‘Outstanding’ and with the award to prove it

Placer Community Foundation lauded for its support of nonprofits
By: Kristine Guerra Journal Correspondent
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The Placer Community Foundation is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Grantmaker award. The California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected Placer Community Foundation based on its financial and in-kind philanthropic support given to nonprofit organizations. The award, given earlier this month, specifically recognizes Placer Community Foundation for its two primary grant programs, the Technical Assistance Program, or TAP, and the Audience Development Program For the Arts. Jeff Darlington, executive director of Placer Land Trust, a TAP grant recipient, said the award was “well-deserved.” In the last three years, Placer Land Trust received about $15,000 worth of TAP grants from the Placer Community Foundation. The grant money was used to update Placer Land Trust’s accounting procedures, conduct a financial audit and assist in strategic planning and development activities, Darlington said. “As a result of the grant, Placer Land Trust became the first nationally accredited land trust in California,” Darlington said. “We appreciate the role that they’re playing in the community, and we’re very pleased to see them receive recognition.” Placer Nature Center, also a recipient of a TAP grant, received $4,500, which funded classes and workshops at the Nonprofit Resource Center in Sacramento for its board members and executive directors, said Program Manager Megan Krekorian. Classes were on management, grant writing and marketing. “The money allows us to improve our organization and run it more efficiently, and we’re able to have a consultant to attend our board meetings to work with us on our new strategic plan for the next five years,” Krekorian said. “It’s been really fantastic that we’ve been able to attend these classes to better run the organization.” Placer Community Foundation CEO Veronica Blake accepted the award during the 2009 National Philanthropy Day’s Awards Luncheon held on Nov. 3 in Sacramento. “Our appreciation starts with the Beecher family who gave us our first unrestricted gift, to the James Irvine Foundation for continuing to fund our arts programming and to all of the individual donors who choose to do their giving through our Community Foundation,” Blake said. “Their trust and commitment in our programs is, and will continue to have, an impact on the quality of life we enjoy in Placer County,” she added.