“Giving and service get us outside of ourselves
and allow us to improve our communities and the
lives of others as well as our own.”

CCF Donor and Founder of WYLD - Wilderness Youth Leadership Diversity

Sometimes it takes reaching the top of a mountain to realize that you have it in you to keep right on climbing. California Community Foundation donor Chris Chandler has seen it happen over and over. Giving was always a part of his life growing up, but it was on a wilderness trip as a college freshman that he found his true passion. The sense of community, spirituality and faith he discovered transformed his life and left him with a desire to share that healing power with others.

Chris turned to CCF when he was ready to take his giving to the next level. Our staff helped him develop a plan and find organizations achieving maximum impact in his areas of interest. CCF’s donor relations team also helped him conceptualize and offered ideas and resources as he and three friends founded WYLD – Wilderness Youth Leadership Diversity. WYLD uses the great outdoors as a setting for leadership programs to bring together underserved urban youth and U.S. military veterans in mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. “It’s incredibly powerful to see them overcome the mountains in their own lives by actually climbing one,” Chris says.

We help donors realize the greatest possible impact on the causes and issues they care about most. Whether they’re looking to identify the most effective nonprofits or, like Chris want to discover ways to make a hands-on difference, CCF offers services tailored to meet their unique needs, from customized research on local, national and international organizations to arranging site visits to identify opportunities that complement their goals. This year, our donors gave nearly 7,100 grants totaling almost $115 million, supporting thousands of causes, strategies and approaches in L.A. County and throughout the world. Standing at the peak and seeing the faces of WYLD’s participants as they witness how far they’ve come, Chris understands just how powerful giving can be. That feeling captures the essence of what CCF aims to provide every donor as they see their own charitable vision come to life.