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.


In 2019, Community Foundation and our donors made over $15 million in grants to the community, totaling over $225 million since 1983! To learn about our grant programs click here

Early Childhood Education Initiative: The First 5 Sonoma County Commission, in partnership with CFSC and the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, are collectively contributing to an Early Childhood Nonprofit Capacity Building program. This collaborative effort of multiple organizations is designed to enhance the sustainability of nonprofit organizations serving children ages 0-5 through technical assistance, training, and financial support.

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.

LGBTQI Giving Circle:We launched the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle in 2015 to strengthen Sonoma County through collective funding that nurtures and develops programs to benefit the LGBTQI community. In 2019, the Giving Circle became a Pride United chapter with United Way for the Wine Country.

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 Coffees: We strive to learn about, with, and for our community. Under Karin Demarest’s leadership, 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.

Donor Forums: We host periodic educational Greater Good forums for our donors to gather and learn more about topics that matter to them and to our community.