Building Legacies

Sonoma Valley Fund’s unique role in our community as an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County is designed to take advantage of the Community Foundation’s sound investment management of donor funds and the gift planning expertise of its staff. Community Foundation Sonoma County has operated for 28 years and currently manages nearly $150 million in assets.

During its initial three years, the SVF has put in place an outstanding Board and Advisor Team comprised of community leaders; partnered with 15 nonprofits to develop endowment and legacy programs; and sponsored educational forums. SVF’s legacy program promises to exceed $3 million, and funds invested for our fifteen nonprofit partners exceed $2 million.

Sonoma Valley Fund Partners

An important part of our mission is to support our Partners and other Valley nonprofits in their development of endowment and legacy programs. The goal is to build a secure source of funds in the future so that the important services and good work in our community can continue.

“I have been a supporter of endowment giving for many years and serve on the Endowment Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. I am proud of the success of the committee and the 17 members of our Heritage Circle who have made endowment gifts or pledges. During 2010 a legacy gift of $100,000 was received.”

—Helen Fernandez

“Museums are places to let go of the everyday and let the imagination soar. If a single child comes into an exhibit and becomes inspired to come back again — or to value his or her own artistic senses — then we are doing something monumental. So it is with our Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. We want this place to be here for future generations — a small, but “smart” museum with the real intention and ability to inspire. What better way to make that happen than to partner with the Sonoma Valley Fund and join the SVMA Legacy Society?”

—Gerry Snedaker, Diane Krause, Kimberly and Simon Blattner

Caitlin Childs