BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Natalie Inouye, President
Tom Worthy, Vice President
Glynnis Cowdery, Secretary
Teri Erickson, Treasurer
Cindy Silva, Director
Alice Valle-Riestra, Director
The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation -- formerly the Fountain for Youth Foundation -- is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was founded in 1992 by a group of business, civic, and community leaders with one specific mission: To raise funds for organizations and projects that support the youth of Walnut Creek. Today, the group's mission is broader: To preserve and enhance the recreational, cultural and educational future of Walnut Creek.
Since its founding, the Foundation has successfully raised and disbursed grants and awards of more than $675,000 to community organizations and programs that preserve and enhance Walnut Creek's quality of life and awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to exemplary high school seniors. This past year, the Foundation awarded 10 community grants for non-profit programs that achieve this mission.
The Foundation serves as the community "umbrella" partner for Walnut Creek Community Service Day, which celebrates volunteerism and the role it plays in our community. Established in 2011, Community Service Day is an annual day of service, open to the entire community, during which 1,250-1,500 volunteers of all ages donate a half-day of their time to work on worthwhile projects at local public schools, in parks and the open space, along our creeks, in gardens and at museums, for the arts, and for the needy.
The Foundation has raised significant funds for projects that support youth. The group raised more than $370,000 for the All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park, which opened in October 2014, and more than $90,000 to help build the Larkey Splash Playground, which opened in June 2017. The Foundation raised $30,000 in private funds for the building of Walnut Creek’s Skate Park at Heather Farm Park, which opened in 2006, and the Foundation was the “incubator” for the now-successful Walnut Creek Wellness City Challenge.
The group also was the initial sponsor of the Girls Golf program in Walnut Creek and the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting youth golf programs in Walnut Creek.