Community Foundation supports local nonprofits

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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The Community Foundation of Lincoln partnered with the city of Lincoln in 2003 and has been awarding grants to the community since 2004. “The mission is really to give grants to nonprofits within the Western Placer Unified School District’s area,” said vice president Sandy Klagge. “It goes slightly beyond Lincoln.” The grants go to a number of causes in the region, and two recent grants of $500 each went to the Police Activities League and Twelve Bridges Middle School. “We’ve given to the schools’ organizations, Friends of the Library, (FieldHaven) Feline Rescue and the Lighthouse counseling center,” Klagge said. More than $13,500 in grants were awarded this year by the foundation, including grants to Placer County Peer Court, Lincoln Girls Softball, the Western Placer Roller Hockey League and Lincoln High School’s Sober Grad Night. That number, however, pales in comparison to years past, when more than $30,000 was awarded. The reason for the drop, according to Klagge, is the state of the economy. The foundation has an endowment, and grants are made off the interest generated by the funds – the principal sum is never touched. With the economy’s current state, that interest hasn’t been as much as in years past, and the foundation is also being more cautious about how much money is granted, according to Klagge. There are a few things residents can do to help the foundation, Klagge said. “We’re always looking for people to make donations or remember us in their wills,” Klagge said, adding that there isn’t a need for volunteers in the foundation at this time. “Everyhting stays in the community, which is really cool,” Klagge said. The foundation will hold its first fundraiser Nov. 13 at the Catta Verdera ountry Club and will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres, with ticket sales and sponsorship funds going to the foundation. “I’m really excited about it,” Klagge said. Additional information: Community Foundation of Lincoln Gives grants to various nonprofit community organizations Donations needed to increase the amount of grants Contact Sandy Klagge at 408-0480