The Giving Divide

Why is the Capital Region so stingy?

Earlier this year, most locals couldn’t help but overhear buzz about the launch of local eateries like The Red Rabbit and Pour House. Imagine that same tenor about contributing to local charities.

Dec 1, 2012 Andrea Kennedy

Sister, Mother, Mentor

In 2001, a group of local businesswomen put their heads and dollars together, hoping to make an impact on the lives of Sacramento foster youth.

Oct 1, 2012 John Blomster

Wishful Thinking

Making dreams come true in the golden years

Doris Hobbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Sacramento River Cats game. Harriet Antonides at last became a Girl Scout at age 100. And Mino Ohye, who hadn’t seen his beloved brother in 60 years, in January would fly to Japan for a reunion.

Feb 1, 2012 Dixie Reid

Tech Appeal

Leveraging social media for a nonprofit cause

Monica Gonzalez recently logged onto the Facebook page of Weave Inc., an organization that treats survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, to post a simple message about how the nonprofit helped her overcome a nightmarish ordeal.

Jan 1, 2012 Allen Young

Driven to Win

A life-changing turnabout behind the wheel

At age 15, Erik Self sneaked into the home of a friend’s mother and, when she got out of bed to investigate the noise, stabbed her repeatedly with a survival knife. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and burglary.

Dec 1, 2011 Dixie Reid

Decade of Champions

Women in Philanthropy celebrates 10 years

It’s been more than 10 years since Char Donnermeyer sat in a communitywide forum to determine which charitable cause needed her attention. The United Way had tapped Donnermeyer and two others to start a group that women around the region could rally behind.

Oct 1, 2011 Stephanie Flores

Child Nomad

Finding success after foster care

Chloe Walker doesn’t remember the first time she moved or how many times she had to pack her belongings in flimsy trash bags. But she remembers getting her first suitcase at age 18, when she became too old for the foster system.

Oct 1, 2011 Stephanie Flores
Cathie Walker, Casa El Dorado

Home Again?

Local nonprofit gives a voice to foster youth

Between her 8th and 15th birthdays, Ashlee Rogers moved out of nearly a half-dozen foster homes. She was removed from her mother twice, and she floated all over El Dorado County, from Placerville to Pollock Pines and back.

Jan 1, 2011 Bill Romanelli
Fred Teichert of the Teichert Foundation

Funding Famine

Charities turn to foundations for support

The economy has rocked a number of local nonprofits, putting a dent in donations just as they were taking on the burden of increased social needs. Many of these charities have turned to foundations for increased support.

Jan 1, 2011 JT Long

Personal Training

Learning how to live independently

Somebody stole Derek Finstad’s backpack.

He left it in the locker room at a gym in Yuba City, where he works. But when he went to retrieve it, the backpack — with his keys, checkbook and other materials — was gone. Finstad wasn’t happy.

Dec 1, 2010 Russell Nichols
Fred Sconberg, Upbeat Workouts Apps

Nonprofit Revenue

Charities raise money through social enterprise

A Sacramento software startup has launched an iPhone application for runners that picks music to go with a workout and can add customized coaching instructions along with the beat. When users pay to download the coaching data, a donation goes to a nonprofit of the coach’s choice.

Dec 1, 2010 Adam Weintraub