Last Week for Scholarship Applications!

Need money for college or post-secondary school? Applications are still being accepted for the 2017-2018 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program for LGBTQ & allied youth! Hurry! The application Deadline is days away on June 30th.


Scholarship requirements:

  • Open to LGBT and LGBT-supportive scholars
  • Must reside in or plan to attend university, college or qualified vocational school in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, or Yuba counties.
  • Must be enrolled in university, college or a qualified vocational school by Fall 2017.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.9 cumulative GPA
  • Must apply by June 30th and be selected by the Scholarship Committee

Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner

Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner

Invest in the future of our community! Limited Number of Tickets Available! Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner is Thursday, May 25, 6-9 pm. This fundraiser will be held at the beautiful new venue at Capital Public Radio. This exclusive event supports scholarships for Sacramento area LGBTQ and allied youth! Tickets $125. Reserve your seat NOW before we sell out!


Rainbow Foundation is a BDOG Charity

Rainbow Foundation is a BDOG Charity

Support LGBTQ Youth Scholarships! Donate to Rainbow Chamber Foundation on Big Day Of Giving! Join thousands in supporting non-profits on this day of philanthropy. You have 24 Hours to give where your heart is! #BDOG2017 Click on the link below to donate to Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Foundation!

When donors use their Golden 1 Credit Union debit or credit card for their Big Day of Giving donation, their contribution goes even further. Golden 1 will proportionately match up to $50,000 to the nonprofits its members donate to online.

Want to donate in person on #BigDOG2017? Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Rainbow Chamber Foundation Board Members will be at Badlands Sacramento 6-9pm TODAY, May 4, to accept your donations! Invest in the future of our community!


Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

2016 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Winners and Presenters

Photo Credit: Monica Neumann Lunardi photo artist

The Rainbow Chamber Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, recently awarded scholarships to 10 LGBT and LGBT-supportive students from the Sacramento region or attending local educational institutions.

2016 scholarship recipients, their schools and fields of study are:

  • Jill Hagey, University of California, Davis, Animal Biology
  • Andrew Henkin, California State University, Sacramento, Social Work
  • Victoria Tan, University of the Pacific, Music
  • Kimberly Angulo, UC Davis School of Law
  • Kevin Roux, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Juris Doctor
  • Jonathan Taylor, Drexel University, Criminal Law
  • Brett Wenck, American River College, Hospitality Management
  • Casey Jordan, American River College, American Sign/Deaf Studies
  • Michael Dransfield, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Digital Arts
  • Monica Vasquez, Makeup Designory, Cosmetology

The scholarship presentations were made at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner Sept. 15 at Dante Club. “We are so proud of our 2016 scholars and grateful for the community support that allowed us to award a record number of scholarships,” said Rainbow Chamber Foundation Chair Diana DePaola. “These young people represent the future of our community, and we are honored to support them on the path to many future achievements.”

Since its founding in 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded scholarships to 42 LGBT, questioning or allied students. In its first funding year, 2009, the organization awarded only two scholarships; in 2015, with the addition of a SMUD STEM program scholarship and a named scholarship funded by private donors, the Foundation awarded scholarships to seven deserving students. In addition to its scholarship program, the Foundation supports other local organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQI youth, including the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Gender Health Center.

For more information about the Rainbow Chamber Foundation or to access the online scholarship application, visit

Get Your Tickets Today! Annual Gala September 15 2016

In just a little over a week, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner–Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at Dante Club–and you don’t want to miss it!

Our keynote speaker, Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, will present his vision for Sacramento’s future, as well as swear in your newly elected Chamber Board of Directors. You will be entertained by the dulcet tones of cabaret singer Gayiel Von, accompanied by Jim Jordan on piano. We will announce the recipient of the 2016 Business Leader of the Year Award, with long-time Chamber member and community statesman Dennis Mangers serving as our emcee. As with all Chamber events, it will be a party to be remembered!

In 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation awarded its first two academic scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students, totaling $2,500. We are proud to announce that on September 15 the Foundation will award a total of 10 scholarships, totaling $10,000, each one of which is an investment in the future of our community. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors and all of you who have attended our annual galas, purchased raffle tickets at our mixers, selected Rainbow Chamber Foundation when you made purchases on Amazon Smile, and bid on auction items over the past nine years–all of you have contributed to the growth and success of our Rainbow Chamber scholarship program; all of you have contributed to the achievements of our deserving scholarship recipients.

This year once again, all proceeds from our live auction, presented by benefit auctioneer Jerry Goldstone, BAS, will support the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and our scholarship program. We can’t wait for the party to start, and we hope to have all of you there with us as we work to make the Sacramento business and LGBTQ communities better for all of us!

Statement on Orlando Shooting & Donation Link

Statement on Orlando Shooting & Donation Link

Rainbow Chamber Statement on Orlando Shooting
Following is a statement on behalf of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce from Chamber President Paul Weubbe:

The members of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce extend our condolences and prayers to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, their families and loved ones, and the people of Orlando.

The Chamber’s mission is to support LGBTQ business owners and allies with resources to help them succeed and prosper. With implementation of recent state and federal laws and policies, the LGBT business community is stronger and more successful than ever before.

As an LGBT Chamber, we understand that the LGBT-owned or -accepting restaurant, shop or nightclub in any city or town often becomes a local gathering place, sought out by members of our community as a refuge, a place where they can feel safe and comfortable in expressing themselves without fear of judgment or harassment. For that reason, an attack on one of these businesses is particularly heart-wrenching.

In the face of our sadness over the senseless Orlando attack, we urge everyone to respond, not by hiding in fear, but by celebrating “Pride Over Prejudice,” as we come together to end bigotry and hatred. We urge everyone to support our local LGBT-owned businesses and the many businesses and organizations that visibly support our LGBT community by contributing to our causes, sponsoring our organizations and participating in our public events.

The best way to refute the hate demonstrated in the Orlando shooting is to continue to succeed and prosper. The best result that can come from this tragic act is that we emerge better as people, stronger as a community, and more open and accepting as a nation.

To donate to those impacted by the Orlando shooting, visit