Board Recalls

Board members hold a special place in our hearts and we are so grateful for the immense amount of blood, sweat and tears (not to mention charitable dollars) they have invested in the Community Foundation. We asked three former board members to reflect on their time as board members as we surpass a $200 million […]

Memories and Milestones

Remember what you were doing in 1986? (We keep trying to forget our betamax players and day-glo accessories.) The amazing individuals who crafted, guided and led Community Foundation Sonoma County throughout our history do; they reflected on the work and impact of the Community Foundation during their tenure as Executive Directors and CEOs. Virginia Hubbell […]

Vacant to Vibrant

Imagine a place where kids explore babbling creeks and old orchards, families gather together to share a meal, community members harvest fresh vegetables from a shared garden, and cyclists pass through on their way to work or play. Did you picture all of this happening in the middle of Santa Rosa? For the past forty […]

Celebrating $200 Million in Grants

It took 25 years for Community Foundation Sonoma County to reach the $100 million marker for grants made. Nine years later, that impressive grant milestone has been more than doubled, as $200+ million in support has made its way into our communities, creating ripples of benefits both large and small. Walk the streets of our […]

National Award for Sonoma’s Health Action

Begin with a compelling cause—making Sonoma County one of the healthiest communities in the state—add as a driving force a contingent of passionate, action-oriented organizations with deep expertise—and you have a formula for success. That’s the premise behind Health Action, an initiative that brings together the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Department of Health Services […]

First Grants

In 1984, Community Foundation Sonoma County began making its first grants. Jean Schulz persuaded Rolf Illsley, cofounder of Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. to donate $10,000. “We recognized we needed to give grants in order to get newspaper attention,” Schulz said. “We made four $1,500 grants, one in each of our areas of interest—arts, the environment, […]

Advisor Seminar Date

You don’t want to miss our upcoming Professional Advisor Seminar featuring Jeff Hamond, Vice President of Van Scoyoc Associates in Washington DC. Jeff will be speaking about the potential for tax reform in the 115th Congress and how some of the issues under discussion could impact philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Topics to be discussed […]

Summer Break!

In summer, we know you are reading things other than our Greater Good newsletters so the newsletter is taking a summer break for the month of July. Don’t fret, we will be back in August to get you ready for the school year and prepare for Fall. And in case you need inspiration for other […]

Change the World – Mentor

Mentors change the world. They empower success and support young people through their journey to reach their goals and dreams. They enable growth, connection, experiences and as 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County says, “They believe in their amazing students!” This past year, Beth Brown, CEO, and J Mullineaux, Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Community Foundation […]

Welcome Minal!

We here at Community Foundation Sonoma County are very excited to welcome our newest colleague, Minal Patel to our team (and it isn’t just because she brought us cookies on her first day!) Minal is our new Staff Accountant and will work side by side with Controller Jessica O’Connell and Office Administrator Rachel Harstad. Minal […]