Your Philanthropic Dollars at Work

Since 1973, Sierra College Foundation has supported students by funding their pursuits of higher education and providing resources to help guide them toward success while assisting thousands of donors in fulfilling their philanthropic desires.

Who We Are

Sierra College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises money from private donors to support students, college programs, and the future of Sierra College. The Foundation was formed in 1972 and incorporated in 1973 with a mission of giving the community the opportunity to invest in the development and quality educational opportunities for all.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundation grants, Sierra College Foundation has grown along with the college. The Foundation encourages gifts to enhance college programs, for faculty support, and facility improvements.

Sierra College Foundation is independently audited and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, most of whom live and work in the communities served by the Sierra Joint Community College District of Placer, Nevada, and parts of Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.

Contributions to Sierra College Foundation qualify for state and federal tax deductions, and for estate tax savings.

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Meet Our Foundation Board of Directors

Officers 2022-2023

  • PRESIDENT – Robert Dugan
    President/CEO: California Construction and Industrial Materials Association
  • IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Holly Tiche
    Principle: Tiche Consulting, LLC.
  • VICE PRESIDENT– Ed Bonner
    Retired: Placer County Sheriff
  • VICE PRESIDENT– Kevin Barri
    Region Bank President: Wells Fargo
  • VICE PRESIDENT – Governance – Grace Bowen
    Community Member, Attorney
  • VICE PRESIDENT – Resource Development –Amanda Merz
    Community Advocacy and Engagement Manager: SAFE Credit Union
  • SECRETARY – Bryant Milesi
    Manager of External Affairs: AT&T
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Sierra College Foundation) – Sonbol Aliabadi
  • PRESIDENT/SUPERINTENDENT (Sierra College District) – Willy Duncan

Board Members 2022-2023

  • John Crenshaw – Wells Fargo, Senior Vice President
  • Dave Breninger – Placer County Water Agency, Retired
  • Ned Cohen – Office of Legislative Council, Retired
  • Cari Dawson-Bartley – Sierra College District,Trustee
  • Judy East – Nevada County Campus Coordinating Council, Chair
  • Carol Garcia – First Northern Bank, Vice President/Community Relations Officer
  • Robin Klomparens – Partner, Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP
  • Laura Latimer – Sutter Health, Director of Integrated Quality Services
  • Debbie Reitter – Kaiser Permanente, Chief Nurse Executive
  • Caitlin Ross – Attorney at Law
  • Merryl Tengesdal – United States Air Force Colonel, Retired
  • Denise Vonhof – Baird Private Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Financial Reports

The Sierra College Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises money from private donors to support students, college programs, and the future of Sierra College. The Foundation was formed in 1972 and incorporated in 1973 with a mission of giving the community the opportunity to invest in the development of quality educational opportunities for all.

The Foundation is independently audited and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, most of whom live and work in the communities served by the Sierra Joint Community College District of Placer, Nevada, and parts of Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.

Our Financial Statements and Tax Returns

These are Sierra College Foundation’s audited financial statements and tax returns for three years: 

Please contact the Foundation if you have any questions.

Gifts to Sierra College Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The contribution deductible for tax purposes is limited to the amount that exceeds the value of any goods and services received by the donor. Tax ID #23-7241877