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and the lives of others”

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Giving Circles

Giving Circles

A giving circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money or time to a pooled fund, decide together where to give these away to charity or community projects and, in doing so, seek to increase their awareness of and engagement in the issues covered by the charity or community project. Sutter Creek Smiles was our first Giving Circle…

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Community Disaster Relief Fund

Community Disaster Relief Fund

Amador's nonprofits need our help now more than ever! As the uncertainties about the length and impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic are faced, the efforts of the nonprofits that provide services to our most vulnerable will face economic hardships and...

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“We make a LIVING by what we GET,

But we make a LIFE by what we GIVE.”

–Winston Churchill


You know Why…
We can help you with the who, when, how and what.

There are many reasons why people choose the Amador Community Foundation to achieve their financial and charitable goals…learn more



Studies show high net-worth individuals talk with their financial advisors about charitable giving when doing their financial and estate planning. We make it easy for you to offer philanthropic opportunities right here in Amador County… learn more



Our grants are made possible through the contributions of individual donors and nonprofit donor funds managed by the Community Foundation….learn more


One conversation can change a life.
It can generate a call to action that can powerfully impact you and your community for years to come.

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About Us and Our Community

About Us

Helen Fallis loved this community and wanted to estblish a way for others to invest in this unique, generous communtity. Her legacy is the Amador Community Foundation.

The Foundation has granted over $1.6 million since our incorpration in 2000.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations have a long tradition of helping bring about thoughtful, effective change. The first one was started in 1914, and there are now more than 800 throughout the United States…

Our Board of Directors

When asked why they are passionate about Amador Community Foundation, members of our board of directors unanimously speak of giving back to our community and helping local people to help themselves.

Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Part of the philosophy of the Amador Community Foundation (ACF) is that the most effective and innovative projects are often initiated at the grassroots community level. Many of these projects are too small or too new to have yet secured IRS recognition of their charitable status. We can help…

Finance & Investments

The Amador Community Foundation encourages local investment of local resources: Connecting local generosity with local needs. We manage philanthropic capital to provide the highest level of earnings and benefit—to our donors and to the causes they support.


We know you might have questions…here are answers to the most frequent concerns. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, call us!

Amador Community Foundation

We connect people who care with causes that matter.

We receive financial gifts from donors, invest them, and use the investment earnings to make grants in perpetuity.

Charitable giving – it’s an investment in our community’s future.

What will your legacy be?

Decisions you make now can generate a powerful impact on your community for years to come.