True Stories of Inspiring Generosity
Each year, people from all walks of life make generous donations to Placer Community Foundation. We use these funds to issue grants to the nonprofit organizations working to resolve pressing community needs and seize important community opportunities. Together, we’re making life better in Placer County.
We invite you to read these true stories of impact and hope. In some cases, we’ve changed people’s names to protect their privacy.
Captain Mike Holmes is many things—a decorated combat veteran, a retired professor, an actor, a history preservationist and above all else, a philanthropist. But the story of Mike Holmes and how he ended up in Auburn, California doesn’t begin with him…. Read More>Mike Holmes
From growing up in the housing projects of New York to a chance love affair that brought her to California, Rosie Wohlfromm has led an incredible life of giving that will continue to grow through the charitable legacy she created… Read More>Rosie Wohlfromm
For Vicki and Alan, giving back comes naturally – like Alan’s father offering fruit and vegetables on the bus. They give because it feels good and does good. The Alan L. and Vicki E. Takagishi Endowment Fund will continue this legacy… Read More>Vicki and Alan Takagishi
Modest and unassuming as they are, one might be hard pressed to learn about the public service and giving back that has been an integral part of Nancy and Kenneth Kahn’s life. Ken worked in several different capacities for the… Read More>Ken and Nancy Kahn
From the moment that Bill and Barbara Tellman met at Stanford University, where he was studying to be a doctor and she to be a nurse, they have held a shared compassion to help others that has lasted throughout their 51 years of marriage… Read More>Bill and Barbara Tellman
Guy and Sigrid Gibson are committed residents of Placer County. Guy owns a law firm that was established by his father in 1953 and is a past President of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, he joined the PCF Board of Directors… Read More>Guy and Sigrid Gibson
Jim Williams and his wife, Diane, opened The Williams Family Fund in honor of James T. & Ruth Ruhkala Williams at Placer Community Foundation. This unrestricted fund will address unmet community needs over the years through… Read More>Jim and Diane Williams
Although Gail and Charles Muskavitch began their lives in two very different ways, their shared passions brought them together. Born in Texas, Mildred Cornelia Smith was the oldest daughter of seven children. They were raised by a single mother… Read More>Gail and Charles Muskavitch
While shuffling their kids to and from their many activities they became aware of the community assets and the necessity to care for them. “We’d ask ourselves, ‘What would happen if the community pool needs a major repair?’ or ‘Who was… Read More>Pamela and Alex Constantino
For four generations, members of the Walsh family contributed to the growth and prosperity of Auburn. The first Walsh, James, settled here in 1853. Years later, his grandson Jack served as postmaster and was elected mayor. Lillian Walsh was… Read More>John G. and Lillian M. Walsh
As part of their Jewish faith, Jim and Judy Ganulin grew up learning the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and it’s clear they’ve taken that message to heart. It’s been only two years since the couple moved to Placer County… Read More>Jim and Judy Ganulin
By the time Helen Shuman, 57, contemplated the sale of 100 acres of undeveloped but prime real estate, her future was secure. As a successful entrepreneur, she had built a flourishing chain of flower and gift shops. As a staunch…. Read More>Helen Shuman
For Mark and Stacey Haney, Placer County has been the place they grew up, started their careers and raised their two children. Throughout the years the entire family has enjoyed and remained active in team sports, so establishing…. Read More>Mark and Stacey Haney
Mr. Kemp was born in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY in 1917. Both his parents emigrated from Russia to New York by 1912.He served as a Colonel in the Air Force during World War II, spending a period of this term in Africa. Upon returning… Read More>Robert Kemp
In the 1940s, Irene went to work for a San Francisco stock broker and quickly developed a knack for spotting quality stocks. After strategically building her own portfolio and realizing significant gains, she eventually settled in the foothills… Read More>Irene Schnaus
Frank Porter has made an indelible mark of gratitude for vital care he received during his last years of life. His gift through bequest establishes the Frank and Gladys Porter Endowment Fund which provides support to organizations… Read More>Frank and Gladys Porter
If you ask Bud Beadles why he gives charitably, the reply is one word: Humanity. Throughout their life together, Bud and his wife, Bernie, planned for the future. When Bud knew that retirement was coming soon, he began to think about… Read More>Bud and Bernadine Beadles
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