Sonoma Capacity Building Cohort: Year 3

We’ve heard the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for today; teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.” Nonprofit organizations live and breathe this mantra every day in their own work with clients. From helping teens build job skills, to connecting students who want to create art with […]

Barry Weitzenberg: Profile of a Quiet Powerhouse

A man of many talents, Barry Weitzenberg is a modest, observant man. Community Foundation Sonoma County’s former board chair’s demeanor—refined, understated, and intelligent—doesn’t suggest the magnitude of his accomplishments. His activities in his spare time—golf, duck hunting, bike riding, to name a few—keep him physically active, which is perhaps a nod to his early career […]

Steph Curry & Family Win $25,000 for our Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Steph Curry prevailed against Chris Paul once again in a showdown on ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday June 24th. The stakes? A $25,000 donation to the player’s charity of choice. The Curry Family win means a $25,000 donation will be made to our very own Sonoma County Resilience Fund, which was established in October […]

Ann Butterfield, our new Vice President for Finance and Operations!

Ann Butterfield

Welcome to our new VP for Finance and Operations, Ann Butterfield! Ann brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience in multi-faceted non-profit organizations and has a strong passion for community development and social change. Ann joined Community Foundation Sonoma County after serving as Director of Business Services with Synod of the Pacific for over 17 […]

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 […]