Community & Neighborhoods

Since 2001, the Community Foundation has supported a vision to establish a sustainable day labor center in Graton. Grants have allowed Graton day Labor Center/Centro Laboral de Graton (CLG) to function while engaging community support, building infrastructure and creating a strategic plan. a permanent building was recently put in place with plans to have it […]

Grant Highlights: The Imagine Bus Project North

The Imagine Bus Project North, lovingly known as the “art Bus” by many Sonoma County children is a fully-equipped mobile art studio providing programs for youth in low-income neighborhoods. a grant from our Healdsburg area affiliate allowed children at Canyon run, a largely Latino, low-income housing complex to experience art right in their neighborhood. Two […]

Grants Highlight: Sonoma Arts Emerging Artist Award

Designed to help emerging artists sustain their careers, the Sonoma Arts Emerging Artists Awards, at $5,000 each, helped three local working artists do whatever they deemed important to advancing their careers. They were chosen by a regionally-recognized panel of judges solely on the artistic merit of their work. They were selected from among 78 artists […]

Ending Family Homelessness

COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) offers help and hope to homeless persons in Sonoma County by providing safe shelter and housing, helping people develop steady incomes to getting them back under a roof of their own. The words of COTS’ Executive Director, John Records, say it best: “Our board is concerned about long-term sustainability in […]

Donor Profile: Jan Marks

Jan Marks learned philanthropy through example. Her mother runs a family foundation and their Jewish tradition teaches that charity is an important part of life. Jan established the Don Blaugrund LGBT Fund and is a major donor to the Rainbow Fund, which support local organizations and programs that promote acceptance and understanding of lesbian, gay, […]