In 2014 the Community Foundation commissioned a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy called the Grantee Perception Report. The report surveyed our current grantees to get their honest feedback on how we were doing as grantmakers. We welcomed the thoughtful responses both positive and constructive...

The SAY Dream Center is open to provide housing, jobs and counselling to homeless youth! We couldn’t be prouder of SAY and Sonoma County for prioritizing the work of supporting youth and ensuring that the Dream Center become a reality. SAY has already welcomed some youth...

Stories create a common thread and understanding for families. Listen to Sharna Goldsecker, Executive Director of 21/64, share research and stories behind The Grandparent Legacy Project. The philanthropy podcast, Forward Thinking, explores how family narratives build a cohesive understanding of values for multiple generations. Both the story...

Philanthropist and community leader Marv Soiland’s legacy to Sonoma County is immeasurable. In addition to a business dynasty, he instilled a philanthropic value into both his family and community. Marv reminded everyone that it is critical to “give ten and save ten”.  By employing a...

Just four months after the devastating wildfires ravaged Lake County, community members are planning the next phase of recovery. Their determination to rebuild is supported by government, private and nonprofit resources. Earlier in January, Senator Mike McGuire announced that the new California state budget will include...

Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Kristin Nelson, experimented with her family recently. As part of a community read-along, her family followed the advice and recommendations of New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, in The Opposite of Spoiled in pursuit of raising her daughter, Poppy, as a generous and...

Inspired by the Press Democrat slide show of the most checked out library books in 2015, some of our board and staff have agreed to share a compelling book they read in 2015. Beth’s pick The Road to Character by David Brooks My favorite book always tends to...

Please join us for coffee and conversation with our Vice President for Programs, Karin Demarest. This is an opportunity to meet other community leaders and learn about Community Foundation Sonoma County. Click here for details and to register....

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