On Thursday, May 23rd, Placer Community Foundation’s Board of Directors held their meeting at Lincoln City Hall in the heart of historic downtown. “The Foundation strives to support the variety of communities that make up Placer County. This meeting was an opportunity for our board to visit Lincoln and hear about the good work that is being done in a growing city,” said Placer Community Foundation CEO Veronica Blake.
PCF has made over $100,000 in grants to Lincoln nonprofit organizations since 2007. Grantees include Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, Emmaus Church Community, Friends of the Lincoln Public Library and ReDirect Nuevo Camino. The Community Foundation also held a grant technical assistance workshop at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum earlier in the month.
Angela Ponivas from Lighthouse Family Resource Center and Joann Hilton from ReDirect Nuevo Camino attended the meeting to share how grant funds are supporting families in need within the community. Lincoln City Council member Paul Joiner also provided an informative presentation to the board about the significant, 10 year growth in Lincoln’s population and how the City is preparing for probable, continued development over the next few years. “We see Lincoln’s steady planned increase in growth, in compliance with its General Plan, as the means to a more self-sustaining city. Essential to that growth is the revitalization of our historic downtown, improved access to our airport, and the preservation of our small town feel.”
PCF board member Elizabeth Jansen knows all too well about the importance of keeping the Foundation in touch with the Lincoln community. Elizabeth is a 4th generation Lincoln resident. She served on the board for the Lincoln Community Foundation and currently serves as board president of the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. Her great grandfather, Walter Jansen, came from Denmark to Lincoln in 1877 when he was 16 and started the grain business which became Walter Jansen & Son. The business incorporated four generations, including Elizabeth’s great grandfather, grandfather, father and brother and successfully operated from 1895-1990. “It is important for the Foundation’s Board of Directors to understand Lincoln’s rich history and strong community pride because it helps inform how best to direct local giving during times of growth,” she stated. “My family has belonged to this community for four generations. They taught me to nurture where you belong. I’m proud to serve on the Placer Community Foundation Board so I can do just that.”
About Placer Community Foundation
The Placer Community Foundation grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Foundation continuously monitors the community to better understand the nature of local needs, so that they can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. The Foundation and its donors have invested over $4.1 million in Placer County, and currently has assets over $10 million. To learn more about supporting our local nonprofit organizations, go to www.placercf.org or call 530-885-4920.