October 22, 2017

FOUNDATION HISTORY

1995–2000

  • Committed community leaders defined their vision for the future of Solano County: to maintain quality of life & create a vehicle for local philanthropy. Received 501c3 tax-exempt status.
  • $300,000 start-up challenge grant from Packard Foundation, matched by 20 members of our Founders’ Club.
  • Launched Education Plus! Mini-Grant Program for K-12 Solano public school teachers.

2001–2006

  • Opened several large funds & received grants from Irvine ($400K) and California Endowment ($100K).
  • Installed new leadership, relocated offices, added Board members, and purchased an integrated accounting system.
  • Became a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center (Foundation Directory Online-FDO). United Way supported FDO training and funded an extensive capacity-building workshop series.
  • Assets at $4.5M, and over $1.1M in grants made from donor and re-granting funds.
  • Achieved “National Standards of Excellence for Community Foundations” from Council of Foundations. 

2007–2009

  • $2.1M received from Leslie and Virginia May Anderson Trust & $2.4M received to establish Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund.
  • Launched Nonprofit Partnership Program and Community Memorial Giving Program.
  • Expanded media presence and achieved measurable growth. 

2010–2012

  • Bank of America supported NPP for “Community Conversations” in Fairfield/Suisun City (2010), Vacaville (2011), and Benicia (2012).
  • $1.3M received for a United Way Health Fund. Cumulative permanently endowed assets topped 90%.
  • Improved the “bottom line,” through economies of scale. Appointed four new Board members for new energy/perspectives, hired new Program Assistants.
  • Reconfirmed National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations "by the Council of Foundations."
  • Returned to pre-recession asset value ($8M) via prudent investment and streamlined operations.

2013

  • Established three new endowed funds with remainder trusts and other planned gifts to SCF.
  • Ended the year with over $9M under management, 95% of assets permanently endowed.
  • Focused NPP on Rio Vista and made two operating grants to nonprofits in the Delta.
  • Hosted an informal fun “Celebrate Community” event for donors, grantees, community leaders, local nonprofits and their clients.
  • Built internal capacity to produce all printed and Web materials for SCF’s programs.
  • Started providing customized on-site Board trainings bridging the most critical knowledge gaps.
 

SCF FOUNDERS CLUB

To read about the Founders Club and view a list of the members, click HERE.