Journey to a New Beginning

Annette Williams, Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Programs Coordinator family emigrated from Lithuania to the United States during World War II. Her grandparents, Peter and Magdalena Pocius, fled Nazi occupation and lived in a Displaced Persons Camp where her mother was born. The journey Annette’s grandparents and mother took is one of many similar American origin […]

Stewarding Resources

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we believe in the power of connecting people, ideas and resources to benefit all who live here. One critical component of our mission includes ensuring that all funds are managed with prudent fiduciary oversight and good governance. Donor advised funds, nonprofit funds, corporate and committee advised funds, as well as […]

Discovered Artists

Ten years ago, the Artists Awards Endowment at the Community Foundation Sonoma County began supporting up-and-coming artists in our community. The fund was created by more than 50 Community Foundation donors between 2007 and 2011 with support from the James Irvine Foundation. The Discovered Artists program (now managed by Creative Sonoma), recognizes exceptional individual artists […]

A Family’s Legacy

Brothers, ages 11 and 9, are put on a train alone to escape a growing threat to Jews as war looms. Their parents stay behind in Germany, hoping to join them after taking care of family affairs. They will never see each other again.  Hans (“Hank”) Cohn and younger brother Bert lived briefly in France […]