Our Community Leadership

Our Community Leadership

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we are invested in the promise of Sonoma County and believe in the power of philanthropy to change communities. While many know us for our grantmaking programs, we also go beyond grants to play a wide variety of roles in creating philanthropic solutions to our region’s most pressing issues.


Early Childhood Education Initiative: Our early childhood education initiative focuses on increasing parent engagement in early literacy development. This initiative supports Cradle to Career Sonoma County’s work in ensuring that every child in Sonoma County enters kindergarten ready to succeed. Cradle to Career works to connect all segments of the educational continuum – early childhood, K-12, college/technical training, careers – to improve the educational, economic, and health outcomes for all Sonoma County youth.

LGBTQI Giving Circle: The mission of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle is to strengthen Sonoma County through collective funding that nurtures and develops programs to benefit the LGBTQI community.

Beyond Grantmaking

Health Action: We serve on the Council and Steering Committee of this county-wide initiative to ensure equity and improved health for all Sonoma County residents.

Los Cien: Director of Philanthropic Services Miguel Ruelas is a founding member of Los Cien Sonoma County Latino Leaders, which brings together prominent figures from our most rapidly growing demographic each month to network and discuss pressing issues in our community.

ieSonoma: Vice President for Programs Karin Demarest moderates the annual ieSonoma (innovate educate Sonoma) event, a local partnership of educational institutions and community organizations devoted to innovations in education.

Continuum of Care: Program Officer Elly Grogan serves on the board of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission’s Continuum of Care, dedicated to ending homelessness in Sonoma County.

Upstream Investments: We serve on the Policy and Executive committees of Upstream Investments, an initiative sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to invest in and support evidence-based programs that focus on prevention in order to increase equality and reduce monetary and societal costs.

Quarterly Coffees: We strive to learn about, with, and for our community. Under Karin Demarest’s leadership, we host quarterly gatherings to bring community leaders and nonprofit organizations together to share knowledge, learn about our grant making programs, and explore ways to work collaboratively.

Donor Forums: We host quarterly educational Greater Good forums for our donors to gather and learn more about topics that matter to them and to our community.