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n Feature young people donating in smaller amounts, so they can get to know and appreciate the work these foundations do over time. The more points of contact between a community foundation and young folks who want to give back, the logic goes, the better the chance of building a lasting relationship. One way to maximize engagement is the one-off fund- raising event, such as Giving Tuesday or the Big Day of Giv- ing. Last year, Amador raised $110,000 on Giving Tuesday, with all 26 participating regional nonprofits reporting new donors. Other foundations seek youth in leadership roles. “We recognize that the future is in that next generation,” Philipp says. “What we have done is added new board members who are younger and who represent that next generation coming in.” Philipp is retiring as head of the San Joaquin Communi- ty Foundation later this year. Her successor is just 36 years old. And then there’s the challenge of fostering a culture of giving. Historically, according to Harris, Solano County has the lowest per capita rate of giving in the Bay Area. Just last 140 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | year the county’s largest source of giving — the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation — folded, leaving the Solano Community Foundation as the largest grantmaker in the county, and not before leaving the community foundation some of its grant money. A new fund could mean the world to the county’s 600 nonprofits. The modern community foundation’s strongest value sell is its role as the nexus between do-gooder organiza- tions and folks who want to see their money go back into the community. But in a time of diverse challenges, how should it look to the future? “I think there’s a golden opportunity for communi- ty foundations moving forward,” says Kaufman, of Third Plateau. “They sit at the intersection between the philan- thropic community and the nonprofit community, and if they strategically collect data from both sides they can very smartly and efficiently move philanthropic capital to the needs of the community.” n Dave Kempa is a freelance reporter and adjunct journalism professor at American River College.