Date: April 8, 2016 Author: Pamela Hagen
The El Dorado Community Foundation held its first Endow El Dorado Grants Gala last month in celebration of 25 years of effective granting. The event was designed to announce the 2016 Endow El Dorado grant recipients as well as honor and thank fund holders and donors who make these grants possible through their gifts to the Foundation.
With the theme of “Your Community…Your Foundation”, Executive Director, Bill Roby, provided the room full of donors, fund holders, county government and city government representatives with an overview of the Endow El Dorado Fund since its inception and acknowledged 2015 grant recipients. Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Karen Carter shared on a more personal level, her pride in the pride of her committee as they are entrusted and enabled to make these grants to our El Dorado County communities. Mrs. Carter then announced the 2016 recipients along with a brief description of the service and/or program their grant will support.
Founding board member and former City of Placerville Mayor, Carl Hagen, emotionally and eloquently relayed his experience of “the beginning years” of the Community Foundation in response to a spontaneous invitation from Bill Roby.
Board of Director President, Lois Patrick, closed the evening with a heart-felt thank you to the entire community for making the work of the Foundation possible. And then, in a pre-planned surprise, she announced the last grant recipient, The EDUHS Drum Core, who then burst through the back doors of the Shakespeare Club in full regalia, marching through the room in a rousing presentation that left the audience standing and clapping until they rounded and exited the building.
The Endow El Dorado Fund, just one of the nearly 300 funds that the Foundation administers, has been the impetus for some of the most innovative programs and services in El Dorado County through its grants totaling $1.3M. The 2016 grants alone totaled $120,073.00 to the following El Dorado County nonprofit organizations:
Strands Global Inc. – Human Trafficking Education
All About Equine – Day Camp for under-served Youth
AAUW – Tech Trek Science & Math Camp
Asociacion Guadalupana – Community Language Partnerships
Boys & Girls Club SLT– Safety First
City of Placerville – Community Services Department, Lions Park Project
Cougar Bank Aides – El Dorado High School Music Program
EDC Community Health – Community Nutrition Education
EDC Habitat for Humanity – Home Preservation and Safety Program
ED Community Vision – Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
ED Hills CSD Foundation – Bus Renovation for Mobility Impaired Seniors
SLT Historical Society – Third Grade Field Trip to the History Museum
Coalition for Homeless – South Lake Tahoe Warm Room
Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center – Fuel Operated Generator Purchase
Ponderosa HS Band – Ponderosa Bruin Marching Band & Guard Uniforms
SLT Cancer League – Transportation Program to Cancer Treatment
Tahoe Turning Point – Family Therapy Support
UMHS Band Boosters – UMHS Marching Band Uniforms
As the Foundation continues to celebrate this 25th year in existence as a nonprofit in El Dorado County serving their donors, their nonprofit partners, and the community as a whole, they look forward to telling the stories of how these, and other Foundation grants, affect the lives of the people who are touched by the services and programs that are made possible through them.
For more information about the work of the Foundation, ways to received grants and ways to become their partner in this philanthropic work call 530-622-5621 where their entire staff is available to serve you.