For Community Foundation Sonoma County, 2008 was a year to take action. Like everyone, we were challenged by the new realities of the financial downturn. Our donors, grant recipients and community partners each faced tests that few had anticipated. In the midst of rising doubt, the Community Foundation responded once again by creating bridges, focusing on flexibility and resilience.
Where we couldn’t invest dollars, we invested time. When we couldn’t raise our funding, we raised our thinking. In the face of great adversity, we drew upon the strength of community. We learned new ways to meet the growing needs of our neighbors, and in the process, we made new friends. Much of our work centered on bolstering our nonprofit partners. We offered workshops on improving program outcomes, strategic planning, fundraising, branding and marketing, starting an endowment and launching a legacy society for planned givers. We can’t think of anyone who wishes to repeat 2008 financially, but its lessons will endure.
With this 2008 report, we introduce a smaller publication, reflecting our efforts to reduce expenses. Many of our lists traditionally printed here can be found on our website. Fewer pages in no way diminish the work of our grant recipients or the commitment of our donors. Together with our donor advisors, we granted $19 million to support the arts, education, the environment and human services. At the same time, we have begun new ways of collaborating on safety-net issues through initiatives such as Ending Family Homelessness.
We are grateful to be the Community Foundation in a county where creativity, commitment and generosity are never in short supply. We need you, as a member of our Community Foundation family, to engage in thoughtful dialogue, offering us your insights on the state of our society, helping us take action in these challenging times. We invite you to join this effort and consider expanding your relationship with us. However you choose to take action, together we can find and fund solutions to positively shape our community’s future.
Barbara Hughes, President & CEO David Voss, Board Chair