Collecting well-crafted treasures, sharing stories, and handing down lessons over generations are hallmarks of Dee and Harry Richardson’s lives and marriage. Wrapped around Dee’s antique collective and Harry’s (now retired) oncology practice is a blanket of caring involvement in community. Even their lovingly cared-for Victorian home clearly reflects their values. A decades-long relationship with Community Foundation Sonoma County is also fundamental.
The Richardsons had parents who modeled volunteerism, which they have passed on to their children—and now grandchildren. Early on, a core Community Foundation concept dawned on Dee: “I realized that instead of perpetual fundraising, endowments could be created, nurtured, and grown. This makes so much sense, so I became involved and learned from the Foundation’s founders. Since we collect things, keep things and build things up, the Foundation fits. It seems like it has always been a part of our lives.”
From Harry’s perspective, “This is such an important organization for Sonoma County—literally our foundation—that has brought together people with means to create and support projects and initiatives that might never have happened otherwise. From DeMeo Teen Club to Pepperwood Preserve to 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County, a support system and structure is in place to create something bigger and better. This Foundation will be in place long into the future and will grow and change with community needs.”
Dee concludes: “We’ve both served on the board and through our Richardson Family Fund, which supports human services, environmental and education programs, our kids will help decide how to impact the world. Our Legacy Society fund is part of our estate planning; something we add to and grow. Through it we make grants to nonprofits we admire, showing our love for this place where we live.” History is in the making.