Anyone who has lived any length of time in El Dorado County knows the depths of the hearts of its residents. Those who are new to the community and who take the time to listen, will soon learn the simple fact that El Dorado County cares and is full of individuals and organizations who put their time, efforts and yes, their money, into making a difference.
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The El Dorado Community Foundation is proud to announce the following three new funds with far-reaching possibilities for assisting young and old alike.
Friends of El Dorado Seniors
Friends of El Dorado County Seniors is a core group of individuals working together for several years to raise awareness and funds to support “wellness, dignity and independence of El Dorado County seniors and their caregivers,” with such projects as the Secret Santa Shopping Project.
The board of the Friends made a decision to bring their gifts to the foundation, combine them with existing funds earmarked for seniors, and the new Friends of El Dorado Seniors Fund at the El Dorado Community Foundation was created.
This fund will be administered by an advisory committee and be used to continue their most important work.
Seeking a venue for an intimate gathering of professional advisors, representatives of the Foundation’s Planned Giving Committee visited The Foothill Grill Culinary Academy facility at El Dorado High School in Placerville last fall.
They were impressed with the venue, the enthusiasm of the students and the great product the group was producing and thus chose the academy for an October 2012 event where all in attendance were also impressed.
This resulted in three new culinary arts funds: The Culinary Arts Education Fund, an endowed fund created to ensure funding for youth education in the culinary arts for years to come; The Future Chefs Scholarship Fund, ongoing scholarship opportunities for any El Dorado County resident seeking education in the field of culinary arts; and The Culinary Arts Support Fund, an expendable fund with the purpose of supporting any variety of special needs of El Dorado County high school culinary programs.
The Lighthouse Fund was created as a beacon of hope. In her work in and around the Women’s Fund El Dorado, a fund under the umbrella of the Community Foundation, one donor saw crisis situations created by the cost of medical, dental and optical services not covered by insurance.
It was clear to this donor that by using the model of the Crisis Angel Network fund at the Foundation, which has assisted more than 200 local families in crisis situations, she could open a fund that would support the specific needs of women and children on the Western Slope to meet these medical challenges.
Grants of up to $500 will become available as early as May 2013. The Foundation will notify the nonprofit organizations on the Western Slope that assistance is available through this fund.
A simple grant application process is being devised. A small review committee consisting of Women’s Fund El Dorado donor/members will be put in place whose goal will be to reach funding decisions within 48 hours of receipt of applications.
The El Dorado Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization as recognized by the IRS and gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Any amount can be gifted at any time to any of its 170 funds.
Find out more about the Foundation and the work it does by visiting the Website at eldoradocf.org , or calling 530-622-5621.