“We love to foster stewardship and to help create community,” say Gordon and Cora Stewart. They opened their Acorn Fund ten years ago, a donor- advised fund that has been pivotal in growing several innovative programs, including the new Bayer Farm in Roseland.
An initial seed grant to LandPaths laid the groundwork for the startup garden and local outreach; their accompanying challenge grant doubled the funds. As Bayer Farm took hold, the Stewarts leveraged contributions through the Community Foundation’s Partners in Philanthropy program which greatly expanded the project’s infrastructure.
Besides serving with LandPaths, Gordon sits on the boards of KRCB and the Santa Rosa Bicycle Club. Cora is developing a prototype to produce 1000 quilted wheelchair bags for the Veterans Home in Yountville. They both have boundless energy and their personal philanthropy is about sowing new ways to connect people to nature and to one another.