The Philanthropic Planning Team loves to ask questions that help identify values, life experiences and knit people together. This recent blog post by Leslie Silverman on Philanthropy Northwest has the power to do the same thing. Ms. Silverman, highlights eight meaningful themes for each night of...

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...

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,...

During the month of November, Community Foundation Sonoma County staff recorded several gratitudes each day as part of an organization-wide exercise. We were instructed to reflect upon our day and jot down two – four people, experiences or things that we were grateful for and...

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,...

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...

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