There’s more than good food on the dinner table at one household in Healdsburg—there’s deep conversation. The Tompkins-Imhoff family sits together to discuss which community projects and organizations they will support through their family fund created at Community Foundation Sonoma County. “We try to instill in our children the value of hard work, focus, and gratitude for what we have. Part of that is giving back,” says Dan Imhoff.
From San Francisco to Mendocino—and finally to Sonoma County—“coming home” to Healdsburg inspired the family to settle in, and raise and educate their children. Once established, they sought and formed relationships with the Foundation. Their family fund gives ongoing support for education as well as conservation and local food efforts. They make full use of the Foundation’s administrative support, advice, and resources—and incorporate giving into annual tax planning.
Quincey Tompkins-Imhoff also personally supports education as a Trustee for Sonoma Academy. “The schools we’ve been involved with, that have made a lasting impression on us, exhibit a true sense of created ‘community.’ Yes, the school and lessons are ‘education,’ but the dynamic people who come
together to teach kids—that’s energy. We’ve raised our kids here—we’re a team and we’re on a team—we support schools because they resonate with us.”
The Community Foundation structure, philanthropic flexibility, and collaborative opportunities appeal to the Tompkins-Imhoffs. With help from Community Foundation Sonoma County, they crafted a 10-year very low interest loan for a low-income school. Through this custom program-related investment, kids moved from portable buildings and into comfortable classrooms. Says Quincey, “In the end it’s always relationships between people that gets things done.”