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. Many circles, in addition to donating their money, also contribute their time and skills to support local causes.
Sutter Creek Smiles is the first of our Giving Circles.
In 2007, a small group of wives of the Native Sons of Sutter Creek found themselves meeting at a restaurant every month while their husbands went to their meeting. The women enjoyed the monthly gathering, but preferred to put the money they spent to good cause. Thus sparked the inspiration for Sutter Creek Smiles.
The Idea was that each month, one member would host a light dinner at their home, and everyone would contribute $25 to help provide a financial resource for emergency and urgent dental care to Sutter Creek Primary and Elementary School children who do not qualify for aid available through traditional sources.
The next step was to set up a non-profit organization to manage the funds. This proved overwhelming and cost-prohibitive for the small group, so that’s when Amador Community Foundation stepped in. Sutter Creek Smiles was formed under the fiscal sponsorship of Amador Community Foundation. Now, tax-deductible contributions are made to Sutter Creek Smiles. Several local dentists provide their services and share the cost with Sutter Creek Smiles, and when services are provided, ACF sends payment directly to the dentist.
Through dental care for these children the organization intends to foster improved overall health, self confidence and the enhanced ability to focus in the classroom.
Utilizing the services of Amador Community Foundation as the fiscal sponsor allowed this group of women to really make a difference in Sutter Creek. From its inception in 2007 through December 2014, Sutter Creek Smiles, along with Dr’s Montalbo, Stevens, and Brizendine, assisted 25 boys and girls with over $39,000 of dental services, and provided 648 dental screenings for students of Sutter Creek Elementary, Sutter Creek Primary, and Independence High School.
Learn more: www.suttercreeksmiles.org
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