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 our collaborations with fundholders and our community partners, the Foundation is transforming 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 region. 

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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Foundation awards over $300,000 to area nonprofits
December 7, 2021
Foundation awards over $300,000 to area nonprofits

Grants focus on supporting communities impacted by ongoing health and economic crises.

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Bringing Equity into Focus
November 16, 2020
Bringing Equity into Focus

By Niva Flor, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer

In 2021, we're doubling down on putting equity at the center of our community leadership.

 

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Taking a Stand for Educational Equity by Supporting Proposition 16
October 13, 2020
Taking a Stand for Educational Equity by Supporting Proposition 16

A Message from the Foundation

We are committed to ensuring all students have equitable opportunities to achieve educational success.

 

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How Can We Advance Racial Equity?
August 31, 2020
How Can We Advance Racial Equity?

Recommendations from Community Leaders

In the midst of renewed attention to racial equity, we gathered virtually with many of our fundholders to hear from leaders who are advancing justice in our region. We invite you to watch some of their remarks.
 

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Toward a More Inclusive, More Equitable Future
June 9, 2020
Toward a More Inclusive, More Equitable Future for Our Region

A Message from the Foundation

As we mourn the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of racial injustice who came before them, we cannot sufficiently express the grief, heartbreak, anger, and exhaustion prompted by these tragedies. But we can and will reaffirm our commitment to pursuing a more inclusive and equitable future for our region.

 

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Making the Census Count
April 17, 2020
Making the Census Count

By Gabby Trejo, Executive Director, Sacramento ACT, and Co-Chair of the Sacramento Community Complete Count Committee

The Census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to build lasting coalitions that strengthen our democracy

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Our Community Counts
July 30, 2018
Our Community Counts

By Linda Beech Cutler, Chief Executive Officer

Accurate census data is essential to our region’s future, which is why we are advocating for a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

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