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 group of women in Sutter Creek were meeting at a restaurant every month, and while they enjoyed the monthly gathering, they preferred to put their money to a 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 dental care to 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.  From inception  in 2007 through October 2019 Sutter Creek Smiles, partnering with local dental offices,  has assisted boys and girls with over $70,000 in dental services, including helping several children with full orthodontic treatment and providing thousands of dental screenings and fluoride treatments in local schools.  Through this simple way of fundraising, Sutter Creek Smiles has improved the lives of countless numbers of children in our community.

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If you are interested in donating to Sutter Creek Smiles, CLICK HERE.

If you  are interested in starting your own Giving Circle and want more information, please CONTACT US.