Recent Grants

We are proud to support a variety of causes and organizations with our Foundation-directed grantmaking each year, because we know community-driven philanthropy improves the quality of life across the Sacramento region.

Below is a sampling of organizations that have recently received grants from the Foundation's competitive opportunities.

The Del Paso Heights Neighborhood Fund was established to help organizations serving the Del Paso Heights community meet the needs of the people who live, work, and play there.


  • Del Paso Heights Growers' Alliance: Hosting weekly and monthly service-learning projects to support the growth and development of equitable food production practices.
  • Feed Sacramento Homeless: Providing youth development services and mentorship for at-risk youth who are unhoused or live in low-income communities to help them overcome stress factors.
  • First Steps Communities: Helping Life Practice Counseling Group extend free, onsite therapy to the community at The Grove.
  • Hmong Youth & Parents United: Educating the community about Hmong herbs, produce, plants, and recipes and starting a Pop Up Pantry at the Hmong Senior Garden.
  • Mercy Holistic Ministries: Providing monthly and weekly shower days, clean clothes, hygiene kits, and haircuts to the neighborhood.
  • SAC Connect: Hosting a weekly support and leadership group for youth ages 12-18 to help teens in the area engage in activities to promote connection, self-care, healthy coping, and leadership development.
  • Sacramento Children's Museum: Providing students from Del Paso Heights Elementary School with a field trip to experience a new interactive exhibit, "Measurement Rules!"
  • Sierra Nevada Journeys: Bringing science to life for children through engaging classroom activities and field trips.


The endowment created for the Jerrold B. Whitney/Clayton Pinkerton Fund awards grants each year to public and school libraries for the purchase of books. 


American River Natural History Museum; Auburn Elementary School; Bella Vista High School Library; Congregation B'nai Israel Sosnick Library; Culturphorium, Inc.; Del Campo High School; Elkhorn Village Boosters; Genevieve Didion K-8 School; Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange; Library of MusicLandria; Neighbor Program, Inc.; Peter J. Shields Elementary School; Riverview STEM Academy; Robla Elementary School; Rocklin Academy Gateway; Sacramento City Unified School District; Schnell Elementary; Skyridge Elementary School; Sunshine Family Outreach Center; Tahoe Elementary School PTA; Union Mine High School; Vista Del Lago High School; Yolo County Library Foundation


A.M. Winn Public Waldorf EK-8 Community Guild; ASSIST Academy; Cordova High School; Friends of the Lincoln Library (FOLL); Leonardo da Vinci Parent Teacher Council; Lincoln High School; S I T T Y - Stay In True To Yourself; The Library Of MusicLandria; William Jessup University


Capay Atelier; Cordova High School; Isador Cohen Elementary School; Mather Heights Elementary School; Peter J. Shields Elementary School; Schnell Elementary; Sacramento City Unified School District Fern Bacon Middle School Library; and Sacramento City Unified School DIstrict - Ethel Phillips Elementary


Friends of the North Sacramento/Hagginwood Library; South Tahoe Middle School; The GreenHouse


Elk Grove Unified School District (C.W. Dillard Elementary School); Friends of the Library of El Dorado County (South Lake Tahoe Branch Library); Kit Carson School; Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange; Parker Whitney Elementary; Schnell Elementary; Union Mine High School Library; Yolo County Library (Arthur F. Turner Community Library); Ethel Phillips Elementary School

The Benson Fund for Senior Services in Placer County awards grants to assist organizations in Placer County with a focus on providing assistance and services to seniors. 


California CareForce; Placer Independent Resource Services; Placer County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Petal Connection; Seniors First Inc.; Society for the Blind; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Volunteers for Multipurpose Senior Center Inc. 


California CareForce; Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. Center; Parkinson Association of Northern California; Placer Independent Resource Services; Seniors First; Snowline Hospice; Society for the Blind; St. Vincent de Paul Society, Roseville Conference

Grants from the Foundation’s Building Equitable Communities Fund support organizations throughout El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties that work across a range of sectors, including human services, education, arts and culture, community improvement, and youth development.


3 Point 0 - Studio T Arts & Entertainment; 916 Ink; ARNHA/Effie Yeaw Nature Center; Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, Inc., dba ACC Senior Services; Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP); Breakthrough Sacramento; California Alliance of Caregivers; California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation; Camp Nefesh; Casa de Brazilian Folkloric Arts of Sacramento; Center for Land-Based Learning; College Track Sacramento; Compassion Planet; 
Computers 4 Kids; Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley/Central California (CAIR-SV/CC); Food Literacy Center; Gender Health Center; Iu-Mien Community Services; Latino Center of Art and Culture; Light & Water; Marshall Foundation for Community Health; Mercy Coalition of West Sacramento; Midtown Homeless Assistance Resource Team (Midtown HART); Midtown Parks; My Sister's House; Opening Doors Inc.; Placer Veterans Stand Down; River City Food Bank; Runnin' for Rhett; Sacramento National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory; Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness; Sierra Service Project; Society for the Blind; Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Projects; SSIP Food Closet; St. HOPE Academy; The Library Of MusicLandria; and Theatre for Children, Inc. D.B.A The Sofia, Home of B Street Theatre.

The Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association Charitable Fund supports programs operated by small nonprofits, veterinarians, and veterinary students to improve the welfare of domestic and wild animals as important links to culture and ecology, in alignment with the Fund's mission: "Strive to strengthen the human-animal bond by promoting education of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and the public on animal and public health."


All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.; Front Street Animal Clinic; Gold Country Wildlife Rescue; Hope for Horses, Inc.; Kitten Central of Placer County; Placer SPCA; Project RIDE; Sisters Animal Sanctuary; UC Davis Orphan Kitty Project; and Yolo County SPCA

To date, grants from the Sacramento Region Disaster Relief Fund total over $840,500 to 118 organizations that provide vital services within our community – including emergency assistance, food security, healthcare, and childcare services – and organizations that face severe operational challenges and non-recoverable expenses as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The recipient organizations are: 3 Point 0 | Studio T; 3Strands Global Foundation; 916 Ink; Agape Villages Foster Family Agency; Advance Peace; ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter; American Red Cross; American River Conservancy; Anti-Recidivism Coalition; ACC Senior Services; Assistance League of Sacramento; Auburn Interfaith Food Closet, Inc.; Behavioral Educational Assessment Services; Boys & Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento; Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe; Breakthrough Sacramento; Bridge Network; Broad Room Creative Collective; Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies; CASA El Dorado; Calidanza Dance Company; Cal Aggie Christian Association; California Alliance of Caregivers; California Health Collaborative; Celebration Arts; Children's Choice for Hearing and Talking Sacramento (CCHAT); Children's Law Center of California; City Year Sacramento; College Track; CommuniCare Health Centers; Community Against Sexual Harm; Community Foundation of Orangevale and Fair Oaks; Compassion Planet; Davis Community Meals and Housing; Downtown Streets Team; E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts; Elk Grove Food Bank Services; Focus on Family Foundation; Food Literacy Center; Foster Youth Education Fund; Future Foundation of Sacramento; Friends of the Arts Commission; Gender Health Center; Granite Wellness Centers; Greater Sacramento Urban League; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento; Improve Your Tomorrow; Juma Ventures; Keaton's Child Cancer Alliance; La Familia Counseling Center; Latino Center of Art and Culture; The Library Of MusicLandria; Life Matters, Inc.; Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center; Love With No Agenda Inc.; Meals on Wheels Yolo County; Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless; My Mother's Voice; My Sister's House; NAMI Sacramento; Neighborhood Wellness Foundation; New Morning Youth & Family Services; Opening Doors Inc.; Acres of Hope; Placer Food Bank; PRIDE Industries; Progress House Inc.; Project Access, Inc.; Project GO, Inc.; REDA; ReIMAGINE Mack Road Foundation; Resources for Independent Living Inc; RISE Incorporated; River City Food Bank; Roberts Family Development Center; Sacramento ACT; Sacramento Ballet; Sacramento Children's Chorus; Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services; Sacramento Helping Hands Foundation; Sacramento LGBT Community Center; Sacramento Loaves & Fishes; Sacramento Native American Health Center; Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera; Sacramento SPCA; Sacramento Zoological Society; Saint John's Program for Real Change; Seniors First; Shores of Hope; Short Term Emergency Aid Committee; Sierra College Foundation; Sierra Community House; Single Mom Strong; Society for the Blind; Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Projects; St. Vincent de Paul Sacramento Diocesan Council; Stanford Youth Solutions; Starting Point for Refugee Children; Street Soccer USA; Sunburst Projects; The Gardens Family Care Community Center, Inc; The Salvation Army Del Oro Division; Twin Lakes Food Bank; Upper Room Dining Hall; Verge Center for the Arts; Veterans Resource Centers of America; Volunteers of America-Northern CA and NV; WEAVE; Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc.; WellSpace Health; Wellspring Women's Center; Wind Youth Services; Woodland Volunteer Bureau Food Closet; Women's Empowerment; YMCA of Superior California; Yolo Hospice; and Youth Development Network.

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This Fund supports young performing artists from underserved backgrounds in the Sacramento region, ensuring they enjoy increased access to performing arts education and training. Learn more about the Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists grant opportunity, and its origins.


E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts; Sacramento Theatre Company; University Enterprises, Inc. (on behalf of California State University, Sacramento); Teatro Nagual; and The Freedom Bound Center DBA Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center


Department of Sound, Focus on Family Foundation, Sacramento State Performing Arts Collective, Sacramento Master SingersSacramento Theatre Company, and Studio T Urban Dance Academy

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Lincoln Theatre Company, Sacramento Mandarins, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the Barbershop Harmony Society

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California Musical Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Company, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Youth Symphony, and Sinag-Tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association



Because of our fundholders' support, the Foundation has made strategic investments in the nonprofits that serve the Sacramento region.

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