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 […]

From Vacant to Vibrant

Imagine a place where kids explore babbling creeks and old orchards, families gather together to share a meal, community members harvest fresh vegetables from a shared garden, and cyclists pass through on their way to work or play. Did you picture all of this happening in the middle of Santa Rosa? For the past forty […]

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Raises $5.2 Million for Local Charities

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 16, 2017) – The Sonoma County Vintners and Barbara R. Banke, the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair, are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction raised a record-breaking $5.2 million to support Sonoma County charities focused on literacy, education, health and human services, the environment and arts and […]

Celebrating $200 Million in Grants

It took 25 years for Community Foundation Sonoma County to reach the $100 million marker for grants made. Nine years later, that impressive grant milestone has been more than doubled, as $200+ million in support has made its way into our communities, creating ripples of benefits both large and small. Walk the streets of our […]

Change the World – Mentor

Mentors change the world. They empower success and support young people through their journey to reach their goals and dreams. They enable growth, connection, experiences and as 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County says, “They believe in their amazing students!” This past year, Beth Brown, CEO, and J Mullineaux, Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Community Foundation […]

Our Values

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we believe in the power of connecting people, ideas, and resources to benefit all who live here. There’s a small but critical word in that mission statement, one that deserves extra attention—all. As an organization that is deeply connected to this place and the people who call it home, we […]

A Parent’s Struggle Inspires

Mary Stompe’s high job satisfaction is rooted in a truly personal situation; her mother experienced what far too many seniors do. Mary explains, “My own mother, who had lived a middle class life in Marin, began a rapid downward spiral when my father died unexpectedly. She lost his pension, health and dental insurance, their house, […]

A Family’s Legacy

Brothers, ages 11 and 9, are put on a train alone to escape a growing threat to Jews as war looms. Their parents stay behind in Germany, hoping to join them after taking care of family affairs. They will never see each other again.  Hans (“Hank”) Cohn and younger brother Bert lived briefly in France […]