Big Day of Giving!
Come join the Yolo County community on May 4th, 2017 for the BIG Day of Giving as we set out to raise millions in donations along with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Show your support for philanthropy and “put your money where your heart is!” Join our featured nonprofits at Woodland Heritage Plaza, or join us online at www.bigdayofgiving.org. 600 nonprofits will be participating online this year, with 79 from Yolo County. Visit www.bigdayofgiving.org/leaderboards for a complete list of participants.
WHERE: Heritage Plaza Downtown
Woodland (2nd & Main St.)
WHEN: May 4th, Noon-1:00 PM
WHAT: Join us for lunch! Food from local vendors, music, nonprofit tables, giving station and more!
OR JOIN ONLINE: www.bigdayofgiving.org
WHEN: May 4th, Midnight 11:59 PM
Yolo Youth Service Awards Recipients
On Thursday, April 20 the Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) recognized the recipients of the YoYoSA scholarships at a reception in their honor. Cooper Hosley of Davis Senior High School, Omoyele Oyesanya of Pioneer High School, and Trinidad Santos of Winters High School were all recognized as scholarship recipients at the Yolo Youth Service Awards (YoYoSA) and will each receive $1000 scholarship to support post-high school education, which may include college, vocational, or technical school.
The YoYoSA program is designed to promote and reward Yolo County youth volunteering with local nonprofit organizations and encourages Yolo County nonprofits to engage with youth volunteers.
Hosley volunteers for TEAM Davis, Oyesanya is a member of the Teen Advisory Board of the Woodland Public Library, and Santos works with the Interact Club, affiliated with Rotary, at Winters High School. All of these nonprofit organizations were awarded a $500 grant sponsoring each YoYoSA student scholarship recipient.
President of the YCF Board of Trustees Meg Stallard said “We’re pleased to honor these three students for their commitment to their communities. They are all outstanding students who have bright futures! We know they will continue to serve their communities wherever they chose to live. We thank them for their service.”
The application deadline for the Yolo Youth Service Award and the Burns-Bellhorn and Timothy Casson Memorial Scholarship Funds has now passed. Thank you for your interest!
Applications are due March 1, 2017 and must be completed online. YoYoSA awardees and their sponsoring organizations will be recognized at a reception hosted by YCF in April.
YCF seeks applications from high school seniors who have volunteered with a Yolo County nonprofit at least 60 hours during their junior and/or senior years of high school. YoYoSA student awardees will receive a $1000 scholarship to support post-high school education, which may include college, vocational or technical school. In addition, a $500 grant will be awarded to the nonprofit agency sponsoring each YoYoSA student scholarship winner.
The YoYoSA program is designed to promote Yolo County youth volunteering with local nonprofit organizations and encourages Yolo County nonprofits to engage with youth volunteers.
Yolo Non-profits Invited to Honor Volunteers
Meg Stallard, President of the Board of the Yolo Community Foundation, announced that the tenth annual Yolo County Philanthropy Day will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main Street, Woodland, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Read more here!
Thank you to our generous donors and match donors during the 2016 BIG Day of Giving! With your support, we were able to raise $16,125 to help grow Yolo Community Foundation programming. We are grateful! We would also like to thank the organizations and individuals that supported the Yolo Prize Pool, including Nugget Markets, Yolo Federal Credit Union, Chan Family Fund, Sue Heitman, Joe Muller and Sons Farm, Todd Montgomery, CPA, and Inn at Park Winters.
Yolo Community Foundation President Meg Stallard announced that Beverly “Babs” Sandeen was named the foundation’s executive director. Read More
The Yolo Community Foundation recently held its annual Philanthropy Day celebration, at which several community volunteers were honored by local nonprofits. Read More
Meg Stallard, President of the Board of the Yolo Community Foundation, announced that the tenth annual Yolo County Philanthropy Day will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main Street, Woodland, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
“Local nonprofit organizations are invited to honor one of their most dedicated donors or volunteers at this event. So much of the good that happens in Yolo County occurs because of loyal and hard-working people who too often go unrecognized publicly,” said Stallard. “We hold this annual event to provide a forum for local nonprofits to thank one of their generous donors or volunteers publicly. It is truly heart-warming to learn how much good gets done in Yolo County because of the selfless work of many people.”
Information on participating in this event will be circulated to the local nonprofit community. Nominations are due November 3rd. Past organizations honoring their donors and volunteers have been Yolo Family Service Agency, Freedom From Hunger, Yolo Family Resource Center, Woodland Literacy Council, Woodland Tree Foundation, Yolo Land Trust, Woodland Soroptimist International, Suicide Prevention of Yolo County along with many others. Organizations may nominate one donor or volunteer. Light refreshments will be served and reservations are necessary. Information on the program may also be obtained from Executive Director Babs Sandeen at or at 530-312-0593.
Yolo Community Foundation President Meg Stallard announced that Beverly “Babs” Sandeen was named the foundation’s executive director through an arrangement with the American Leadership Forum-Mountain Valley Chapter’s Encore Fellowship program. Sandeen is scheduled to take up her post in early January with responsibility for foundation oversight and fundraising strategy. She follows Dan DeSantis, who served as Executive Director of the foundation since 2014.
“Babs has the experience and community standing to continue to build our foundation,” Stallard said. “She will help ensure that the Yolo Community Foundation continues to grow and thrive.”
Sandeen has held senior fundraising and management posts, serving as Vice Chancellor of Resource Development at Los Rios Community College District and President of the Los Rios Foundation since 2012, and before that as Vice Chancellor of University Advancement and President of the UC Davis Foundation at UC Davis, where she was responsible for launching the first comprehensive campaign that raised $1.13 billion for the campus.
The Yolo Community Foundation is an affiliate partner of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF), and the CEO of SRCF, Linda Cutler, said that she is “pleased to have Babs on board with the Yolo Community Foundation,” and that she looks “forward to collaborating with her on regional initiatives and programs and strengthening the existing partnership between the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and the Yolo Community Foundation.”
Sandeen has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in social ecology from UC Irvine. In addition to her work in higher education, Sandeen also served briefly as a consultant to the automobile industry. She has served on many regional boards, including the American Leadership Forum, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Valley Conservancy, Woodland Opera House, and Yolo Community Foundation. She is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. Sandeen currently serves on the city council in West Sacramento.
Bonnie Ferreira, the CEO of the American Leadership Forum’s Mountain Valley Chapter, said that “There is no one more qualified to lead the Yolo Community Foundation. Babs has a proven track record of leading foundations. She operates from a space of personal integrity and incredibly high intellect.” Sandeen also chaired the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Cap-to-Cap program in 2013 and was recognized by the chamber as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year. In 2014, she was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.
“I am excited to serve the Yolo Community Foundation in this important leadership role,” Sandeen said. “The opportunity to continue to grow philanthropy in Yolo County and to serve the donor community is a great honor.”
At the Los Rios Community College District, Sandeen played a critical role in raising the visibility of the foundation’s work through involvement in the region’s Big Day of Giving and by organizing the 50th anniversary gala recognizing alumni and donors. During her tenure at Los Rios, $37.9 million in grant funding was secured from federal, state, and private sources and $5.8 million in private support was raised. Sandeen recently co-chaired the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s national Conference on Community College Advancement and serves on the board of the Network of California Community College Foundations.
About The Yolo Community Foundation
The mission of the Yolo Community Foundation is to inspire and support giving and to provide philanthropic leadership in the community. It gives scholarships to Yolo County high school seniors who have worked with nonprofit agencies – the Yolo Youth Service Awards; organizes a Philanthropy Day celebration; and supports the efforts of nonprofit agencies in Yolo County. The Foundation is also a sponsor of the Big Day of Giving. For more information, call 530-312-0593 or www.yolocf.org. Yolo Community Foundation is an affiliate partner of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
The Yolo Community Foundation recently held its annual Philanthropy Day celebration, at which several community volunteers were honored by local nonprofits. Meg Stallard, president of the Yolo Community Foundation, said, “We started this event a number of years ago to give Yolo County nonprofit agencies a public forum to salute their volunteers and donors. Our citizens give so much of their time and treasure to good works. This helps make Yolo County a special place to live and work.”
Seven Yolo County nonprofits recognized donors and/or volunteers:
The Yolo Land Trust honored Carole Pirruccello and Diana Davidson, trustees of the John and Eunice Davidson Fund for their financial support of the Land Trust over several years. CommuniCare Health Centers honored contractor, donor and volunteer Scott Maxwell, who has had a hand in building CommuniCare’s facilities for many years. The Yolo Food Bank honored volunteers Dave and Ed Ellis, a father and son team who began volunteering when their son/brother began working as the volunteer coordinator of the Food Bank. MaryJo Bryan was honored by Suicide Prevention of Yolo County for her many years as a board member and volunteer. She was also recognized by the Yolo Community Foundation for her service to that organization. The Pence Gallery honored Sue Smith, who has been Co-President since 2006. Sue has coordinated the successful Pence garden tour for eight years, among other activities. Yolo Farm to Fork honored longtime volunteer Dorothy Peterson, who began teaching gardening to school children in the 1990s before the Farm to Fork movement became fashionable. Fourth and Hope in Woodland honored volunteer cooks Jackie Scott and Roz Stone, who have provided nourishing meals to homeless people on a regular basis for many years.
The Foundation also welcomed organizations and individuals and families who have opened new funds during the year. The organizations include the Davis Arts Center, Putah Creek Council, the City of Winters, the Yolo County Historical Society, Yolo County CASA, the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, and First 5 Yolo. New Donor Advised Funds have been opened by the Chan family, the Luna family, the Roe family, Martha West, Bill Julian and Robin Kulakow, the Weiss family, and the Douglas family.
The mission of the Yolo Community Foundation is to inspire and support giving and to provide philanthropic leadership in our community. It gives scholarships to Yolo County high school seniors who have worked with nonprofit agencies – the Yolo Youth Service Awards; sponsors Philanthropy Day; and supports the efforts of nonprofit agencies in Yolo County. The Foundation is also a sponsor of the Big Day of Giving. For more information, call 530-312-0593 or www.yolocf.org. Yolo Community Foundation is an affiliate partner of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.