Sonora Area Foundation Executive Director Darrell Slocum has reviewed 2018 and reports it was a record setting year for grants. The foundation issued a total of 652 grant checks with the total 2018 amount awarded exceeding $2 million.
Slocum says the amount “surpassed the previous annual total handily.” An overview by Slocum is posted as the myMotherLode blog “Millions Given In 2018 Grants” here.
MyMotherlode provided the community with some highlights: In May the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) was given $50,000 by the foundation for their Food Bank Program. The money was to help keep it open and running while ATCAA sought alternative funding. In July, $8,000 was granted to the shower bus and 236 scholarship awards totaling $571,350 which is an increase of more than 52 percent from 2017. At the end of November the foundation donated another $20,000 to ATCAA’s nonprofit Jamestown Food Bank. The donation was spurred by a $10,000 matching gift from Charles and Kate Segerstrom in memory of Marlee Powell. Sonora Area Foundation also made a $24,000 donation to Interfaith through our Cash Drive for Interfaith with a donor support.