The Imaginists

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It could turn into almost anything! Just who are those wild-eyed, costumed people on bicycles? What are they doing wandering to and fro, performing in the streets? Why are they in our high schools engaging and charming the kids, getting even the shyest of teens to open up, participate […]

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Grantees Announced

As the grantmaking partner of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend , we are thrilled to share that a record-breaking total of $3,486,726 in contributions to Sonoma County non-profit organizations was distributed on March 31st from the resounding 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Over 200 guests representing Sonoma County’s wine industry leadership, non-profit organizations, local dignitaries, and top […]


ieSonoma is a partnership between public and private educational institutions and the larger community devoted to exploring the research, theory, and practice of 21st Century teaching and learning for the purpose of transforming the way we prepare our youth for success in this rapidly changing world. “I do an enormous amount of speaking around the […]

Hispanics in Philanthropy Gala

At the recent Hispanics in Philanthropy gala in Sonoma, 32 Latino philanthropists and community leaders from across the United States were honored for their generosity and unrivaled community spirit. One of the HIPGiver awardees was our very own Oscar Chavez, who serves on our Board of Directors.  We celebrate Oscar’s well-deserved recognition for his dedication […]

Russian Riverkeeeper

At the very heart of Sonoma County flows the beloved Russian River. This ancient, beautiful, integral resource provides precious water for drinking, fish and wildlife habitat, agriculture, and recreation; as such its value is inestimable. Yet our river is under constant assault from both nature (drought, flooding) and our own acts (overuse, pollution, diversion). As […]

Assistance Beyond the Grant

In 2014 the Community Foundation commissioned a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy called the Grantee Perception Report. The report surveyed our current grantees to get their honest feedback on how we were doing as grantmakers. We welcomed the thoughtful responses both positive and constructive and made some substantial changes to the way that our […]

Building Leadership

What happens when 15 of Sonoma County’s most interesting women nonprofit leaders get together? A lot of laughter and support bubbles out of the room. Partnerships and friendships are formed. Ideas and best practices are generously shared. A circle of support is created. In February, Community Foundation Sonoma County convened women leaders from Sonoma’s nonprofit […]

Quarterly Coffee in February

Please join us for coffee and conversation with our Vice President for Programs, Karin Demarest. This is an opportunity to meet other community leaders and learn about Community Foundation Sonoma County. Click here for details and to register.

Chop’s Teen Club

2:54 p.m. – It’s eerily silent for a weekday afternoon. Signs of life: lights, music and computers are fired up as the doors unlock. Time for teens at Chop’s. 3:01 p.m. — When those doors open, classrooms, halls, floors and courtyards come alive with laughter, music, art projects, training and study sessions, computer work and […]

Tips for Approaching Family Foundations

Results from a Foundation Source Survey on approaching family foundations for funding. Download the story here.