Donor Newsletter

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...

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...

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...

Social Security changes may affect us all. Are you discussing these changes? At a recent seminar for professional advisors hosted by the Community Foundation, Stephanie Curry, from Pacific Life, presented an overview of Social Security which knocked the socks off our advisor partners. It was so...

Melissa Kelley, Co-founder of Impact 100 Redwood Circle is just about to lead more than 125 members through the process of making a $100,000 impact grant. This is a phenomenal accomplishment considering the new giving circle began earlier this year. Melissa was generous with her...

Community Foundation Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley Fund knows how to throw a party! This year, they have celebrated 26 of the communities brightest volunteers through their Star Volunteer awards. Volunteers were included from many - if not most - of the valley's nonprofit organizations. A list...

Ty Cobb’s strategic approach to giving contradicts everything we know of him. His journey to assess the needs of a community, perform due diligence, and set specific and personal giving criteria preceded many other philanthropists in his time. Today, we recall Ty Cobb as a fierce...

Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Investment Advisory Committee developed a new investment strategy for the Long-Term Pool. The changes went into effect at the end of June 2015. The goal of the changes is to improve transparency and communication, eliminate the portfolio tracking error, and reduce investment...

A library in the Roseland is no longer a dream. With a matching gift from the Community Foundation Sonoma County and Foundation donors, $40,000 has been raised to secure a temporary library in a neighborhood with limited access to books, community spaces, and research opportunities. The...

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