Environment + Education: Global Student Embassy

Analy High School students Nica, Maya, and Isi in the GSE garden.   How can a garden grow more than just vegetables? When it helps to grow adults, too. That, at least, is among the aims of the Global Student Embassy (GSE), a Sebastopol nonprofit that serves students in Ecuador and Nicaragua as well as […]

Valley Fire Giving

Dear Friends, We know you share our heartache for our friends and neighbors, especially those in Lake County, who are facing the most devastating of circumstances wrought by the fires.  We also know you are eager to help and it is no surprise to our Community Foundation Sonoma County team by the outpouring of giving […]

Canine Companions

Imagine not being able to open a door, answer the phone, hear a fire alarm or even pick up a pencil. Think what it would be like to have people stare at you because you’re in a wheelchair or to feel isolated and, alone because you’re “different.” These are the kinds of challenges many people […]

Early Childhood Education: Pasitos

Community Action Partnership’s Pasitos program engages Spanish-speaking families and young children in literacy development, to prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Dignity and Care: Compassion Without Borders

Compassion Without Borders cares for pets and unwanted animals from Mexico to Sonoma, providing low-income Spanish speaking families with education about animal care, ID tags, preventative care, and connection to spay/neuter services.

Sonoma Gives

Gratitude, Dignity, Need: Community Foundation donors Barbara Wollner,
Ben Cushman and George Tuttle share why they give in recent Press Democrat articles.

Family Giving: Dean and Belinda Soiland

Family is paramount to Dean and Belinda (Bo) Soiland. So is faith. Dean, like most of his siblings, got his start in his father Marv Soiland’s sand and gravel business before he and Bo launched their BoDean Company for aggregates and asphalt in 1989. Along the way, they had three children of their own while […]

Community Resource: La Luz Center

When activist Ligia Booker founded La Luz Center in 1985, the Sonoma Valley Latino population was largely transient, composed of seasonal workers who returned to their native countries once the harvest was done. By 2013, however, the community had stabilized. Serving some 10,000 people a year, La Luz now focuses its resources on helping year-round […]

Creating Legacy: George Tuttle and Ben Cushman

With Pinot Noir vineyards spread out below him, George Tuttle sits on his porch and surveys the West County home he shares with spouse Ben Cushman. When asked to explain his philanthropy, he shakes his head. “The guilt factor is pretty high when you’re sitting here in Sonoma County on your nice deck and all […]