Inthis issue of Impact, we explore the community-driven effort that aims to ensure everyone in the capital area participates in next year’s Census count. The Foundation has been deeply involved in this effort since last fall, when we began working with the County of Sacramento to identify and reach-out to populations that have been historically undercounted in past Census efforts. (As you’ll learn, Sacramento County is among the hardest to count counties in all of California.) It quickly became clear just how important an accurate and fair Census 2020 count will be for the entire capital region and the state. Among other things, an undercount impacts funding for critical community programs like public libraries, early childhood education, school lunch programs, health services, and affordable housing—so many services that are essential to making our region equitable and thriving, and that our fundholders prioritize in their grantmaking.
I have been inspired by this collaborative effort, and I think you will be, too. This work has brought diverse leaders from across our region’s community-based and governmental organizations to the same table, all committed to a shared purpose. It is a perfect example of the ways community foundations across the country are transforming their communities by leaning into leadership, a phenomenon that the Chair of our Board of Directors, Martin Steiner, explores in a separate article highlighting the dialogue he witnessed at a recent convening of community foundation leaders.
Another example of that evolution is our sustained Strategic Initiative work, including the nonprofit capacity building that makes Big Day of Giving a success each year. In this issue of Impact, we celebrate this year’s record-breaking giving day and honor a special handful of people who helped make it possible—in addition to the 23,000 donors who gave!
Of course, none of this would be possible without our fundholders, who have partnered with the Foundation to maximize the impact of their philanthropy. I hope you enjoy reading about two local families whose generosity is making a difference across our region, from supporting students at UC Davis to helping kittens in Placer County.
As always, we welcome your feedback and thank you for your continued
engagement and support.
Linda Beech Cutler,
Chief Executive Officer