Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Words of art
Shabby neighborhoods are being brought to life with public art
Public art is about more than intricate town square sculptures or decorative murals that mask the walls of blight. At its best, public art doesn’t simply beautify a space, it engages a community by reflecting and helping to define the environment around it. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts
Allison Joy
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
The learned philanthropist
Academic programs for philanthropists and nonprofit leaders are emerging nationwide
After two decades of working in the nonprofit industry, Robin Chronister, an executive assistant for Mother Lode Rehabilitation in Placerville, noticed a gradual but clear change in the nonprofit sector. Due to the struggling economy, donors had less money to give but were demanding greater
Laurie Lauletta-Boshart
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Angels for Hearts
Sacramento nonprofit reaches region's tiniest heart patients
In 2004, 28-year-old Kimberly Kaufman learned she had congestive heart failure. Until then, Kim had been blessed with good health, great family and friends and a satisfying career. Now, her heart was so enlarged and so damaged that doctors suspected she would never again live a normal life. In
Sharon Frederick
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Along for the Ride
Transportation support for cancer patients in need
When an oncologist told Dorothy Hillbrant she’d need a ride to chemotherapy, Hillbrant called the San Joaquin chapter of the American Cancer Society.  No volunteer drivers were available. “I said to myself, ‘When I get better, I’m going to be a driver.’ And that’s what I did,” says Hillbrant
Stephanie Flores
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
From Setbacks to Scholar
St. John’s Shelter Program offers women a fresh start
A twice-convicted felon, Ronita Iulio thought she had blown her last chance to salvage her life and family. After being released from prison in 2008, Iulio was anxious to reunite with her three children, but instead she faced an unsympathetic court that granted full custody to her ex-husband. With
Laurie Lauletta-Boshart
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
United We Stand
Done wisely, nonprofit mergers can boost economic vitality
In the fall of 2011, the executive directors of the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Sacramento Opera sat in their respective offices staring bleakly at financial reports that were telling each of them what they already knew: Revenues were down, attendance was waning, costs were up. As the two
Laurie Lauletta-Boshart
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Safety Nest
Safety and care for unwanted animals
Kim Sturla’s biggest challenge isn’t caring for thousands of animals at a time. It’s trying to get people to think about a pig’s life in the same way they would think about a dog’s.  As the executive director of Animal Place, she’s made it her mission to rescue animals — pigs, cows, chickens
Stephanie Flores
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
A World of Help
Stores of opportunity in Placer County
In her teens, Velvet Edwards dropped out of Lincoln High School to care for her mother, who had hepatitis and scoliosis. By 22, she had few life skills and no high school diploma as she watched her mother slowly disappear.  “Toward the end, her organs just started to shut down, and she faded