Our Impact

Community leadership to build a more equitable Sacramento region

 At the Foundation, our goal is to set the stage for pivotal change in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. Through collaborations with fundholders and community partners, we aim to transform the capital area for good, for all. 

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Guided by our mission — and anchored in our commitment to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Sacramento region — 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 are playing significant leadership roles, making catalytic investments, and partnering with key stakeholders in pursuit of a more vibrant and equitable community. 

Expanding Philanthropy in the Social Economy

Fostering a Thriving Cultural Community

Our work is advancing efforts to ensure the leadership, staff, constituents, and supporters of local nonprofits reflect our region’s diversity.

Preparing Students to Succeed in the New Economy

Expanding Equitable Access to Higher Education
With our partners, we are increasing college completion rates among students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education.

Transforming the Creative Economy

Fostering a Thriving Cultural Community
We are investing in arts education and leading public/private partnerships to ensure the region’s cultural landscape is inclusive.

Connecting the Regional Food Economy

Leading to a Healthy, Accessible Food System

Our work is streamlining emergency food networks to address food insecurity in underserved capital area communities.

Join Us In This Work

From hosting regionwide convenings, to addressing historical disparities in the arts, to making grants aimed at combating structural inequity in communities through capacity building and education, we continue to seek ways to bring our fundholders, nonprofit partners, and community leaders together to take part in a collective vision for a stronger capital area. 

If you believe as we do that working together to forge equitable upstream solutions is the best way to strengthen our region, please take a moment to learn about our initiatives. You can also join us in this work with a gift to the Building Equitable Communities Fund.

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We also invite you to register to receive occasional email updates about our equity-focused work, including information on future community listening sessions.

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Related Resources

A Proper Harvest
June 26, 2023
A Proper Harvest

With our new program tied to Big Day of Giving, Cultivate, we’re pushing back against nationwide fundraising disparities to strengthen the capital region.

A Bold Future
February 1, 2023
A Bold Future

To respond to our region’s greatest needs, we must advance philanthropy as a vehicle for justice, write Elaine Abelaye-Mateo and Niva Flor.

Our Strategic Roadmap
January 31, 2023
Our Strategic Roadmap

An encouraging picture of our collective accomplishments emerged during our latest strategic planning process. Also present was a theme that, to enhance our collective impact, we must be bolder. 

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