Carmichael Parks Foundation

To enrich the quality of life for children, families and seniors in our community by securing funds for recreational scholarships, enhanced programs, and beautification and modernization of Carmichael parks and facilities.

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Address: 5750 Grant Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Sharon Ruffner
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-717-1731
Founded in 2009, the Carmichael Parks Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation to benefit neighborhoods and existing parks in the Carmichael Recreation and Park District by generating funds for youth scholarships and park beautification projects. With the support of community leaders and the Carmichael Recreation and Park District Advisory Board, the Foundation helps the Park District with the acquisition, construction, development, and maintenance of public recreation facilities, programs, special events, and open spaces.
A primary function of the Foundation is to provide scholarships to local youth so they may participate in the many recreational programs offered by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. These include the Kid's Hang Out After School Program, dance and gymnastics, tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, and a wide range of activities for summer day camps. Each participant is charged a fee which is intended to cover the costs of supplies and staff who serve in each program area. Some Carmichael families are unable to cover the costs and the Park District has had to turn away many youth whose families are not able to pay these fees.

Our Foundation scholarships cover up to 50% of the program fees with the family covering the balance. If the family has more than one child participating, the scholarships can cover up to 75% of the fees. The Foundation hopes to continue to increase the number of scholarships given each year and to be able to expand the program by offering scholarships for the Tiny Tots preschool program as well as to Seniors and other low-income adults in the Carmichael community.

The Carmichael Park Foundation also generates funds for park beautification and renovation projects. The Carmichael Recreation and Park District is an established park district whose revenues come from the Sacramento County homeowner's tax base and are based on the number of homes and properties within the District boundaries. These revenues only increase as new homes are built or homeowner taxes increase. Since we are an established community, there is minimal land for new homes to be built and limited new homeowner taxes to increase our annual revenues.

The Carmichael Parks Foundation has raised funds for improvements at Charles Jensen Botanical Gardens and Carmichael Community Garden and at Sutter Park, as well as for upgrades at the John Smith Hall at La Sierra Community Center. However, as the gem of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District, Carmichael Park is in need of improvements to make it a more attractive, safer, and welcoming community center. The Foundation is currently focused on raising funds to build two Bocce ball courts in Carmichael Park. Other improvements to Carmichael Park, as well as the many other parks and open spaces within the Park District, have been identified and can be prioritized as resources become available through the Foundation's fundraising efforts.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Donations to support our Youth Scholarship program and park beautification efforts.
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Any donations made to the Carmichael Parks Foundation that will support future fundraising events, or specific needs as they arise all in an effort to support youth and park beautification.
  3. In-Kind Donations - Donations of goods or services to support our programs. Needs such as gift cards, gift baskets, or specific products or experiences that can be used in raffles or auctions at events to generate additional funds. Products that can be used for fundraising events such as food, beverages, or other similar products.
  4. Board Members - Additional members of our board who support our mission and act as volunteers to engage community support in putting together fundraising events, promote fundraising sponsorship opportunities, and offer new services to the foundation's leadership.
  5. Volunteers - Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising events, particularly the annual Dinner in the Park in September, our premiere fundraising event. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and take-down, greeting guests, providing food and beverage service, providing music before and during dinner, assisting with the live auction, and other general help to facilitate the event. We can also use volunteers to assist with other fundraising activities, such as greeting and educating the public about the Foundation during specific celebrations and events sponsored by the Foundation and the Park District, as well as other types of general assistance throughout the year. Please contact us to become A Friend of the Carmichael Parks Foundation!
"The Carmichael Parks Foundation has been able to dramatically expand youth scholarships since we began offering them in 2015. We have quadrupled the number to 300 and are now including preschool-age children. During this past year we have made significant contributions to the Kids Hangout After School Program, providing four computers, and a new reading nook along with support for the monthly Kid's Night Out Program. The Foundation continues to help with beautification of our thirteen parks, including recent improvements to Jensen Botanical Gardens and the Sutter Community Garden. In addition, we are making progress on a Bocce Ball project that will serve the entire community. We are most grateful to our supporters whose generosity makes it possible for us to do such vital good work in our community." Sincerely, Sharon Ruffner President Carmichael Parks Foundation
-- Sharon Ruffner, President