose — to nonprofit groups they want to support.

Through promoting philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive, community foundations like ours have become catalysts for improvement within urban centers and in rural settings. They are one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today.

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At the Foundation, we take seriously our commitment to make philanthropy more accessible. That's why we've made it one of our Strategic Initiatives.

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Giving Through a Community Foundation

Community foundations offer donors many services and benefits. At the Foundation, we routinely work with families, individuals, estate and financial planners, and attorneys to design gift plans that fit every economic situation, ensuring that donors in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and that their philanthropic dollars are used to the fullest extent.

As tax-exempt public charities, community foundations build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to create permanent, named component funds to meet critical needs. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation accepts gifts of various sizes and types from private citizens, local corporations, other foundations, and government agencies. Nearly every type of gift — real estate, closely held stock, and insurance — can be contributed to a community foundation like ours. Gifts are made from bequests and by living donors through various types of funds and deferred giving vehicles.

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The Role of a Foundation in the Community

Like community foundations around the globe, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation aims to serve donors, nonprofit organizations, and the local community as a whole. One of a community foundation’s special functions is to evaluate and help coordinate the needs and services in its communities, so that charitable gifts are used effectively to fulfill a community’s most critical needs. At the Foundation, we have articulated those needs in our Strategic Initiatives, the areas where we can make catalytic investments and partner with key stakeholders to achieve meaningful change.

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By creating a charitable fund through the Foundation, you can make a difference in this community – now and always.

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