• Solano Community Foundation Joins Nationwide Celebration to Recognize the Local Impact of Community

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    November 07, 2019

    Solano Community Foundation Joins Nationwide Celebration to  Recognize the Local Impact of Community

    FAIRFIELD, Calif ─ Solano Community Foundation will join in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2019, to recognize the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. National Philanthropy Day is in the middle of that week, on the 15th.

    For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work.  During this time, community foundations come together to share and reflect on the stories of impact over the past year.

    Solano Community Foundation will be posting comments and ideas regularly on Facebook and Twitter during the week.  In addition, they are preparing for the #GiveLocalSolano online giving campaign that will take place this year on December 3, the internationally-designated #GivingTuesday to follow Thanksgiving and other major ‘day’ events – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  In the middle of that week, SCF will hold a meeting of its partners in the #GiveLocalSolano campaign, 35 or so participating Solano County-based nonprofits that serve our community.

    “The work of community foundations spans beyond the practice of giving.  There is a tangible impact that can be seen in the lives of those these selfless organizations serve,” said Connie Harris, SCF’s chief executive officer.  “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

    Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits and represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.  Thus far this year, SCF has awarded just under $ 460,000 to Solano County nonprofits, schools, and scholars to support program delivery to residents.  This includes classroom instruction in music, field trips for ‘at-promise’ youth, mentoring and tutoring programs for K-12 students, health care for older adults, social safety-net programs, and 15 new scholarships, among other programs.  Included in that figure is disbursal of the remaining years of scholarships for students enrolled in four-year degree programs.  In a new program to benefit county nonprofits, SCF disbursed $60,642 for 13 general operating support grants.  SCF offered 15 professional development workshops to its Nonprofit Partnership Program members during the year (300 people attended them), and is leading the #GiveLocalSolano giving campaign as mentioned above.

    As community foundations find solutions for communities large and small, urban and rural – it is the collective work of these organizations that will have the most profound impact.  Next year, community foundations nationwide, will gather for the 2020 CF United Conference to focus on the power of place.  This immersive experience will provide participants support to address unique challenges, leverage tools for innovation and convene forward-thinking conversations.

    Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H. W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

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    Samantha Fordyce, Development Associate
    (707) 399-3846
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