Our Mission

Enhance the lives and future of people in our unique community – connecting people who care deeply with causes that matter.

Our Vision

Be the vehicle for philanthropic giving in Amador County.

Our Values

Respect our community. Listen for needs. Act courageously. Honor donor intent. Maintain Foundation integrity.

Amador Community Foundation was founded in 1999 by a generous donation from Mrs. Helen Fallis and incorporated in 2000.  Helen was born into poverty and worked hard for everything she earned. Once she got money, she felt like she should share it with the community she really loved. Thus, the start of the Amador Community Foundation.

Helen always dreamed the Foundation would provide a vehicle for others to give back to this wonderful County of ours. Since her initial donation, the Foundation has granted over $9 million into Amador County! If you would like to be like Helen, find out how you can help by calling 209-223-2148

Foundation Integrity

Committed to accountability, transparency and financial security, the Amador Community Foundation is a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization.

The integrity of our foundation is strengthened with oversight from our Foundation Board of Directors utilizing experience from a diverse cross-section of industry professions including agriculture, education, finance, government service, philanthropy and technology.

The Amador Community Foundation submits financial records for annual independent audits performed by outside financial professionals utilizing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).


Simply put, the Amador Community Foundation improves the quality of life for the citizens of Amador County today and for generations to come. We do this by investing donor gifts and use the investment earnings to support local nonprofit organizations. We connect local generosity with local needs.


The Amador Community Foundation is a leader in the Community. We are governed by a Board of Directors who are civic leaders with many years of experience and involvement in Amador County community issues. As a respected, neutral organization, the Foundation’s duties go beyond donor services and grant-making. The Foundation finds the resources to provide solutions.

“Legacy” is all about life, living and caring about our community today.

Opportunities to help others in ways that are meaningful to you reflect your story and the life you live. With your donation, the Amador Community Foundation is here to help you make a commitment to support the future of our community through the power of endowment. With your legacy, you can trust that the assets you leave to the community will continue to grow, supporting your philanthropic interests for generations to come.

Simply put, the Amador Community Foundation improves the quality of life for the citizens of Amador County today and for generations to come. 

We connect local generosity with local needs.

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