Pacific Coast has long encouraged and supported employee philanthropic activities, contributing money for fundraising campaigns and making contributions to numerous charities each year. In 1999, the board of directors formalized its philanthropic program with the creation of the Pacific Coast Building Products Charitable Foundation. A one million dollar initial contribution established the fund, which grew to over $2.2 million by the third year. The Sacramento Regional Foundation administers the funds.
The foundation focuses on charities in communities that the company serves with an emphasis on children in need. It also funds a scholarship program for children and grandchildren of Pacific Coast’s current and retired employees. In its first four years, the program assisted 16 students.
The foundation supports education, kids at risk, and programs for troubled children. Among the first to be awarded were grants to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Sierra Adoption Services.
In the past two years, PCBP Foundation has helped find “forever” homes for six special needs children. “We believe that the gift of a forever family is the ultimate gift and will continue to have impact throughout the child’s lifetime,” said Kim Rhinehelder, Development and Public Relations Officer of Sierra Adoption Services.
“I didn’t think the doors would stay open,” said Jana Cuneo, President of the Board for WIND. “The PCBP Foundation stepped forward with a sizeable gift that literally saved the organization.” WIND Youth Center reaches out to and supports homeless and high risk teenagers; provides a safe and welcoming place where they receive services with dignity and respect; offers basic necessities, education and counseling, and offers transition choices for youth toward healthy alternatives to street life.
Ken Bennett, the Interim Administrator for WIND described the PCBP Foundation as “a real partner, not just a donor.” “The PCBP Foundation is a step above other donors. They come in and help us with general administrative tasks including bookkeeping, and human resource issues.”
For more information about the PCBP Foundation or its grant guidelines please email Megan Vincent.