Our Impact

Making a measurable difference in the Sacramento region

 At the Foundation, our goal is to set the stage for pivotal change in the Sacramento region. We create positive impact by focusing on the underlying causes of issues, asking the tough questions, and seeking long-term solutions with lasting results. We also do this by inviting key strategic partners and fundholders to join us and focus resources where they can have the greatest impact on the quality of life in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. 

Read stories of our impact in the community


Our Strategic Initiatives

Through our collaborations with fundholders and our community partners, the Foundation transforms the capital area for good, for all. Guided by our mission, we are moving the capital area forward in areas where we know strategic philanthropy can be a catalyst for change: Helping grow local giving and strengthening the nonprofit sector, closing gender and racial gaps in access to higher education, strengthening the food system that feeds our region’s hungry, and fostering a vibrant creative ecosystem.

These are our four Strategic Initiatives, areas where we can play a significant leadership role, make catalytic investments, and partner with key stakeholders. We invite you to join us as we work together to create a community that we can all be proud of – now and always.

Philanthropy in the Social Economy

Leading to a More Generous Region

the Creative Economy

Fostering a Thriving Cultural Community

Preparing Students
to Succeed in the New Economy

Expanding Equitable Access to Higher Education

the Regional Food Economy

Leading to a Healthy, Accessible Food System

If you believe as we do that working together to forge upstream solutions is the best way to strengthen our region, please take a moment to learn about our four initiatives and browse some of our recently awarded grants to support the organizations in our community that have partnered with us in this effort.

Join Us!

We invite you to join us and help to make a difference in the Sacramento region – together – by donating to the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund.



Remaining Responsive to the Needs of Our Region

Occasionally, our advocacy for the region – its dynamic communities, its diverse people – extends beyond our local leadership in our Strategic Initiatives, and, in further service to our mission, we engage in topics that can impact philanthropy and the Sacramento area on a broader scale.

Advocating for a fair and accurate 2020 Census is a perfect example of such an issue, as an accurate Census is vital to everyone in the Sacramento region, including the fundholders, nonprofit partners, and community members whom we serve each day. That's why we are working closely within each of the capital region’s counties—and throughout 13 additional counties in northern California—to develop thoughtful outreach strategies that reflect the unique needs of local communities, including ensuring hard-to-count populations are identified and meaningfully engaged in the 2020 Census.

Learn more about Census 2020