Hispanics in Philanthropy Gala

At the recent Hispanics in Philanthropy gala in Sonoma, 32 Latino philanthropists and community leaders from across the United States were honored for their generosity and unrivaled community spirit. One of the HIPGiver awardees was our very own Oscar Chavez, who serves on our Board of Directors.  We celebrate Oscar’s well-deserved recognition for his dedication […]

Dream Big, SAY!

The SAY Dream Center is open to provide housing, jobs and counselling to homeless youth! We couldn’t be prouder of SAY and Sonoma County for prioritizing the work of supporting youth and ensuring that the Dream Center become a reality. SAY has already welcomed some youth to their new apartments at the Dream Center and […]

Missing Marv

Philanthropist and community leader Marv Soiland’s legacy to Sonoma County is immeasurable. In addition to a business dynasty, he instilled a philanthropic value into both his family and community. Marv reminded everyone that it is critical to “give ten and save ten”.  By employing a tithing model, Marv felt we should all give the first […]

ABC’s of DAF’s

Community Foundation Sonoma County sat down with Vice President, Philanthropic Planning J Mullineaux to discuss donor advised funds. What is a Donor Advised Fund? A donor advised fund (DAF) is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity such as the Community Foundation. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax […]

Happier Holidays

The frenzy of the holidays can detract from the joy and generosity that is the season’s hallmark. Stepping back for perspective just got easier with Lisa Parker’s fun philanthropic guide for families at the holidays, “The Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays”. Ritual, storytelling, memory-making, volunteerism, “good gifting” and pausing in the moment, promotes philanthropy […]

Weaving a Future for the County

“I’ll always remember a girl at my grade school who only had one dress. That just blew my mind. My family was in the retail business so I had a wonderful wardrobe and she had just one dress. I have never forgotten that and I never will,” says Julia Grant. Ms. Grant did not come […]

Geographic Giving

Do you give close to home? You aren’t alone. Some donors give locally to build and grow something that they can connect to over time. Others are driven by community needs that they can identify in their own backyard. Still others are passionate about a cause, organization, or leader which drives them to donate and […]

Learn like a Billionaire

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan iteratively explore giving that is both impactful in the community and meaningful to them. Their recent $75 million gift to San Francisco General Hospital is “traditional” yet clearly resonated with Chan who did her medical residency there.

National Impact of Giving Circles

Nationally, giving circles are on the raise. Members rewarding experiences enhance more than “just philanthropy”. The New York Times highlights the positive impact for members as well as local nonprofits and community leaders touched by these groups. For even more information about giving circles, download this study on the impact of giving circles on members.

The Opposite of Spoiled

Our holiday reading list includes a gem about raising generous children. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by New York Times financial columnist Rob Lieber takes the sting out of talking to kids about money. Lieber advocates for families to strategically “save, spend, and give” as a […]