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american river bank foundation FOUNDATION T he American River Bank Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and provide physical and emotional well-being for the most vulnerable women and children. Since its inception in 2004, the American River Bank Foundation has donated over $1.2M to 60 different organizations. Over the years, most of the funds have been given directly to benefit specific programs within each organization. Recently, additional dollars have been provided for organizations to participate in Impact Foundry’s Certified Sustainable® program which provides training for nonprofits to strengthen their skills in revenue structure, operational framework, partner engagement, communications & brand management, measuring impact and accountability, culture and leadership development. “The American River Bank Foundation contributions are made possible by the great generosity of our employees, Board, clients, partners and sponsors.” said David E. Ritchie, Jr., President & CEO of American River Bank and President of American River Bank Foundation. “The Foundation chose to earmark some funds to support training to help strengthen these nonprofit organizations. As a business bank with specific expertise in evaluating financial capabilities, we want to empower them to be sustainable organizations which can support our communities long-term and expand their vital services.” “ARBF is paving the way for sustainable nonprofits through their philanthropy,” explained Kim Tucker, Executive Director of Impact Foundry. “Together, we want to engage these nonprofits at a deeper level and empower them for long-term growth and success. This training will provide AMERICANRIVERBANK.COM/FOUNDATION them with tools and knowledge needed to approach running their organizations like a business and engage their board members in more meaningful ways.” The Foundation’s 2018 grant recipients: • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento • CASA Sacramento • Child Advocates of Placer County • Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County • HomeAid Sacramento • Interfaith Food Bank • Nexus Youth & Family Services • River City Food Bank • Social Advocates for Youth • Women's Empowerment March 2019 | 105