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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...

Community Foundation Sonoma County is hosting a retreat for women nonprofit leaders.  The purpose of the retreat is to connect and reflect.  Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other women leaders both during and before and after the retreat to share ideas, insights,...

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,...

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan iteratively explore giving that is both impactful in the community and meaningful to them. Their recent $75 million gift to San Francisco General Hospital is “traditional” yet clearly resonated with Chan who did her medical residency there....

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...

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