A significant project is the Stockton Trails Initiative, which is a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the SCF to establish miles of hiking trails around Stockton Lake. It also involved the construction of a kids’ catch-and-release pond below Stockton Dam, and the placement of wildlife sculptures on the trails that educate and add beauty to the hiking experience.
Additionally, the SCF holds more than 40 funds under its umbrella, which support causes from scholarships to civic organizations and the local school district. In addition to funds for those causes and many others, the SCF also regularly supports local nonprofits through its grantmaking.
“The biggest impact SCF has on our community is the many grants awarded over the years for the school system and community nonprofits,” says Alisa Bough, SCF vice president. “Scholarships set up through our philanthropic encouragement and support have rewarded the community in vast numerous ways that are noticed daily by individuals.”
That collective work benefits the community, but also is why leaders serve through the SCF.
“I was motivated to become involved with SCF because I want the Stockton community to continue to grow, progress and flourish,” Bough says. “To be able for future generations to not only succeed as individuals, but for Stockton as a community to succeed.
“Being a part of this organization gives me the privilege of seeing grant requests from start to finish and personally gives me great pride in the Stockton citizens and as a place to live. The goal of our citizens is to make things better for others — we are able to help facilitate the process.”
“I enjoy the sincerity of the SCF’s mission in helping people to cultivate a true attitude of philanthropy through any size of project,” adds Marvin Manning, a SCF board member. “It doesn’t take a massive amount of funds or a longtime investment of work in the community. Anyone can get involved and have an impact immediately — the reward for serving on this Board is seeing that involvement take root and continue among community members.”