About the Resilience Fund

In the weeks following the deadly wildfires that started on October 8, 2017 and continued to burn through October 31, it became clear very quickly that the scale of this fire was like no other, devastating the lives, homes, and businesses of tens of thousands of residents overnight. For our community to recover, support would be needed for many years to come.

With this in mind, Community Foundation Sonoma County immediately established the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, a disaster fund addressing our community’s mid- to long-term recovery needs.

The Resilience Fund is the largest long-term recovery fund in Sonoma County. To identify where our support will be needed most, our grantmaking team engaged in a comprehensive community needs assessment, including meetings with hundreds of local nonprofit leaders, surveys to over 450 nonprofit organizations across Sonoma and Napa counties, and interviews with foundations in New Orleans, Houston, San Diego, and other areas impacted by disasters. Based on this work, the Foundation has identified three key areas of greatest need:



individuals impacted by the fires



the long-term effects of trauma



solutions for our community


You can quickly and easily support the nonprofit Resilience Fund in the following ways:

  • Donate online to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.
  • Mail a check to Community Foundation Sonoma County, 120 Stony Point Rd., Suite 220, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Please indicate “Sonoma County Resilience Fund” in the memo line.
  • Transfer stock or securities; contact a Philanthropic Advisor to begin the process.
    To learn about more ways to give, contact us.

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to Sonoma County.


Grants Made

Our Progress

To learn more about how the Resilience Fund is helping our community, please visit our progress page for reports on our research and community impact through grants.

If you have questions about the Resilience Fund, please contact us

Karin Demarest

Karin Demarest

Vice President for Community Impact