Roseville resident Ruth Burgess is no stranger to giving back. Following her retirement, she served on the Board of Directors at Placer Community Foundation from 2006 to 2016 where she chaired the Grants Committee. When Ruth transitioned onto the Community Foundation’s Emeritus Board this past year, she sought new opportunities to gather with others in sharing the intrinsic, personal benefits of giving back. The result is a new donor-advised Women’s Fund at Placer Community Foundation.
The genesis of this charitable fund began when Ruth gathered 13 women to share thoughts around nurturing our community. “There was no agenda to the conversation,” states Ruth. “Each woman spoke candidly about a cause she felt was important to the community and we all became interested in learning about the organizations addressing them.”
The group formed a sub-committee to draft its mission statement and operational guidelines, and the group will meet regularly and hear from speakers about local issues and needs. They collectively contributed to establish the Women’s Fund at Placer Community Foundation and will determine grants to nonprofit organizations addressing one or more causes they wish to support.
“We are pleased to access the staff at Placer Community Foundation to learn about countywide needs and get connected to local nonprofit organizations, states Lori August Anderson, Chairperson for the Women’s Fund. “This, along with the diverse experience and interests of our members, will make our giving informed, impactful and highly meaningful.”
“The Women’s Fund is the happy result of gathering smart, community-minded people together,” states Ruth. “I’m proud to be a part of it and am excited for the group to learn and give back in the coming months.”
(In photo, left to right: Lori August Anderson, Mary Crocker, Ruth Burgess, Margie Shunk)