What’s New

Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s 2014 Economic Profile of the City of Sonoma
(April 2014)
The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) offers a profile of the City of Sonoma, including some comparisons with other county cities. You can see the complete profile by clicking on the link.  City of Sonoma Profile  You can download and review profiles for all of the cities in the county by going to the Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s website (http://edb.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1033&id=2040)

Ben Stone’s Presentation for the Opening Reception of Endow Sonoma Valley Month
(October 2012)
Ben Stone, Executive Director of the Sonoma Economic Development Board made a presentation at the Opening Reception of Endow Sonoma Valley Month. Click here to download the presentation(Note: this is a large file and may take a few moments to download).

Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s 2011 Indicators Report
(July 2011)
The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) offers an annual indicators report that outlines the state of our economy and community. This report measures the County’s progress over time and benchmarks Sonoma County’s performance to counties with similar economic and demographic attributes. The report specifically focuses on the local economy, environment, health, society, workforce and tourism sectors. Click here to read more.

Sonoma Valley Fund Announces 2011 Ellman Grants
(June 2011)
The Sonoma Valley Fund announced today that this year’s George and Phyllis Ellman grants, totaling $37,000, will be awarded to six Sonoma Valley non-profit organizations in support of projects fostering environmental awareness and specific environmental improvements… Click here to read more.click here.

Cygnus 2011 Donor Survey
The Cygnus 2011 Donor Survey (94 questions answered by 3474 respondents) provides some needed insight into where and how contributions to non-profits will be heading.  This is important reading for all non-profit development professionals.  Some of the highlights of the study include:

  • There is considerable optimism among respondents.  79% expect to give the same or more to charitable causes this year.
  • An increasing number of donors (29%) in the survey made contributions via the web in 2011.
  • The value of social media for fundraising is minimal today but is likely to be much more important soon.
  • Communications technology preferences continue to shift among donors of all ages with 69% now preferring electronic over print communication (even among the oldest donors).

Read more about trends in charitable giving in the 2011 Cygnus Survey.