Inspire Giving Fund

Inspire Giving was established in 2009 as a program of the Metro Chamber Foundation and is held as an endowment fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The goal of the program is to cultivate and celebrate civic-minded leadership, volunteerism and philanthropic giving in the Sacramento region. 

Inspire Giving's motto is “a little is enough, if enough people do it.” The program celebrates the collective impact of individual contributions. This Request for LOI’s is the tenth solicitation of Inspire Giving and serves as the avenue for the endowment's award of monetary contributions (up to $10,000), in-kind services and/or volunteer support.

This grant opportunity is closed.

Please note that the requirements articulated below were developed for a previous round of the grant opportunity. Details for future rounds may differ.

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This year, Inspire Giving is looking to support organizations with a focus on Mental Health and Crisis Intervention as the priority giving area for the 2019-2020 year in alignment with the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Four Point Business Promise to create a more Vibrant Community.

To be eligible for consideration, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant agency must have 501(c)3 status;
  • Service area must be within at least one of the six counties (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba) covered by the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation;
  • Applicant agency must have at least two years of operational history with an annual operations budget in excess of $250,000;
  • Applicant agency must have a proven track record and demonstrated success in the focus area listed above; and
  • Must not have been the recipient of an Inspire Giving grant or Leadership Sacramento project since 2012.
  • For Fiscally Sponsored Organizations:
    • Both the applicant agency and fiscal sponsor must have at least two years of operation history 
    • Applicant agency must have a current, annual operations budget in excess of $100,000. Fiscal sponsor must have a current, annual operations budget in excess of $250,000. 
    • 1 designee must commit to representing the organization throughout the year and partner with Inspire Giving.
Activity Date
LOI Launch September 30, 2019
LOI Deadline October 28, 2019
Member Voting Opens November 6, 2019
Member Voting Closes November 22, 2019
Grant Winner Announced  January

Applicants are encouraged to identify their specific need for cash, in-kind services, skilled or unskilled volunteer support, and be as descriptive as possible as to how best to match your organization needs with resources provided by Inspire Giving. Videos submitted should be able to be viewed on their own and provide a clear message. The videos will be circulated to Inspire Giving members prior to voting. For information on the application process, eligibility and to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI), please click the link below and fill out the online form.

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Completed LOIs are due by October 28th at 5:00 p.m.  LOIs will only be accepted through the online system. No paper, emailed or late submissions will be accepted.

For questions regarding eligibility requirements and criteria, please contact Andrea Ellinghouse, Metro Chamber Foundation Program Director, at

For questions regarding the online submission process, please contact us.