Giving where we love

At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we are invested in the promise of Sonoma County and believe in the power of philanthropy to change communities. While many know us for our grantmaking programs, we also go beyond grants to play a wide variety of roles in creating philanthropic solutions to our region’s most pressing issues.

Our Community Impact

Belinda and Dean Soiland

Helping Donors Grow Their Philanthropy

  • CFSC has assets of more than $200 million in over 400 charitable funds created by individuals, families, community-based organizations, and businesses.
  • Since inception, CFSC has awarded grants totaling more than $275 million to charitable organizations throughout the county working in the arts, education, environment, health and human services, housing, and other nonprofit sectors.
  • Learn more about our philanthropic services for donors

Our Grantmaking

  • In addition to giving through a donor advised fund, donors can give directly to one of our Community Impact funds, which are stewarded by the grantmaking experts on our Community Impact Team.
  • Our Community Impact grant programs seek to address the most pressing needs of our community.
  • Programs focus on a wide variety of community needs, including: animal welfare, arts & culture, education, the environment, and health and human services.
  • Learn more about our grant programs

Community Resilience & Recovery

  • Launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund in 2017, Sonoma County’s only long-tern disaster recovery fund.
  • Resilience Fund focus areas include helping people impacted by disaster, healing the long-term impacts of trauma, creating housing solutions for our community, climate resilience, and community preparedness.
  • By the spring of 2022, our resilience grants total more than $16 million poured back into local nonprofits working to help our community to heal.
  • Learn more about our Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Beyond Grantmaking

  • Health Action: We serve on the Council and Cradle to Career Operations Team of this county-wide initiative to ensure equity and improved health for all Sonoma County residents.
  • Upstream Investments: We serve on the Policy, Portfolio Review, and Executive committees of Upstream Investments, an initiative sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to invest in and support evidence-based programs that focus on prevention in order to increase equality and reduce monetary and societal costs.
  • St. Joseph Health Community Benefit Committee: Vice President for Community Impact Karin Demarest serves on the advisory committee bringing the perspective of a local funder to help this important health care institution achieve its core values: compassion, dignity, justice, excellence and integrity.
  • Quarterly Coffee with CFSC: We strive to learn about, with, and for our community. We host quarterly gatherings to bring community leaders and nonprofit organizations together to share knowledge, learn about our grant making programs, and explore ways to work collaboratively.
Karin Demarest stands in front of a white board covered in sticky notes, she is arranging them into categories, including workforce, mental health, homelessness, nonprofits.
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