Sonora, CA — The Sonora Area Foundation closed out 2015 with just under $2.4 million in grants awarded to individuals and organizations throughout Tuolumne County. It is the most money awarded in a single year by the Foundation which was formed in 1990. According to Ed Wyllie, Sonora Area Foundation Executive Director, the $2.3 million includes $265,000 in scholarships awarded in 2015 to graduating high school seniors and continuing college and university students.
Ed Wyllie, Sonora Area Foundation Executive Director, says; “A big part of how we do this is through people…who make an informed decision to give back to their community.”
The Sonora Area Foundation holds over 170 donor funds that help to support a wide range of categories. Wyllie describes ten reasons why people choose to give through the Sonora Area Foundation in his blog here.
The first meeting of the Sonora Area Foundation Board of Directors was March 7, 1990, the Foundation now has a full time staff of three. For the past 100 years, community philanthropy has grown through the formation of locally based community foundations, with over 750 across the United States. More blogs written by Wyllie are here.