Some organizations offer lavish parties or other year-end perks to their employees. At Community Foundation Sonoma County, the best perk for our staff is the opportunity to make grants to local nonprofits in our community which are personally meaningful to them.

While we have so many worthy and amazing organizations to support, each staff member thoughtfully (and not without difficultly) determined just one. This year, we wanted to share with you the list of organizations receiving the staff discretionary grants. (We love how diverse the list is!)


10,000 Degrees for general operating support

  • J Mullineaux, Vice President of Philanthropic Planning

Becoming Independent in support of the B.I. Arts Program

  • Rachel Harstad, Office Administrator

Chop’s Teen Club for general operating support

  • Karl Grimm, Vice President of Finance and Operations

Compassion Without Borders for general operating support

  • Karin Demarest, Vice President for Programs

Landpaths in support of Owl Camp

  • Kristin Nelson, Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help support research blood cancer treatments that help save lives

  • Jessica O’Connell, Controller

Petaluma Small Crafts Center for general operating support

  • Miguel Ruelas, Director of Philanthropic Advising

Planned Parenthood Santa Rosa for general operating support,

  • Nicole LeStrange, Philanthropic Planning Coordinator

Sonoma Land Trust for general operating support

  • Elly Grogan, Program Officer

Sonoma Overnight Support for general operating support

  • Annette Williams, Programs Coordinator

UCP of the North Bay for a fun activity for OADS clients

  • Leanna Edwards, Executive Assistant

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