The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet, whose job it is to be the eyes and ears of that community and make recommendations to the foundation’s board regarding the direction of that granting. The cabinet members include Georgi Knight, John Black, Shelbi Bennett, Jeff England and Betty January.
They are pleased once again to have this opportunity to open up granting to El Dorado Hills-based organizations that meet the definition of charitable organizations as defined by the federal government and whose programs or services support or enhance the residents of El Dorado Hills. Requests for proposals will be accepted beginning Sept. 5. Applications are available online at eldoradocf.org the same day. All applications must be received in the foundation office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.
Cabinet Chair Georgi Knight shared this reflection of the 2013 grants process that gave support to eight local nonprofits including the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, Run for Courage, Hands4Hope, Marina Village Middle School Club Live, El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association, the Folsom Symphony Town Center concerts, the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills and the Clarksville Region Historical Society: “One of the things that was so rewarding for me as a cabinet member was receiving such diverse, passionate applications and being able to facilitate financial support for such worthy activities in El Dorado Hills! It gave me a chance to see tangible, real results here in my own community,” she said.
In order to ensure that these grants continue to be available each and every year, the cabinet also continues its outreach efforts to build the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund at the foundation. This year, those efforts include a charity golf tournament aptly named Buy A Day of Hope. The tournament will be held at Empire Ranch on Sept. 6. Volunteer coordinator of the tournament Nikki Smaglik welcomes community members’ support as a golfer or a sponsor. For more information call (513) 257-7714 or e-mail [email protected]. Registration can also be done online at golfdigestplanneer.com/26305-BuyADay.
The El Dorado Community Foundation is a designated 501©(3) nonprofit that currently administers more than 200 fund and grants more than $800,000 per year in support of nonprofit programs and services. Tax deductible gifts are gratefully accepted anytime in any amount to any fund at the foundation. For more information about the work the foundation does call (530) 622-5621 or visit the website.