Support Your Community This Year of Giving

Discover how to create a stronger community with Placer Community Foundation.

You have a partner for informed, high-impact, responsive giving in Placer Community Foundation. With our guidance and expertise, your contribution can be put to use quickly to respond to emerging needs. From fire relief efforts, access to affordable housing, support of our nonprofit sector, and the devastating impact of a global pandemic, Placer Community Foundation will work with you to feed, fuel, and feel real change when you give.

How to Give with Impact this year:

    1. Make a donation today and support Placer Community Foundation’s work in your community.
    2. Call our friendly and knowledgeable team for personalized recommendations for a giving plan that works for you.
      Schedule a consultation or call us at (530) 885-4920.
    3. See the impact in action. Discover how Placer Community Foundation connects people with causes and community, read the annual report.

Charitable Fund

Open a fund in your name.

Leave a Legacy Gift

Through your will or trust.

Charitable IRA

Qualified transfers are tax-free.

Your Options

How to Give.

Make a Gift Today

Donate online to honor or memorialize a loved one while supporting a cause in your community.

Give Us a Call

We love hearing from you. We’re as close as your telephone or your keyboard, so feel free to contact us directly to learn more about the Foundation and about making an impact in your community.


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 more than 70 years 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.

We’re in the business of building community. 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 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.

national-accredNationally Accredited

As a promise of our commitment to excellence and accountability, we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. Our accreditation by the Council on Foundations provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place.

PCF recently conducted a survey of fundholders and legacy donors, receiving a two-thirds 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.



Donors are very likely to recommend Placer Community Foundation to a friend or colleague and, when rating their satisfaction of different factors of our work, they gave the highest marks to PCF’s integrity and trustworthiness, the quality of its staff, and PCF’s knowledge of, and experience working with, local nonprofits.

“We have great confidence in the board and staff and feel the donations are responsibly administered for community needs.”


Read our Donor Survey summary here

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