The COVID-19 Response Fund is providing relief to Placer County’s vital nonprofit safety net services in response to the coronavirus outbreak

Nonprofits need our support more than ever. PCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations to help them swiftly and effectively address the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and mitigation measures in our area.

Charitable giving has an important role to play in our response to this crisis as individuals and as a community. Please help us ensure that basic needs are met, including food, housing, and access to healthcare. Large or small, your gift is a noble act of togetherness and solidarity in this difficult time.


“The value of a public/private partnership between Placer County HHS and PCF on a COVID-19 response can’t be understated. By sharing knowledge of community impacts and coordinating support, we can be more strategic and effective on how public resources and private donations are being deployed during this crisis.”
~Raúl Martínez, Placer County Health & Human Services & PCF Board Member

The COVID-19 Response Fund is a public/private partnership between Placer Community Foundation and Placer County Health and Human Services to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Fund will help support the increased demand that Placer County nonprofit service providers are facing related to the impact of COVID-19. PCF is communicating and coordinately closely with local government and social services organizations to understand where charitable dollars are needed most and have the greatest potential for impact. This includes Placer County Health and Human Services, family resource centers, senior services organizations, food banks and others. Because of the flexible structure of this fund, the grant-making process will be fluid, timely, and nimble to act on opportunities and need.

The Community Foundation expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks. Please check back here to view the latest updates as PCF’s response evolves.



Placer Community Foundation accepts a variety of gifts including cash, securities, real estate, and other tangible personal property.  If you have questions about how to give an asset, please contact our Philanthropic Services Manager, Jessica Hubbard.

If you would like to write a check, please make your check payable to PCF with COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo and mail it to Placer Community Foundation at P.O. Box 9207, Auburn, CA 95604. Contributions can also be made online.


PCF Donor Advised Fundholders who would like to suggest a  COVID-19 Response Fund grantee can do so here.



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Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations to nonprofits?
This Fund was not created to be the only way to get needed resources into the community, but to help channel resources that will have the highest impact into the community, and to help facilitate coordination among entities. We encourage individuals to support our community in the way you are drawn to.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with partners and the nonprofit community to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email us at [email protected] to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

I’m an individual or small business that has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
Placer Community Foundation is working to move resources to nonprofit community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals or businesses, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on our website. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a particular grantee? 
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

When will you share who receives a grant?
We anticipate making grants as soon as possible and will publish the list of selected grantees on Placer Community Foundation’s website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.

Is the Placer Community Foundation office open? 
As our staff works proactively to combat the spread of COVID-19, we are making adjustments to our operations to promote social distancing and help our community flatten the curve. Employees whose duties allow them to work remotely will stay home through the month of April. We have also postponed all our in-person events and meetings for the time being. Please contact [email protected] with questions or needs regarding our office hours.

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