Noel Mechau, our new Controller!

Noel Mechau

Welcome to our new Controller, Noel Mechau! Noel feels fortunate to have been born and raised in Santa Rosa. She graduated from Sonoma State University with her BS in Business Administration / Accounting and an emphasis on Philosophy, as well. Specializing in the hospitality industry she earned her CPA while working for Pannell, Kerr, Forrester […]

Healdsburg Forever Celebrates $160,000 in Grants!

A rainy night didn’t deter nearly 200 donors and nonprofit leaders from gathering together at SHED to celebrate local philanthropy and to honor Mary Hafner for her steadfast leadership and support of the Healdsburg Forever Fund. In 2017, Healdsburg Forever awarded a record $160,000 in grants to 19 nonprofits serving Healdsburg and Geyserville. Under the […]

An Update on the Resilience Fund

Earlier this month our CEO Elizabeth Brown chatted with KSRO morning news host Pat Kerrigan to give listeners an update on our Sonoma County Resilience Fund. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity. Pat Kerrigan: Is the money still coming in? Elizabeth Brown: Yes! We are close to $11 million dollars. We […]

Everything we’ve learned about wildfire recovery told in just 5 minutes

When Supervisor James Gore asked us to represent the nonprofit sector at the annual State of the County breakfast event, we knew it would be a challenge to encapsulate all of the lessons we have learned into a five minute presentation but our CEO Elizabeth Brown was up to the challenge! Check out the video […]

Coffee with Karin

Over the past few months we have heard from many of you about the critical work you are doing to address the myriad of impacts the fires have had on our community. We’d like to hear from you about how we move forward toward a just and equitable recovery. Over the coming weeks we are […]

ROC Sonoma County

After a disaster happens in a community–and the immediate danger has passed–a long term recovery group is created. A collaborative network of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies, the group works in partnership with FEMA to ensure a coordinated recovery effort. Our long term recovery group, Rebuilding Our Community (ROC) Sonoma County is now up […]

Emily Johnson, our new Philanthropic Planning Assistant!

Welcome to our new Philanthropic Planning Assistant, Emily Johnson! Emily comes from a history of personal communication and hands-on managing – which, combined with her interest in philanthropy, makes her a perfect fit for the Community Foundation Sonoma County. As a Philanthropic Planning Assistant, Emily supports the Philanthropic Planning team through research and administration. She […]

Remembering Richard Kunde

We are honored to remember our friend and donor Richard Kunde, who passed away last week at the age of 75. Richard and his late wife Saralee became donors to Community Foundation Sonoma County in 1995, and we highlighted their legacy of giving in our annual report last year. Here is the story, first published […]

Caitlin Childs, our new Communications Director!

Welcome to our new Communications Director, Caitlin Childs! Caitlin Childs developed a deep love of community service in high school, and co-founded her first non-profit organization at 18. She studied political science at San Francisco State University while volunteering every weekend to cook and serve food for the homeless community back home in Santa Rosa. […]

About the Resilience Fund

  What is the Sonoma County Resilience Fund? The Sonoma County Resilience Fund was created in October 2017 to address the mid to long-term needs of Sonoma County to recover and rebuild from the devastating fires that have struck our community. Why medium to long term? Why not immediate relief? When a disaster strikes, on […]