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Andrea Ellinghouse
Metro Chamber Foundation
Director, Strategic Programs


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2019 Inspire Giving Grant Recipient

We are proud to announce Department of Sound as our 2019 Inspire Giving grant recipient.

2018 Inspire Giving Grant Recipient

At the 123rd Annual Dinner & Business Awards in January, we announced our 2018 Inspire Giving grant recipient was awarded to GRID Alternatives.

Established in 2009, Inspire Giving is an endowment fund administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Individuals contribute to Inspire Giving to be able to collectively give a donation larger than they could give on their own. Every year Inspire Giving provides a $10,000 grant to help fund a specific project for a local nonprofit. Through our leadership team, donors, and partnerships, Inspire Giving also provides in-kind services, donations, and support depending on the project needs. In nine years, Inspire Giving has supported nine nonprofits through $95,000 in grants and over $1,000,000 in in-kind support and services. Truly, a little is enough, if enough people do it.

The Inspire Giving grant selection process is unique. Each year, all Founding and Legacy Members, along with individuals who have donated a minimum of $25 to Inspire Giving during the previous calendar year collaboratively select, via a voting process, how the endowment’s income will be distributed to a charitable organization within the Sacramento region. New in 2019…In addition to voting on the grant recipient, all individuals (that donate a minimum of $25) in the first six months of 2019, alongside our Founding and Legacy Members will be given the opportunity to participate in the voting process to select the priority giving area for 2020.

The 2019 Inspire Giving grant has a priority focus area on Arts Engagement that aligns with the Metro Chamber’s 4-Point Business Promise to create a more Vibrant Community. The request for proposals sought organizations with new projects that would bring diverse people together to foster improvements in livability and create a stronger sense of community.


RECEIVED $95,000


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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