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Four Metro Chamber members are finalists for Inspire Giving award to nonprofits

Four local nonprofit members of the Sacramento Metro Chamber are finalists for the first Inspire Giving award—a $10,000 grant—to be given during the 116th Annual Dinner & Business Awards on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

The Inspire Giving program is part of the Metro Chamber’s recently launched Project Inspire that promotes leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy in the community.

Finalists are the Outbound program of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, the Kinnections Initiative of Lilliput Children’s Services, the Transitioned Aged Youth Program of Lutheran Social Services and the Rebuild initiative of River City Food Bank.

“This first award represents a milestone for our Inspire Giving Fund,” said 2010 Metro Chamber Board Chair Randy Sater, president of StoneBridge Properties. “Currently, we are building the fund to a goal of $1 million, but in the meantime, thanks to the generosity of Sutter Health and Teichert, the Inspire Giving Fund is able to make the initial $10,000 award.”

Project Inspire’s Giving Circle is made up of businesspeople in the six-county region. Individuals who make a minimum contribution may vote at the end of each investment cycle to determine the distribution of the award.

“The idea behind Project Inspire is ‘a little is enough, if enough people do it,’” said Sater, who chairs the Inspire Giving program. “Project Inspire offers people who want to give back to the community a convenient way to do so, through the monthly Volunteer Power Hours and the Inspire Giving fund. We vet the nonprofits we work with to make sure that the volunteers’ time and money will have the greatest impact.”

As finalists, the nonprofits were invited to meet with Giving Circle members and present their projects for consideration. The four finalists were then voted on by ballot.

The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony, which will also recognize Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brice Harris, Ph.D., as the Sacramentan of the Year, and volunteer awards: The Al Geiger Memorial Award to Michele Steeb of St. John's Shelter Program for Women & Children; the Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs to Thomas W. Stallard of Rose Colored Glass Company the Volunteers of the Year to Michael Smith, A. of Teichert & Son and Keri Thomas of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region; and the Ambassador of the Year to Kristi Beard of TelePacific Communications.

Details about the Inspire Giving Fund finalists are below.

Outbound program of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento
The Outbound Fund will supplement programs by providing youth members, aged 6-18, with the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the walls of the Boys & Girls Club to experience “hands on” and service-learning in conjunction with their regular club programs, activities, curricula and to explore all that the community, region and state have to offer.

Kinnections Initiative of Lilliput Children’s Services
The Kinnections Emergency Support Fund fills vital emergency needs for families served within the Kinnections Initiative project. The KI project places children—who have been removed from their birth parents due to abuse or neglect—with other family members, also known as “kin.”

Transitioned Aged Youth Program of Lutheran Social Services
The Lutheran Social Services Transitioned Aged Youth Program provides permanent and safe transitional housing, as well as pathways to self-sufficiency to gain employment, job skills training and career planning to transition aged youth, 18-24 years who “age out” or “emancipate” from the foster care system and are at high risk of homelessness and a life of poverty.

River City Food Bank Rebuild
The River City Food Bank—the only area food bank that open every weekday to anyone experiencing hunger—is currently buying a new building after its previous site was destroyed in an October 2010 arson fire.

Any community member can participate in the Inspire Giving Fund, which is managed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. More information about Inspire Giving Fund and Project Inspire is available at metrochamber.org/inspire or contact Susan Harris at 916-321-9144 or sharris@metrochamber.org

Hal Silliman is communications director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber

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