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 […]

Our Values

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we believe in the power of connecting people, ideas, and resources to benefit all who live here. There’s a small but critical word in that mission statement, one that deserves extra attention—all. As an organization that is deeply connected to this place and the people who call it home, we […]

A Parent’s Struggle Inspires

Mary Stompe’s high job satisfaction is rooted in a truly personal situation; her mother experienced what far too many seniors do. Mary explains, “My own mother, who had lived a middle class life in Marin, began a rapid downward spiral when my father died unexpectedly. She lost his pension, health and dental insurance, their house, […]

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 […]

Saving Families

Expecting their first child, saving for a first home and working as a preschool teacher, all seemed well with a young family until their daughter’s birth had complications. The couple, having no health insurance, used all their savings on medical bills. Then, after her husband lost his job and eventually walked out, never to return, […]

Philanthropic Wizard

Community Foundation Sonoma County couldn’t be more proud! We have always known that J Mullineaux is a Philanthropic Wizard but when the University of Washington inducted him into the Huskies’ Hall of Fame this October, they made it official. J was honored for his lifelong work in the philanthropic sector which includes raising over $400 […]

Hounded by the Political Season?

Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum! If pundits and politicos have left you spinning in recent weeks, re-adjust your wheels and head towards the Schulz Museum for a truly heart-warming and patriotic affair. Prepare to “oooh”, “ahhhh”, and wax nostalgic over the amazing factoids and memorabilia on display at the Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington […]

Child Parent Institute

“I’m at the end of my rope. Where do I turn?” A mother of four tries to improve herself through college studies while raising her kids with no help from their father. Child Parent Institute’s (CPI’s) in-home parent counseling services provides positive solutions resulting in a better home life. Sometimes parents need a time-out. A positive parenting […]

iREAD Grantees

We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the iREAD Competitive Grants Program. For more information click here. Significant research shows that reading aloud to children from day one is the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child enter kindergarten ready to succeed. In Sonoma County, […]

Latino Leadership

In 2015 the Community Foundation Sonoma County established the Latino Leadership Fund, recognizing the opportunity to act as a catalyst in building diverse leadership so that our future leaders reflect the demographics of the communities they are serving. Through the grants we make with this fund–and through our advocacy and support beyond our grantmaking–we seek […]