Placer Community Foundation honors donors for giving back in 2014

Lincoln’s ReDirect Camino Nuevo members participate in event
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Placer Community Foundation recently honored almost 200 of its donors at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis.

Guests learned about the many ways their philanthropy impacted Placer County in 2014 and were the first to view a two-minute video showing the impact of Placer Community Foundation 's Community Needs Fund on Placer County today. 


Todd Jensen, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, began the night by announcing that in 2014, 74 charitable funds managed by the Community Foundation distributed $660,000 in grants. He honored retiring foundation board members Justice Keith Sparks and Kelly Richardson, whose forward-thinking initiative helped to create Placer Community Foundation and grow it to more than $12 million in charitable funds, 22 percent of which are unrestricted.

Attendees then heard from Placer Community Foundation’s board chairwoman, Pam Constantino, who spoke of the decision she and her husband made to support the foundation’s unrestricted Community Needs Fund. 

By supporting this fund, Constantino said, "I know we made a difference in our community that we could not have made by ourselves. We have confidence in the staff and board at Placer Community Foundation to determine the community's greatest needs and to meet those needs." 

Attendees also heard from Jose Luis ,  a participant in ReDirect Nuevo Camino’s programs to support at-risk youth in Placer County. Luis spoke about the impact ReDirect has made on his life. 

ReDirect , a Lincoln nonprofit organization, was a 2014 Youth Development grantee, funded through Placer Community Foundation’s Giving Circle.  

"I was being bullied so I joined a gang because I thought that would help," Luis said. "I was getting in trouble at school and with my family until I joined ReDirect. It changed the way I look at the world. I want to go to college, major in psychology and help other teens because being a teen can be the hardest part of life." 

Attendees were also treated to a dance performance by three middle and high school girls from Lincoln. They took part in ReDirect’s programs, and because of a Placer Community Foundation grant, are connecting to their cultural heritage and empowering themselves through Aztec drum and dance.

Finally, donors enjoyed a locally-prepared meal by chef Laura Kenny, author of “Placer County Real Food” and “The Art of Real Food.”

The event was sponsored by SAFE Credit Union, Justice Keith and Mary Sparks and Carpe Vino.


About Placer Community Foundation

Placer Community Foundation connects donors with causes. The foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. The Placer  Community Foundation provides regular trainings and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations that are experiencing growing public demand for programs and services. To learn more about establishing charitable funds, visit, contact Veronica Blake at or call (530) 885-4920.