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, […]

#ReasonForHope

Every American generation must face defining moments. We are facing one now. The recent killings of people and police officers in communities across the country have stirred feelings of discord and despair, and left Americans wondering how we’ll find a way forward. Yet America has faced many such moments before, and found a path towards […]

Building Leadership

What happens when 15 of Sonoma County’s most interesting women nonprofit leaders get together? A lot of laughter and support bubbles out of the room. Partnerships and friendships are formed. Ideas and best practices are generously shared. A circle of support is created. In February, Community Foundation Sonoma County convened women leaders from Sonoma’s nonprofit […]

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 […]

LGBTQI Giving Circle

The LGBTQI Giving Circle of Community Foundation Sonoma County has recently made 5 grants to non-profit organizations that serve the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) residents of the region. The special grants were made through a collaborative group of people who launched the LGBTQI Giving Circle in April 2014 to […]

Canine Companions

Imagine not being able to open a door, answer the phone, hear a fire alarm or even pick up a pencil. Think what it would be like to have people stare at you because you’re in a wheelchair or to feel isolated and, alone because you’re “different.” These are the kinds of challenges many people […]