A supporting organization is a separate charity that, like a private foundation, is typically funded by one family. Unlike a private foundation, it is not subject to rigorous operating restrictions and excise taxes. We partner with a number of supporting organizations, each with its own unique philanthropic goals and approach, which operate under Community Foundation’s charitable umbrella. Each has its own board, investment policies, grant priorities, and charitable status in support of our charitable mission and purpose. We facilitate the start-up, help appoint the board, manage investments, and administer grants and financial reporting.
In 1995, former Santa Rosa Mayor Charles “Chop” DeMeo chose to leave his $16 million estate for the benefit of Sonoma County teens and homeless mothers. He hoped to create a bridge to the future. His legacy, The DeMeo Teen Club, familiarly known as “Chops,” is a perfect example of creating something of lasting value that spans generations.
In May 2010, Community Foundation announced its newest supporting organization—the Oliver Ranch Foundation. Steve and Nancy Oliver, arts patrons and founders of the Oliver Ranch, worked with us to assure that their vision for the world-renowned sculpture ranch continues in perpetuity. The 100-acre Geyserville ranch is known for its spectacular collection of commissioned, large-scale, outdoor sculpture.
Pepperwood Preserve, a 3,000 plus-acre property of stunning landscape and rich biodiversity in Sonoma County, was established to protect wild land and foster natural history education, environmental research, and preservation. Educational programs for all age groups offer workshops and field trips on natural history, botany, zoology, natural resource management, anthropology, and astronomy.
The Sonoma Paradiso Foundation brings together the nation’s top business leaders, philanthropists, wine enthusiasts, and celebrities to raise charitable funds for children in need. The Sonoma Paradiso Foundation is committed to taking a lead role to ensure the health, education, welfare, and quality of life to the children in Sonoma County and beyond.
For more information, please contact J Mullineaux at 707.303.9620.