We do it to make a difference, we do it to help others, we do it Be.Cause.

Started in 1998, the Point West Rotary Club Foundation has donated over $1.1 million to over one hundred worthy charitable causes in and around Sacramento. In 2018, over 99.99% of donations went directly to those in need, and this does not include the time donated by the Club Members to these same causes.

If you are looking for a place where your donation will go directly to helping local families, please consider us.


PWR Member and Past President

Canine Companions for Independence is an organization that our foundation has generously supported both financially and through puppy raising. Our PWR club members have raised over 20 dogs. My family has raised two dogs who have made a dramatic impact on the lives of others. Becca, is now a Facility Dog at Sutter Pediatric Neurology, she sees several patients a day. Becca helps disabled children and their families during difficult treatments.
Kavi, is now a Skilled Companion for Lizzy who has Down Syndrome. Lizzy says, “Kavi is the best dog ever. She makes me happy. . Why you say? She is my best friend. Having Kavi is making me more responsible and independent. I do feed her, take her out to walk, bathe her and groom her. I love my dog Kavi. My family loves her too.”


Executive Director, WEAVE

The opportunity to partner with Point West Rotary and be the charity beneficiary of the California Brewers’ Festival remains transformational for WEAVE. When we learned that we would be the beneficiaries, the primary funding source for our children’s programs was at risk of elimination. The Point West Rotary Brewers’ Festival funding continues to provide stability to critical programs for children as ongoing government funding is not guaranteed or predictable. The support of Point West Rotary allows us to create a safe and stable environment where children who have lived amongst immense chaos and trauma can heal and just be kids again. Thank you Point West Rotary Foundation for your continued community support.

Becky Heieck

Executive Director, North Natomas Transportation Management Association

The North Natomas TMS’a 50 Bikes For 50 Kids program is centered on rewarding excellent young individuals found in our community, while encouraging the community to learn about bicycles. The Point West Rotary Club has been a dedicated supporter of this program by not only providing funds needed to orchestrate such an event, but by also providing hands-on volunteer support as well. This event demonstrates the strength of a unified community, and Point West Rotary truly epitomizes that. Their support of projects and organizations throughout the Sacramento area is making a lasting impact.


Student Activities Director, Encina Prepatory High School, http://www.sanjuan.edu/Encina.cfm

“The Rotary Foundation has been a tremendous support to the Encina 6-12 community. They have supported us financially through field trips, programs in our classrooms, and providing opportunities for our students in programs such the Partners in Leadership. Students have been able to make connections and gain education through real life experience and network with the Rotarians. Point West Rotary creates opportunities for our students and contributing to their future.”


 Rachel Minnik

Executive Director, Reading Partners in Sacramento

Working together as  a community, we can improve literacy for all children. Point West Rotary Foundation (PWRCF) is leading the way by supporting our 0ne-to-one tutoring intervention program at Northwood Elementary School.  Thanks to the PWRCF, 50 struggling readers are receiving the support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade and become successful in school and in life. Thank you for being true reading partners!


“Sierra Forever Families is extremely grateful and appreciative of the Point West Rotary Club and the PWRC Foundation. The Club’s passion and dedication to making our community and world a better place is constant and profound. Their commitment to raise awareness and resources for our children living in foster care has transformed the lives of many local children. May their spirit and philanthropy be a guide for our entire community.”

Bob Herne, MSW


Sierra Forever Families



    Your Donation Is Tax Deductible

    The Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) and is governed by a Board of Trustees
    selected by the Club. The Foundation has established a legacy in our community that impacts families and quality of life in our community. Helping our community is an honor and the members of the Rotary Club of Point West are committed to making a meaningful impact both now and in the future.

  • Along with Money, We Give Time

    We love helping kids and we wear that credo like a badge of honor. Whether through our TEES tutoring program at Thomas Edison Middle School, our scholarship and Rotary Youth Leadership Programs at Encina High School, our Ambassadorial Scholarship Program or our Rotary Youth Exchange Programs, we are there, in a strong and supportive way for our young people. Last year our members spent over xx hours of their time giving back to our local communities.

  • Local Commitment, Local Causes

    Our members guide and shape our charitable giving, ensuring that your donation will make the most difference for Sacramento and the surrounding communities. We work and live in the communities we serve—we understand where the money and effort is most needed.

  • We Donate

    Almost 100% of all the money we take into the Foundation gets donated to charitable causes. We are a completely volunteer organization and our expense ratio is less than .0005% so you know that your money is going to be put to work for local charities.

The Heilman Scholarship

The Heilman Scholarship provided by Rotary Club of Point West – Sacramento (PWR) is a special scholarship in memory of Guy Heilman, who was a long time PWR member. Guy was the Club meetings “leader of songs”. These scholarships are possible due to a generous donation from Mr. Heilman’s family with a suggested designation of a music scholarship focus.

Guy Heliman

Annual Fundraisers


California Brewers Festival

One of our signature events since 1994, the annual California Brewers Festival has benefitted deserving local children’s charity organizations. This happening, which is becoming one of the signature beer festivals in the Sacramento area, saw over 3,500 people attend this year…