As we are inundated with Requests, we now have a Contributions Policy
It is impossible to calculate precisely how many requests for contributions Il Forno Classico has fielded during the past eighteen years, but the number has escalated recently, so we have decided to codify a process for those seeking assistance. In a perfect world, we would truly like to respond positively to all requests, but that just isn’t financially feasible.
Often, we will be approached for assistance from people we have never met. And all too often, requests are vague or, simply, “how about just a case of wine.” We are not interested in the “public relations” value of offering assistance. What’s important to us are these factors:
Does the request have a direct impact on Gold River?
Our priority is in making a difference locally, though we have contributed outside the region.
Is the person seeking assistance a regular patron at Il Forno Classico?
We seek to support the causes about which our best clients are passionate.
Is this something important to the staff of Il Forno Classico?
If a charitable activity appeals to us personally, we’ll support it.
Effective immediately, we will only accept written requests for contributions, which may be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed. We will respond in a timely manner. All inquiries must include a specific request.
Generally, we will not purchase sponsorships, advertising, tables or tickets associated with a charitable event. Our preference is to serve samples of food for various fundraisers. We currently support about 18 events per year. This is getting harder to do as we are faced with the affordable health care act and we are limited by how many hours we can support.
Activities sponsored by schools, including private schools, sports teams and churches. There are simply too many schools and churches to support and since we cannot fulfill all requests, we have come up with a WIN-WIN option for both of us.
Il Forno Classico will provide a four-course private dinner including wine and tax and gratuity for $40 per person. The school or church in turn has a silent auction sign up for a specific date and sells the dinner for between $60 and $90 per person. This is a super win-win for both parties. We get to show off for multiple guests and hopefully almost break even and the charities have been making between $500 and $1000 dollars per event. This is way better than Il Forno Classico giving your charity a $40 gift card that you raffle off and get nothing for.
The typical menu includes:
- Gloria Ferrer, Va De Vi, Sparkling wine
- Spring Salad with Cakebread, Sauvignon Blanc
- Seafood Risotto with Rombauer, Chardonnay
- Filet Mignon with Silver Oak, Cabernet
- Tiramisu and coffee
The following types of requests are low priorities:
- Amateur sports teams or sport event sponsorships.
- Fund raisers for individual persons in the community. While there is so much need, we must invest in programs that service larger numbers of deserving people.
- Requests for funds supporting activities outside of our local area: we respond to Gold River requests first; Sacramento County second, all others third.
We appreciate the hard work of volunteers who spend their valuable time in support of worthwhile and deserving charities. We will do our best to help, and we hope this information provides insight into our priorities.