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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 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 provides leadership and grows local giving to strengthen our community. We are 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.

Our Values

1. Act with integrity and respect, 2. Make courageous decisions, 3. Value our community and respond to its needs, 4. Listen, learn, and lead, and 5. Honor donor intent.

PCF recently conducted a survey of fundholders and legacy donors, receiving a 54% 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.

The survey findings indicate that donors have exceedingly positive perceptions of PCF. In particular, donors rate PCF very highly in overall satisfaction and would readily recommend PCF to a friend or colleague. Attributes donors most commonly use to describe PCF are “trustworthy,” “community,” “professional,” and “caring.”

“I’m very happy with all aspects of PCF and believe they have performed above all expectations I had when I invested in my Fund. The staff are the best!”

Read our Donor Survey summary here

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No matter how small, everyone wants to make a mark, leave a legacy, make a difference.

“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

Constantino Family Fund

“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

Tellman Family Fund

“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

Attorney at Law

Council on Foundations National Accreditation

As a promise of our commitment to excellence and accountability, we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. Our accreditation by The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place.

Candid Platinum Seal for Transparency

PCF recently earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid. This seal recognizes PCF’s status as a non-profit with a proven commitment to transparency. By keeping our profile up-to-date on Candid, potential donors and funders are able to trust our information is current and reliable for making educated decisions.

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