Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) was recognized as a 2016 Partner in Philanthropy by the Yocha Dehe Community Fund, one of the first such funds formally established by a Native American tribe.
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (pronounced “YO-cha DEE-hee”) is a sovereign Native American nation recognized by the United States and owns one of the most diverse farming operations in Yolo County. The tribe has established the Yocha Dehe Community Fund, which is dedicated to creating a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, deep community knowledge and awareness, and active leadership. Since 2000, the Community Fund has provided more than $30 million in philanthropic funding to 347 diverse local, state and national organizations.
SONC was honored at Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation Partners in Philanthropy Luncheon on May 11 and is also featured in the fund’s annual report. SONC Director of Foundation Relations Lisa Lim joined athlete Jonathan Sparks at the event, which is held every year to honor organizations that make a difference in the community. Jonathan has attended the luncheon for years and has built a strong relationship with the Community Fund members.
Since nearly 10 years ago, the Yocha Dehe Community Fund has donated more than $75,000 to SONC programs and will serve as a sponsor of the 2017 SONC Summer Games at University of California, Davis, from June 23-25. The Community Fund also sponsored the 2016 SONC Summer Games. Together, SONC and the Yocha Dehe Community Fund are working together to positively impact the community.