The McConnell Foundation is an independent foundation located in Redding, California. As a broad-based funder, we have awarded grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public education, and government entities located primarily in Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties in rural Northern California, and the countries of Nepal and Laos.
We do lots of things, but mostly we make grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies; we offer our meeting space to eligible groups; and we provide trails for the public to use.
We are a private foundation that has an endowment created by Carl R. and Leah F. McConnell. We do not receive tax dollars or public funds; the Foundation’s funds are professionally managed to grow the generous endowment created by the McConnells.
One of the Foundation’s investments is a water right that was acquired by Mrs. McConnell as an investment asset. The Foundation has a fiduciary obligation to manage all of its investment assets, including its water rights, as a prudent investor. By maximizing its return on its investment assets, the Foundation can increase the funds that can be made available for grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and governmental agencies.
The Foundation values its employees and carefully considers candidates for open positions. When a position becomes available it is posted and advertised.
The McConnell Foundation is a private foundation maintained by staff; we are not a membership-driven organization.
The Foundation’s focus is to provide grants, meeting space, and trail use. Our dedicated staff sustains the charitable operations and maintains the trails. The Foundation does not have programs/projects in which volunteers can participate.
The Foundation has dedicated its meeting space for eligible groups and groups that support the Foundation’s mission. We are not equipped or staffed to handle weddings and private social events.
With permission, photographs may be taken in certain areas. Requests can be submitted through our website.
In an effort to protect the aquatic area and surrounding habitat, and for safety reasons, we do not allow fishing.
The Foundation’s focus is to provide meeting space for eligible groups. In order to keep the space continually available for those groups the Foundation does not provide public tours or allow the space to be used for public gatherings.
We have been delighted by the public response to our persimmon trees. Our persimmon trees were planted for their fall beauty and are enjoyed all year around. Both Hychea and Fuyu varieties grow on Lema Ranch. Our landscape crew typically begins picking in October; individual picking is prohibited. The yield of persimmons changes from year to year, making it difficult to predict how many persimmons will be available to the public. The persimmons are offered first to nonprofit organizations that feed people, and then are offered in small quantities to the public for personal enjoyment. The persimmons are part of the McConnell Foundation and its legacy, they are not meant for resale.
Per IRS regulations only eligible organizations are considered for funding. Eligible organizations are: (1) nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups; (2) schools; and (3) government agencies.
Per IRS regulations funds for personal use are not eligible for consideration.
The Foundation has chosen to focus specifically on grants, meeting space, and trail use; it does not provide sponsorships for sports teams at this time.
Faith-based organizations designated by the IRS as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) that do not discriminate — whether in employment practices, provision of services or otherwise — in regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, political ideology, age, creed, religion, heritage, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements, or any other characteristic protected by law, may submit grant requests for nonsectarian projects if the project and organization have no bias to any particular religion; the project and organization serve the entire community without regard to belief; and the project and organization require no religious teaching, directive or requirement to receive services.