Impact: Spring 2021

Our region’s nonprofits have helped meet the incredible need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you’ll read in this issue of Impact and the 2020 Year in Review, Foundation donors have given generously to support community-driven responses during the past year. In all, fundholder- and Foundation-directed grantmaking topped $19 million in 2020, a record.

2020 Year In Review

With that in mind, I look to tomorrow with hope. The capital  area has a resilient nonprofit sector, and as Valley Vision’s Evan Schmidt shares, I’m not the only person  who thinks so. I’m proud that the Foundation’s sustained work to strengthen the region’s social sector—including through Big Day of Giving and The Lab Capacity Building Program—has played a vital role in supporting nonprofits’ responses to the cascading crises of the past year and ongoing recovery efforts.

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Of course, our work is only possible with your support. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued engagement.

With gratitude,

Linda Beech Cutler,
Chief Executive Officer


A Devastating Year, A Resilient Community

For the past year, area nonprofits have stepped up to serve, with support from generous neighbors.

Mutual Assistance Network

Mutual Assistance Network used donations like that from the Frans DeBry Fund to step beyond the restrictions of government contracts and remain responsive to community needs.

My Mother's Voice

Among its other pandemic response efforts, My Mother's Voice distributed over 11,000 meals to local families with the support of a grant from the Poswall Family Foundation.


Trusted Institutions

By Evan Schmidt, CEO of Valley Vision

Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations remain trusted community resources throughout the pandemic, even as trust in other civic institutions frays.

Learning Together

By Niva Flor, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer

The Lab's small learning cohorts give nonprofit leaders opportunities to tackle big problems.


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. 

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