Two hundred and eighty-nine steps rise invitingly up the gentle hills at the entrance to Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, but even the most seasoned stair-climber needs to pay extra attention. making your way, you might think that you have the hang of it, but this staircase will surprise you. Designed by artist Bruce Nauman, all of the stair treads are the same size, but each riser is different. the smallest step is three-eighths of an inch; the largest is 17 inches. made to match the contours of the land on which they rest, the stairs are a true reflection of their place. Nauman’s staircase is a significant work of contemporary art with a core purpose. each step works with the next one to get you to your destination. During the past year, community foundation Sonoma County has taken steps to invest in a portfolio of possibilities and the returns on that investment are all around us. Like the Nauman stairs, responding to the contours of Sonoma County requires vision, assessment, planning and skill – all of which our donors, advisors, friends and staff bring in large supply. we’re proud that these collaborations have yielded substantive achievements by the foundation and our affiliates in our core giving areas of the Arts, environment, education and Health & Human services. In our Annual Report, you will see collaboration in action. it is evident in the Artist Awards program, where a permanent endowment now stands to support emerging artists in Sonoma County. You will read about collaboration among some of the area’s best scientists in our north Bay climate Adaptation initiative, enabling essential research for the environment and our stewardship of it. collaborating with the Redwood Empire Food Bank produced a way to address hunger, health and well-being by providing fresh produce to local agencies for distribution. You’ll also read about the collaboration which resulted in scholarships for local students to attend four years of higher education,
giving additional meaning and importance to investing in what’s possible. You are part of each step that we take at community foundation Sonoma County. Your contributions and involvement arrive in many forms, like the different risers in Bruce Nauman’s stairs. our work throughout the county is always shaped by your efforts and dedication. Like those who journey along the stairs at Oliver Ranch, we encourage you
to stop and enjoy the view.