Nonprofit Initiative

Helping local nonprofits thrive.

Strengthening Local Nonprofits

In 2021, Placer Community Foundation commissioned a study to examine how the Covid pandemic affected our local nonprofit sector. The goal was to illuminate the economic and social contributions the sector provides our county, the affect the pandemic had on their operations and why public and private dollars to support their operations is critical to their work. Read the report here.


Placer Community Foundation designed the Nonprofit Initiative to help local nonprofit organizations thrive and grow. Targeted to nonprofits serving residents along the western slope of Placer County, the program helps organizations deliver higher quality, more sustainable, more valuable community services.

In 2020, this program served 127 nonprofits with free training on a variety of relevant topics. By accessing the programming of this initiative, local nonprofit organizations can more effectively assess progress, develop people, plan growth, and manage operations.

Read about this program’s successes in a comprehensive report created by Tracy Regis of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Read the Nonprofit Initiative executive summary here.

The Nonprofit Leadership Summit has done more to advance our charity than any other single event.

Linda Yaffe

Vice President, Literacy Support Council of Placer County

2021 Trainings

Human Resources: January 28
How to Use QuickBooks to Effectively Run Your Nonprofit: March 8 and 10
Effective Virtual Engagement: March 17
Nonprofit Leadership Summit: April 8
Effective Board and Committee Leadership: April 14
Get the Most Out of Zoom: April 21
Navigating a Successful Post Covid Transition With Your Volunteers: April 28
Foster an Environment of Connection: Trust, Respect, and Care with Donors: May 17
Beyond the Check: Stretching a Donor & Engagement Tactics: May 24
Board Essentials: June 7
Implicit Bias in the Workplace –What it Looks Like and How We Can Address It: June 16
Leadership and Power Dynamics for the Board: October 11
Need to Know Finance for Nonprofit Board Members: November 1- Register here
Take Your Fundraising Strategies to the Next Level: November 15

Our thanks to Nonprofit Initiative Sponsors:

County of Placer Board of Supervisors
Gene and Susan Lock
Kenneth Giannotti
Larry and Linda Welch Charitable Fund
Richard Azevedo
Robert Kemp Community Fund
Samuel and Norma Johnson
Veronica Blake


“The Nonprofit Initiative at Placer Community Foundation enables local nonprofits that address numerous important causes to gain practical and technical skills, which benefits everyone in our region.” – Jim Holmes, Supervisor District 3, County of Placer 

“Placer Community Foundation has shown exceptional leadership in our community by providing this thoughtful programming. Our nonprofit sector is stronger because of it.” – Carol Garcia, former Mayor, City of Roseville

“Placer Community Foundation has been a proven source of state of the art training for Placer’s nonprofit leadership. The Foundation is now the trusted voice for ‘call to action’ throughout Placer’s communities, ensuring citizen support for the good work performed by our priceless nonprofits. Thank you, Placer Community Foundation, for your amazing work and your professionalism!” – Susan Rohan, former Mayor, City of Roseville

“We are so fortunate to have Placer Community Foundation working with our local nonprofits. Not only do they strengthen those organizations through training and development opportunities like the Nonprofit Leadership Summit, they also make it easy for our community to take part in local philanthropy, which creates a real sense of community pride.” – Kirk Uhler, former Supervisor, County of Placer

“I proudly support Placer Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Initiative because it makes Auburn’s nonprofit sector stronger and therefore makes the city a better place to live.” – Bridget Powers, City of Auburn

“Placer Community Foundation has helped strengthen hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our County. Their work will pay dividends in our community for years to come.” – Paul Joiner, City of Lincoln

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