Sonoma Capacity Building Cohort – Year 3

We’ve heard the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for today; teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.” Nonprofit organizations live and breathe this mantra every day in their own work with clients. From helping teens build job skills, to connecting students who want to […]

Become a Catalyst

When Katherine Fulton and Katharine Kunst moved into their home in the heart of Sonoma, they knew this community was unique. They were charmed by its beauty and small town vibe. Katharine Kunst explains, “I love that it is so incredibly walkable. As an artist and a cook, I’m delighted to find a great art […]

2017 Annual Report

Click here to download our 2017 Annual Report As Sonoma Valley Fund moves into its 11th year, we celebrate the survival of most of our beautiful valley. We also squarely face the challenges of recovery and rebuilding from the devastating October firestorms. Thus, we are working, with our parent organization, Community Foundation Sonoma County (CFSC), […]

2016 Annual Report

Click here to download our 2016 Annual Report Dear Friends, Sonoma Valley Fund is now in its 10th year! We celebrate and thank all of the Fund’s founders – a dedicated group of Valley residents who had the vision, and who understood the need for championing philanthropy to strengthen our Sonoma Valley community. Since its […]

Inspire, Engage & Increase: Donors & Grantmaking

INSPIRE & ENGAGE DONORS Close to three hundred donors and guests attended Sonoma Valley Fund’s ninth annual Star Volunteer Awards at Cornerstone. Awards were presented to 22 volunteers who exemplify dedication to our nonprofit partner organizations. Many thanks to Ramekins for their refreshments and to Darius and Sarah Anderson for their hospitality at Cornerstone. INCREASE […]

Capacity Building Grants

Barry and Lorna Sheridan moved to Sonoma in 2006. It was their sixth move, criss-crossing the country, since getting married, thanks to Barry’s job as marketing executive in the wine business. They quickly fell in love with the Valley. “And now we never plan on leaving,” says Barry. Lorna is a reporter for the Sonoma […]

Increasing Grant Making

In the last four years, Community Foundation Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley Fund have given almost $1.8 million in grants and scholarships to Sonoma Valley recipients. The amount granted in 2015 decreased, but only because the amount given in two new grant areas. For open space and capacity building are back-loaded. Meaning a disproportionate share […]

Become a Catalyst

Libby and John Brady have long had a passion for helping young, high performing students in Sonoma Valley get to and through college. They and a small group of co-investors have turned that passion into a renewable scholarship program. Over the last 12 years, that program has provided top scholars the chance to achieve their […]

2015 Annual Report

Click here to download our 2015 Annual Report Dear Friends, As Sonoma Valley Fund approaches its 10th year, I am pleased to report that our all-volunteer organization continues to strengthen our community by: • Helping donors achieve their philanthropic goal • Bringing our community together to discuss important issues • Being excellent stewards by relentlessly […]

Community Building

The Sonoma Valley Fund launched its “Community Conversations” in April of 2015 with “Shaping Sonoma Valley 2030: Confronting the Myth of Paradise,” a dialogue with publisher, editor and journalist David Bolling, and Oscar Chavez, assistant director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. Katherine Fulton (SVF Board Member) moderated the evening. Our aim was […]