PLACER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Auburn, CA   |  www.placercf.org

Mission

Placer Community Foundation grows local giving to strengthen our community.

Ruling year info

2005

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Veronica Blake

Main address

PO Box 9207

Auburn, CA 95604 USA

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Formerly known as

Auburn Community Foundation

EIN

20-1485011

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Placer Community Foundation’s (PCF) mission is to grow giving to strengthen our community. With increased charitable giving we can distribute greater dollars to support equity and a high-quality of life for all. Growing giving requires a multi-tiered approach to promote generational philanthropy and create perpetual support to charities through endowment. PCF primarily services Placer County in California. The county’s growing population provides opportunities to grow giving in our community through awareness of our excellent donor services and charitable fund management, high-impact grantmaking, partnerships with our region’s professional advisors to create giving strategies that align with their client’s best interests and bold community leadership around pertinent causes in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nonprofit Initiative

Placer Community Foundation designed the Nonprofit Initiative (NPI) to help local nonprofit organizations thrive and grow. Representing the core of the Foundation’s direct support to local nonprofits, NPI provides expert infrastructure, governance and capacity building training and year-round guidance to area agencies. This support enables organizations to become better equipped to deliver higher quality, more sustainable, more valuable community services. Training topics may include Board Essentials, Engaging Volunteers, Grant Writing, e-Newsletters, Fundraiser Analysis, and Nonprofit Finance, among others. The day-long Nonprofit Leadership Summit generally explores Board Governance and Fundraising.

Administered by Placer Community Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, this program helps organizations assess progress, develop people, plan growth, and manage operations more effectively.

Attendees shared that after attending PCF training:
“We are generating a year-end report and started better searches for grants that match more closely with our mission and we have already completed two grants!”
“We now have a greater focus on goals, board engagement.”
“Very well done. These workshops have assisted with organizational processes. Thank you!”
“We came away with some good frameworks for doing strategic planning. We have a renewed resolve to plan and set goals, then to measure and review outcomes. I have gotten an improved understanding of the skills of board members to act in ways that improve the organization and its impact. Great training.”

Population(s) Served
Adults

Everyone is aware of how much teens need support and opportunities to learn, contribute, lead and develop life skills, and relate to others. Too often we hear bad news about the challenges of teens. Yet research reveals that teens (those wonderful, smart, creative, bring-on-the-world people ages 14-21) receive the least financial support. In general, philanthropic, government and nonprofit spending directed at teens is below what is invested in children ages 0-13. Placer Community Foundation awards competitive grants to address the needs of youth ages 14-21. There is one funding round conducted each year. The average grant award is $3,000-$5,000; any single award will not exceed $5,000. Funding is made possible by the Giving Circle at PCF.

Placer Community Foundation manages scholarship funds that are awarded to graduating seniors from area high schools each year. Many of these scholarships are also renewable for college students. Some scholarships are started by families or individuals; others by businesses or organizations. All scholarships share one goal: helping young people reach their educational goals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In 2010, the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program was established in Placer County through an endowed gift by Sue D. Cooley (Susan's mother) and the Sky View Foundation. The program represents a lasting legacy to the beloved local artist and environmental advocate. The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally established and highly-reputable artists who create in a range of media. The program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts aficionados we are fortunate to have in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Information we gather during our competitive grant programs, combined with one-on-one discussions with public officials, charitable fundholders and nonprofits, offer us broad and deep insight into the pressing needs and prevailing interests in our community. This better positions us to make vital links between funders, charities, public officials and everyday citizens.

Population(s) Served
Adults

It seems impossible to read a news publication in California today that doesn’t mention the housing crisis in our state. The need for housing that is attainable by everyone is staggering. Given that commercial and housing developments are still being planned and built in Placer County, we have a unique opportunity to provide more affordable housing for our workforce.

It was reported in 2016 that 54,000 new homes are projected to be built in the next 20 years in Placer County, adding over 165,000 more residents.

As part of our Community Leadership Initiative, PCF has created Placer Housing Matters, a project with the goal of educating the public and shining the light on the need for attainable housing for our workforce in Placer County. The project is centered around its website, which you can find at PlacerHousingMatters.org.

Quality, stable, affordable homes in a vibrant community contributes to individual and community success throughout Placer County. Attainable and well-located housing options are at the heart of individual economic opportunities and strong local economies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2007

Awards

National Philanthropy Day's Grantmaker of the Year for the Sacramento Region 2009

Placer Community Foundation

Women Who Mean Business- Veronica Blake 2013

Sacramento Business Journal

High Five Luminary Award for Collaborative Advocacy of Affordable Housing in Placer County 2018

First 5 Placer

Auburn State of the Community Award for Advocacy of Affordable Housing 2018

Auburn Chamber of Commerce

Women Who Mean Business, Woman of the Year-Veronica Blake 2020

Auburn Journal

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2005

League of California Community Foundations-Member 2012

American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter-Affiliate 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 totals includes CARES Act funding administered by PCF at the request of Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Sexual identity

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 totals includes grants made with CARES Act funding administered by PCF at the request of Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Number of unique community-based organizations supported by grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Health, Sexual identity

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 totals includes CARES Act funded grants made to 501c3 and 501c6 organizations.

Percentage of grants made to community-based organizations providing safety-net services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Helps Placer County’s most vulnerable populations thrive through the support of agencies that offer programs that serve them.

Percentage of grants made to community-based organizations that provide community development and leadership activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These grants help to build healthy, connected communities for Placer County residents by promoting social and economic development, serving a particular community, or building nonprofit capacity.

Percentage of grants made to community-based organizations that provide animal welfare and environmental stewardship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing stewardship by protecting Placer County open space and natural habitats, assisting orphaned/injured wild animals and returning them to the wild, reducing adoptable pet euthanasia.

Percentage of grants made to community-based organizations that provide services to youth

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Supporting nonprofits promoting positive futures for youth with an emphasis on at-risk youth, thorough scholarships, educational and/or peer-to-peer programing, and safety net services.

Percentage of grants made to community-based organizations that promote the arts and culture

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Used to increase access to and develop artistic and cultural experiences that enhance appreciation of and participation in the arts, and strengthen the arts segment of the creative local economy.

Number of training hours provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Nonprofit Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Representing the core of the Foundation’s direct support to nonprofits, NPI provides free expert infrastructure, governance and capacity building training and year-round guidance to area agencies.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Nonprofit Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, three trainings were offered in-person, including our flagship event, the Leadership Summit, and four trainings were offered virtually.

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Nonprofit Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Not included in these totals are additional nonprofit organizations who call our office for one-to-one guidance and advice.

Percentage of grants distributed in PCF’s COVID-19 philanthropic response

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Non competitive grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants made from donor advised and community needs funds, not including CARES Act funding.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PCF is an enduring organization that seeks to build permanent, lasting resources for our community. It is PCF’s goal that, through endowment, we can grow the number of grant dollars we distribute each year.

By building personalized, endowed charitable funds that are invested for the long-term growth, PCF can expect to leverage greater and greater grant dollars that are distributed to a variety of causes on an annual basis. With assets in our endowment pool reaching $100 million we could expect to distribute as much as $5,000,000 annually into our community—providing support to address: vulnerable, underserved and disenfranchised individuals and families, preservation and conservation of open space and wildlife, at-risk and underserved youth’s successful transition into adulthood and a vibrant and flourishing arts community.

Placer Community Foundation grows giving by operating within four unique strategies:

Personalized service - 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 keep them engaged in their giving by sharing opportunities that align with their interests and promote planned giving to carrying on and inspire their legacy with the next generation.

Charitable Fund Management - We manage charitable funds to provide the highest level of earnings and benefit—to our donors and to the causes they support. Our Board of Directors and Finance Committee oversees investments and benchmarks our performance. As a public charity, we make financial reporting and investment practices available to the public at placercf.org.

Local expertise - We gather information and track the local agencies and programs working for our community. Based on this information, we make grants and direct resources to the most appropriate areas. We stay alert to emerging issues and foster giving and volunteerism in our community, bringing groups of people together to work on solutions to community problems.

Community leadership - We play a key role in addressing community needs… now and in the future. We act as a community catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to address local issues in our community. We build endowments to ensure grants are always available to support the community and we support high-impact opportunities.

PCF is a local organization staffed by people from our community and led by a local board of trustees. This group of people has an in-depth knowledge of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape our community. This enables PCF to play a key role in solving community problems, while helping donors learn more about local needs in order to make their giving as effective as possible.

PCF’s history reaches back more than 70 years to when the Auburn Community Foundation was created in 1948 as a private foundation. In 2005, a few visionary residents saw the opportunity to expand the private foundation to a public one. That is when Placer Community Foundation was born, putting expertly guided charitable giving within reach for any Placer County resident. Today, PCF is a secure, accredited, and well-managed public resource with a multi-million-dollar consortium of funds. The Foundation has grown to be a strong leader, convener and connector, equipped to tackle our region’s most urgent challenges and seize promising opportunities to improve lives throughout Placer County and beyond.

PCF has been accredited since 2007 by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, which is administered by the Council on Foundations in Washington DC. Accreditation is renewed annually based on a rigorous evaluation of PCF’s operations, ensuring that donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration meet the highest standards. PCF’s consistent compliance with program requirements is a nod to our expertise in the field and provides quality assurance to donors and professional advisors.

PCF’s greatest accomplishment to date has been the great satisfaction and engagement of new, old and prospective donors around our community leadership efforts. We believe these efforts are fostering philanthropy countywide and thus aiding in our mission to grow giving. We view our leadership role as vital in our community and will continue these and other efforts ongoing. Examples of this work includes:

COVID-19 Response Fund – Donors expressed great satisfaction in the emergency response grants we quickly deployed and saw (and continue to see) us as a way to leverage their giving to support multiple safety net services. Extensive outreach of the fund revealed great opportunities to expand our philanthropic reach to the 400,000 people in our county—furthering our efforts to grow giving. Placercf.org/covid-19-response-fund/

Nonprofit Initiative – PCF has provided regular technical assistance training to over 400 nonprofits in the county since 2005. The trust and satisfaction the staff and board of directors from these nonprofits express through regular surveys is working to grow endowments at PCF to support their operations. Additionally, they see PCF as a resource for planned giving and are working with us to foster these gifts among their board members and donors where appropriate. Placercf.org/nonprofit-initiative/

Placer Counts, 2020 Census 2020 Outreach – PCF collaborated with county and nonprofit agencies to administer an outreach campaign to ensure an accurate and full census count. This work further conveys our commitment to support equity and inclusion in our community and efforts to secure federal and state funding for vital programs and services that contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community. Placercounts.org

Placer Housing Matters – PCF leads a campaign alongside nonprofit partners and community stakeholders to advocate for construction of affordable, workforce housing. This work has greatly heightened PCF’s role as a leader and community catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to address our county’s dire housing crises and to identify solutions for real change. Placerhousingmatters.org

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We primarily support 501(c)3 organizations and the people they serve on the western slope of Placer County, California. Additionally, we support 501(c)3 organizations in California, the United States and international organizations headquartered in the United States.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We learned from our nonprofit partners and community stakeholders the need for civil discourse programming. We implemented a series of civil discourse grants in varying parts of our county and, with a lead organization, they conducted discussion groups among people of different race, age and economic backgrounds.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PLACER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 7/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Williams

Retired Architect

Term: 2020 - 2022

Nadder Mirsepassi

Sutter Health

Guy Gibson

Attorney

Larry Welch

Retired HP Executive

Ellen MacInnes

Retired wealth advisor

Sheila Cardno

Wealth advisor

Richard Saletta

Retired Placer County employee; Consultant

Margaret Fulton

Attorney

Elise Baker

Attorney

Bonnie London

Town of Loomis

Raúl Martínez

County of Placer

Pam Constantino

Retired wealth advisor

Sue Thompson

Realtor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.