The Sonora Area Foundation remains focused on its mission of strengthening its communities.
It does that through three functions:
- Assisting donors — The Foundation provides a safe, easy way for people and businesses to make a difference, and assures that their contributions will do good work now and in years to come. Donors may give to existing funds, establish new funds specifically for their individual charitable goals and interests, or may give to the Foundation’s unrestricted fund. The Foundation can simplify the giving process, making it quicker and less costly for donors than handling the details themselves or setting up a private foundation. Our experienced staff is committed to providing donors with secure, flexible and convenient services.
- Awarding grants — The Foundation’s governing board has a pool of discretionary funds, and regularly awards grants to qualified nonprofit and public agencies. These grants are competitive, and awarded for worthy projects that help improve the quality of life in Tuolumne County, whether for education, human services, recreation, arts or the environment.
- Leading the community — As a respected, neutral organization, the Foundation’s duties go beyond donor services and grant making. The Foundation is also a community leader that brings all sides into discussion on important issues and helps find solutions. The Foundation has convened the community on topics as broad as the future and as specific as school services and regional transportation needs.