UAIC named top 'Grantmaker'

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SACRAMENTO - The United Auburn Indian Community was recognized Thursday as the “Outstanding Grantmaker” for its philanthropic role in Placer County. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Capital Chapter, recognizes and honors fundraisers and philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day. This year the local chapter honored the United Auburn Indian Community Giving Fund. Recently, the UAIC contributed $1 million to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and has donated widely to other Placer County social services and animal benefactors. Leilani Vierra, chief executive officer of the Placer SPCA, has experienced firsthand the generosity of the UAIC Giving Fund, and that’s why she nominated UAIC as “Outstanding Grantmaker.” “In 2006, the Placer SPCA was faced with the challenge of expanding our facilities to better serve the homeless companion animals in our community, and we reached out to the United Auburn Indian Community for assistance,” Vierra said. “After members of the Community Giving Fund toured our facility, we were notified that they would be granting us a $25,000 gift to construct our first on-site spay and neuter clinic to prepare the animals in our care for adoption.” The UAIC Community Giving Fund is a philanthropic branch of tribal government established in 2004 to achieve the tribe’s philanthropic mission. The program is funded with an annual budget of $1 million. Its mission is to support organizations that positively affect the physical, emotional and educational well-being of Placer County residents who are disadvantaged. – Staff Reports