Special Projects

Placer Community Foundation's ongoing community endeavors.

Nonprofit Leadership Summit

For five years Placer Community Foundation’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) offered funding for a consultant to work with a nonprofit organization to address an area of its business model. In 2010 the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors sought ways to maximize TAP by addressing current needs affecting nonprofit organizations of all sizes. We surveyed the nonprofit sector and received guidance from a steering committee comprised of nonprofit executives and volunteer board members.

The result was the defining of our Nonprofit Initiative and the development of a comprehensive Nonprofit Leadership Summit which is offered annually free-of-charge to nonprofit organizations operating throughout most of Placer County. In addition to honoring the leaders who volunteer their time on boards of directors, the full-day event addresses best practices and an array of techniques that work to engage every board member.

Visiting Artist

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate. The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media.

Phoebe Toland: 2016 Visiting Artist

Phoebe TolandIn spring of 2016, the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program Visiting Artist recipient was artist Phoebe Toland. Learn more>

Toland conducted hands-on workshops at Blue Line Arts, as well as lectures at various locations in Placer County. Want to know who will be here in 2017? Subscribe for updates below.


GivingEdge is a powerful community tool and resource to help you find nonprofit organizations in our region, learn about the impact they are making, and make a donation. Each nonprofit in our database is a partner of GiveLocalNow, a movement to increase local giving. This free online tool helps you learn more about your favorite charities, as well as discover new organizations that match your interests.

The database contains profiles with comprehensive information on the people, programs, financials and needs of local nonprofits. We encourage you to explore the profiles and learn more about the organizations that serve our community. The mission of GivingEdge is to revolutionize charitable giving and nonprofit practice by providing comprehensive information about local charities advancing transparency, accountability and best practices for nonprofits, enabling donors to make informed decisions, and encouraging charitable giving.

Placer Collaborative Network

A project of the Community Foundation, the Placer Collaborative Network (PCN) is a member-based association of over 60 nonprofit, government, faith-based, educational and municipal entities working on collaborative solutions to issues facing children, adults and families of Placer County.


The Placer Collaborative Network brings community leaders together to develop creative solutions for change. Change that brings about a better quality of life for those living in Placer County.

Values of collaboration, creativity and service drive the work at Placer Collaborative because we believe together we really are better.

Access to Food

A task force of the Placer Collaborative Network was formed to look at Placer County Food Systems and identify areas to strengthen it and help families have access to healthy food. The report below is the result of several focus groups and an online survey. It will be used as a tool to design training and network needs, to encourage collaboration, and to educate the public on the opportunities to support the systems.

Additionally, through a partnership with Placer Food Bank and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, the map to the left was developed to show areas of low food access.

Read the PCN Food Report here.

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