Yolo Community Foundation is creating a lasting resource, committed to
building civic investment and community involvement. We are
establishing a tradition of generosity that has led many people to
invest their time and philanthropic dollars to support the common good.
Because we address local needs, we are the best source for
strengthening the community through projects that encourage leadership
and capacity from within, while respecting and valuing the rich
heritage and diversity represented in our geographic region.
Raising funds in order to make grants to support local community
issues, we encourage individuals, families, and businesses to partner
with us to fulfill their financial and charitable goals in our
The Yolo Community Foundation provides a neutral, permanent home for
donors who want to use their resources to enhance the quality of life
in Yolo County. With the Yolo Community Foundation, you can manifest
your individual philanthropic or charitable goals. The following
profiles offer a glimpse at the variety of options available to donors
to reflect their interests and intentions.
JOAN Q. HOGAN
The Joan Q. Hogan Endowment Fund was established to provide income to
support the mission of Yolo Community Foundation, now and into the
future. As an unrestricted endowment fund, it will have the flexibility
to allow future generations to benefit from new ideas and directions in
meeting community needs. Unrestricted endowment funds allow community
foundations to respond to change. Donors can sustain the impact of
their contributions over time.
Joan Hogan is the founding president of Yolo Community Foundation and
(one of) the major forces in its creation. Widowed in 1984, her five
children grown, she earned her MA and PhD in political science from UC
Davis. As a graduate student, she was a researcher at the Institute of
Governmental Affairs at UCD and after graduation, worked for the League
of California Cities. Her experience and interest in local government
and how it addresses an unpredictable variety of issues led to her
enthusiasm for community foundations and their unique ability to
respond to local needs and opportunities.
WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT FUND?
Endowments are long-term investments in our community. The
principal of an endowment is not spent, but invested with other
Community Foundation assets, which allows it to grow, keep pace with
inflation and produce income for grant making. As the endowment
increases through investment and additional contributions, it will
produce a steady and growing stream of grant money to be reinvested in
the Yolo County community.
With a Community Impact Fund, you can rely on Yolo Community Foundation
to identify organizations capable of making the greatest impact in the
specific issue area or region of particular importance to you. Dollars
contributed to these funds are distributed by the
Foundation’s Board of Directors in the form of grants to
nonprofit organizations throughout Yolo County. Our current Community
Impact Funds include:
AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE FUND:
This fund supports programs that preserve
productive farm resources and open space in Yolo County. The programs
may be complementary to other non-profit efforts such as land-trusts
and public efforts such as an effective General Plan that continues the
commitment to maintaining farmland and open space.
ARTS AND CULTURE FUND:
Nurtures a creative, healthy and welcoming arts
and culture environment that engages the community and contributes to
the quality of life in Yolo County. This fund supports nonprofit
projects, programs, and facilities that enhance artistic development
BASIC HUMAN NEEDS FUND:
Supports community welfare and provides funds
for non-profit programs that create healthy human communities and
address the basic needs of those who live in Yolo County.
Focuses on nonprofit projects that address the emerging
issues in education and/or expands access to learning.
Supports non-profit organizations and programs that
help maintain a healthy, natural landscape through land use planning,
preservation, conservation, restoration and environmental education. It
is also dedicated to providing for the preservation and protection of
wildlife and their habitats, as well as the rescue and care of injured
and orphaned wildlife.
COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND:
Advances health-related causes and make grants
to non-profit organizations that improve the health and healthcare of
communities through medical education, research, public health policy,
safety, prevention, and treatment.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND:
Dedicated to promoting community building
and connections and is available to address the community’s
most pressing needs and most important opportunities. Community
development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by
providing the skills they need to effect change in their own
These funds are designed to benefit specific charitable organizations
such as a church or a beloved charity. If a specific beneficiary of
your fund ceases to exist, the Foundation will identify organizations
of similar purpose so that your charitable intentions continue to be
DAVIS LIBRARY ENDOWMENT
Established by Friends of the Davis Public Library, this fund is
designated as a permanent endowment to benefit the Davis Public Library.
MARY STEPHENS DEWALL YOLO
COUNTY LIBRARY STAFF ENRICHMENT FUND
Established by Mary Stephens DeWall, County Librarian for 37 years, to
support enrichment programs for training and enrichment of Yolo County
Library Staff beyond what the County would normally provide. For
example, it would provide for authors or special speakers for the
county-wide staff meetings or to send staff to a very special
conference or book fair that has relevance to Yolo County.
WOODLAND CHAMBER SINGERS FUND
This fund defrays the costs related to running the Woodland Chamber
Singers (such as the purchase of music).
YOLO COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS FUND
This fund, advised by the YCAR, helps support residents of Yolo County
by making donations to organizations that feed the homeless and needy.
YOLO LAW LIBRARY FUND
Established by the Board of Trustees of the Yolo County Law Library,
this fund is designated specifically to help defray costs related to
improving the law library and its services.
DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make suggestions for distributions
to meet current needs. Although Internal Revenue Service regulations
require these suggestions to be nonbinding, each suggestion receives
serious consideration by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Established by Mortimer Schwartz, this fund will assist in meeting the
needs and objectives of individuals and organizations especially the
This fund responds to the immediate material needs (a warm jacket, pair
of shoes, etc.) of children and families who appear before the Yolo
County family court system. Over time, the donor who
established this fund would like to broaden its grant making scope to
support groups and individuals working on issues related to needy
children and families.
This fund is intended to further the donors’ charitable
GEORGE W. HINKLE FUND
Mr. Hinkle, an active member of the senior community, is extremely
grateful for the benefits he’s received from fitness programs
and would like to pay back his gratitude. This fund emphasizes senior
fitness activities, but is not limited to this.
LEW FRANCK FAMILY FUND
This fund will fund the charitable interests of the family, both
parents and children, with an emphasis on protecting the environment,
especially the rivers of Yolo and El Dorado counties.
SONIA BRINK FUND
Named in honor of a beloved mother who emigrated from South Africa,
this fund helps persons, especially those in developing countries,
needing clinical, educational, nutritional and subsistence support.
WIDE WIDE WORLD FUND
This fund is intended to benefit the further education of Winters high
school graduates to encourage and assist their participation in making
the world a better place. Scholarships or other projects that
enhance the education of Winters' students are funded.
Many donors create Scholarship Funds as memorials to loved ones and
friends. Donors have the option to define the criteria of their funds
(e.g., to serve students entering a particular field of study or
graduating from a specific high school, etc.). Scholarship Funds can be
structured to reflect most charitable objectives or can be left
"open-ended" to give the Foundation latitude in the selection of
BOB MORRIS FAMILY
This endowment fund is a memorial to a kind and generous community
leader and will carry on his desire to give to his community. A
scholarship will be established in his name and funds will be available
for youth education programs in the community as this fund grows.
TIMOTHY CASSON MEMORIAL
Established by Paul and Gail Casson, this fund was established to
provide scholarships for Winters High School graduates who plan to
enter trade school. As the endowment grows, a scholarship for a Davis
High School graduate will be added.
WINTERS CENTER FOR THE
Established by the Winters Center for the Arts, this fund will provide
scholarships to artists.