Yolo Community Foundation

The mission of the Yolo Community Foundation is to inspire and support giving and to provide philanthropic leadership in our community.

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Address: PO Box 1264
Woodland, CA 95776
County or Parish: Yolo County
Executive Director: Beverly 'Babs' Sandeen
Contact Email: info@yolocf.org
Primary Phone: 530-312-0593
Website: http://www.yolocf.org
Early Years (2001-2008): The Foundation was founded in 2002 by a group of community-minded individuals with strong commitment to growing philanthropy in Yolo County so that a larger and more stable pool of funds would be available to support the work of community organizations. Transition (2008-2012): Board leadership came to question the growth potential of the Foundation if management continued without professional executive and administrative expertise. The Foundation ultimately decided to seek affiliation with another community foundation that could provide such professional support. Following extensive review, the decision was taken to enter in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF). Consolidation and Growth (2013-2018): Formal affiliation between the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF) and the Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) began in 2012. In this partnership, YCF maintains its independent 501(c) 3 status, continuing to raise funds in Yolo County and to support local non-profits. All former and new charitable funds raised by YCF are managed under a YCF umbrella at SRCF, professionally invested on behalf of donors by SRCF and appearing therefore as assets under SRCF direction. The partnership has instilled confidence in the Foundation's fundraising capacity and the asset base of approximately $300,000 at affiliation has grown to over $4,100,000 in just six years. The Foundation anticipates substantial growth in charitable funds in partnership with SRCF, and the continued consolidation of YCF's independent identity born out of shared success. Growth and Impact (2018 and beyond): Going forward, the Foundation envisions a thriving community foundation that is able to fulfill the founding mission and vision, seeking innovative means to expand the donor base, community impact programs and improving evaluation of impact.
Funding for Community Impact Programs to expand direct funding to local non-profits: $50,000 Funding for scholarships; $50,000 Funding to build capacity and provide sustainability; $100,000 Growth of charitable funds; and $100,000 Education Grant funds.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Scholarships
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Capacity-building and sustainability
  3. Funding: Other - Fundholders - New funds
  4. Funding: Program - Education grants are important in Yolo County. Our current Buck Education Grant Program is scheduled to grant out all funds by 2020. We need to raise more funds for this critical need for education programs in Yolo County.
I joined the board of Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) in the summer of 2010. At that time, the goal was to become an affiliate partner with Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF). I was very supportive of that move, as YCF had been struggling without staff support for a few years. The organization has always had a dedicated board of volunteers, but something more was needed. The affiliation with SRCF was finalized at the end of 2011, and it has proved to be an excellent partnership. The back office support and financial investment expertise has proved to be invaluable. YCF has since grown in the number of funds it has, and therefore its asset size has also increased. At the end of 2018, we exceeded $4.1 million in donor-advised, agency-designated and YCF own grantmaking and operational funds. Grants made from YCF funds have also grown dramatically, from three grants totaling $6,000 in 2012 to grants totaling $68,000 in 2018. In July 2014 YCF contracted with Dan DeSantis to provide marketing, development and executive consultancy services. Dan led the Fresno Regional Foundation for nine years and brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to Yolo County and the Foundation. YCF was an active partner in the BIG Day of Giving in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. YCF also works with local nonprofit groups to help them achieve their missions, and with individuals who are interested in making charitable gifts through donor-advised funds. The Foundation also has its own funds to provide scholarships and community impact support, and well as an endowment fund to provide long-term sustainability. The Buck Foundation awarded YCF with over $250,000 in 2015 and 2016 for YCF to regrant to organizations in Yolo County in the field of education. The YCF Board continues to be a group of individuals who are involved in their own communities and the county as a whole. All are dedicated to the mission of the organization and work to extend its outreach and effectiveness. They are a wonderful group to work with! At the beginning of 2016, we welcomed a new Executive Director, Beverly "Babs" Sandeen. Under her direction, we have established a great social media presence and initiated a Business Partners program, where local businesses support the work and vision of YCF.
-- Meg Stallard, Board President