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Talia Kaufman
Metro Chamber Foundation
Executive Director


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2018 Inspire Giving Grant Applications OPEN!

This year, Inspire Giving will focus its grant-making on the following priority area:

Economic and Workforce Development
Includes but is not limited to:

  • Builds the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that are needed by individuals in the workforce
  • Education and training programs designed to enhance the skills of people to gain or maintain socioeconomic status
  • Improves the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes
  • Job training, skills enhancement, financial literacy, job placement assistance, workforce re-entry

To be eligible for consideration, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant agency must have 501(c)3 status;
  • Service area must be within at least one of the six counties (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba) covered by the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation;
  • Applicant agency must have at least two years of operational history with an annual operations budget in excess of $250,000;
  • Applicant agency must have a proven track record and demonstrated success in the focus area listed above; and
  • Must not have been the recipient of an Inspire Giving grant or Leadership Sacramento project since 2012.

How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to identify their specific need for cash, in-kind services, skilled or unskilled volunteer support, and be as descriptive as possible as to how best to match your organization needs with resources provided by Inspire Giving. For information on the application process, eligibility and to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI), please CLICK HERE.

Completed LOI applications are due by Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 5:00 PM. Applications will only be accepted through the online application. No late applications will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Andrea Ellinghouse.


2017 Inspire Giving Grant Recipient

At the 122nd Annual Dinner & Business Awards in January, we announced our 2017 Inspire Giving grant recipient was awarded to Lilliput Families.

WATCH: 2016 Inspire Giving Grant Recipient, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services - Job Smart Clothing

The Metro Chamber Foundation’s Inspire Giving program is a charitable fund that seeks to support and grow the spirit of giving in the Capital Region by enabling every individual to become a life-long philanthropist through the creation of an annual gift.

As a member of Inspire Giving, individuals have the opportunity to combine their one-time donation with others to create an endowment. Each year, all individuals who have invested in Inspire Giving collaboratively select, via a voting process, how the endowment’s income will be distributed to a charitable organization within the Sacramento region. An awardee is announced during the Metro Chamber’s Annual Dinner in January. In addition to a monetary investment, members may also volunteer their time and resources in aid of the chosen project each year. In 7 years, Inspire Giving has donated $75,000 in grants to 7 nonprofits, leveraging an additional $975,000 in volunteer and in-kind services. Truly, a little is enough, if enough people do it.

To become an Inspire Giving member, a one-time minimum donation of $250 is required. The first 1,000 individuals contributing $1,000 each are considered “Founding Members.” While members may be solicited for sustaining contributions throughout the life of the fund, additional donations are not required to retain an individual’s fund membership. Becoming an Inspire Giving fund member means you become part of a network of peers who share a common passion: to make a positive social impact in the Sacramento region by joining other donors to celebrate philanthropy and together, make a larger financial impact than one individual could ever make on their own.

The Sacramento Metro Chamber has partnered with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF), a 501(c)3, to administer the Inspire Giving Fund.


RECEIVED $75,000


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It was the countless hours and donations from the business men and women of the Sacramento Metro Chamber that made it all possible. Through their dedication and their hard work, we now have a food bank that is a wonderful facility for the entire community of Sacramento and I can’t say thank you enough.

Eileen Thomas, Executive Director River City Food Bank

Our youth writers, volunteers, and board cannot thank Inspire Giving enough for its generosity. Winning the prize money and in-kind services made it a reality to open a whimsical writing center for low-income youth. The Inspire Giving team supplied the leadership, tools, talent, and time to make our vision a reality. They exceeded our expectations, and in turn, inspired us to aim higher and bigger to make an impact in Sacramento.

Katie McCleary, Executive Director 916 Ink