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About The Community Foundation
We foster an ecosystem of philanthropy to create meaningful change in Placer County and beyond. We do so by providing efficient and effective giving tools for donors, impactful grants for nonprofits and collaborative leadership around the most pressing needs in our community. With roots reaching back 68 years to 1948 when Auburn Community Foundation was created as a private foundation, it was restructured in 2005 and became Placer Community Foundation to broaden its mission of growing local giving to benefit the community.
Placer Community Foundation helps identify and meet emerging needs within our community by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live, learn, work and play in Placer County. We track the impact of organizations and programs working to make a difference in our community and through the generosity and vision of our donors we grant hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
We envision Placer County as a healthy, connected community, and we work at the intersection of donors, needs and partners to make it happen. Our work is accomplished through:
⇒ Flexible future funding for unforeseeable philanthropic needs.
⇒ Meaningful legacies that ensure enduring impact.
⇒ Circumstances improved by grants that help the most vulnerable.
⇒ Causes advanced to build a vibrant region.
⇒ Priorities perpetuated exactly as the donor intends.
⇒ Institutions sustained through annual and endowment funding.
As a unique, established resource for community philanthropy, we serve donors and nonprofit agencies that are turning community resources into community good.
Placer Community Foundation is a nonprofit community corporation created by and for the people of Placer County. We are an enduring organization that grows local giving to strengthen our community. We work to be the preferred conduit for donors and professional advisors interested in establishing charitable endowments.
We’re in the business of building community. As a unique, established resource for community philanthropy, PCF serves donors and nonprofit agencies that are turning community resources into community good. We work closely with people who give and their professional advisors to help each donor achieve his or her personal, charitable and financial goals. We help individuals, families and businesses create personal legacies through named funds.
1. Be open to learning and listening, 2. Honor donor intent, 3. Act with integrity, 4. Make courageous decisions, 5. Value our community and respond to its needs, and 6. Lead by example.
PCF recently conducted a survey of fundholders and legacy donors, receiving a two-thirds response rate, and the results from our Donor Survey are unanimous. Our donors value the services, the responsiveness and the impact of giving through Placer Community Foundation.
Donors are very likely to recommend Placer Community Foundation to a friend or colleague and, when rating their satisfaction of different factors of our work, they gave the highest marks to PCF’s integrity and trustworthiness, the quality of its staff, and PCF’s knowledge of, and experience working with, local nonprofits.
“We have great confidence in the board and staff and feel the donations are responsibly administered for community needs.”
Read our Donor Survey summary here
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“I know that with Placer Community Foundation we made a difference that we could not have made by ourselves. Because our gift to the Community Needs Fund adds to an endowment, our family’s gift will last longer than our lifetime.”Pamela Constantino
“We’ve given to the Community Needs Fund and the money is well spent where the Foundation identifies the needs. With their excellent staff and board, PCF is very well managed and they magnify what we can do in the community.”William Tellman
“I like to send clients to PCF to develop their charitable ideas. I’ve been impressed with their growth over the years. I like the way I’m treated, it’s a nice relationship, and it makes me willing to send my clients and contacts to them.”Kay Brooks