Donor Advised Funds continued to make a local impact during a time of need
January 31, 2022
The Foundation awarded $18.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2021, bringing the total awarded since its inception in 1983 to over $200 million.
"So many in our community have experienced hardship because of ongoing crises and our region's donors continue to step up and demonstrate that philanthropy is a powerful force for good in this community," said Linda Beech Cutler, the Foundation's chief executive.
As in past years, the majority of the awards were disbursed within the Foundation’s four-county footprint. Over 2,300 philanthropic grants were awarded from charitable funds at the Foundation to nonprofits serving a range of sectors—including health, human services, education, arts and culture—within El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.
In all, 38 new charitable funds were established by individuals, families, and businesses in 2021 to facilitate their philanthropy.
Nearly half of all grants were directed from Donor Advised Funds at the Foundation and our partner community foundation. In addition, a significant portion were associated with the Foundation’s initiatives — including Big Day of Giving and those we awarded to support communities impacted by ongoing health and economic crises.
The Foundation's scholarship awards were also remarkable, topping $1 million to support students pursuing their dreams, including nearly $150,000 to students in the Foundation’s Capital Area Promise Scholars program.
Sacramento Region Community Foundation has been the trusted steward of charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through philanthropy since 1983. As the center of philanthropy in the Sacramento Region, the Foundation's mission is to transform our community through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving.
By focusing on the root causes of local challenges, seeking solutions with long-term results, and supporting the organizations that tend to the vital needs of the capital area, we help create the conditions for meaningful transformation in the Sacramento region.