In The Media

Nonprofits should take heed (June 2017, Sonoma Index Tribune – Letter to the Editor) Earlier this month, the Sonoma Valley Fund released a report coming out of a study they commissioned to better understand the issues and challenges facing the Valley’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors (“Report: Sonoma Philanthropy Must Change,” May 16). The two main findings revealed: 1.) a disconnect between the scale of the challenges facing Sonoma Valley and the current capacity and capabilities of our local nonprofit sector; and 2.) a need to challenge donors and nonprofits alike to work smarter and more collaboratively. To read the full letter as written, click here.

Widening gap between rich and poor demands a response (June 2017, Press Democrat)  We have much to celebrate around here — a temperate climate, a beautiful landscape, stylish neighborhoods, first-class colleges, the cachet of living in a world-class wine region. People come from all over the world to visit — and we get to live here all the time. To read the full article, click here.

Editorial: Leadership in the Springs (June 2017, Sonoma Sun) The recent report by the Sonoma Valley Fund, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” underscores the reality of that metaphor. The report highlights the inadequacy of philanthropic efforts to meet the challenges presented by the endemic poverty concentrated in the Springs. It concludes, in part, “the way forward… requires community leaders to collaborate more so that solutions can be connected for greater impact.”  To read the full article, click here.

Editorial: New report eyes the forest of Sonoma Valley’s many branches of benevolence (May 2017, Sonoma Index/Tribune) “Mankind was my business – charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence were all my business!” – Marley’s ghost, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Charity, they say, begins at home.  And if home happens to be the Sonoma Valley – then it would appear one’s charitable community – a “home” with revenues of $113 million annually – rests on a firmly solid foundation.  But appearances can be deceiving. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley: Heaven or Hell? (May 2017, Sonoma SunPerhaps it’s a false dichotomy, this notion of Sonoma Valley as either Heaven or Hell, but Americans, after all, gravitate towards dichotomies: winners and losers, good and evil, villains and heroes, beauty and ugliness. To read the full article, click here.

Report: Sonoma Philanthropy Must Change (May 2017, Sonoma Index/Tribune) Sonoma Valley needs to rethink its benevolence. That’s chief among the conclusions of the Sonoma Valley Fund’s recently released, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sonoma Valley and the Charitable Sector that Serves Us” – a report examining whether the supply side of Sonoma Valley philanthropy lines up with demand. To read the full article, click here.

Philanthropy and Need: Oil and Water in Sonoma Valley? (May 2017, Nonprofit Quarterly) Charity is perceived by most today as a means to a more equal and just end. And while many nonprofit organizations strive to provide services and resources to alleviate economic, educational, health, and social disparities, some report that their portion of the $373 billion in charitable giving that the sector sees each year is not adequately keeping up with the simultaneously growing need in their communities.  To read the full article, click here.

Charity in a Changing World (May 2017, Sonoma Sun) Sonoma Valley’s nonprofit sector is surprisingly big but the needs it addresses are even bigger, according to a new study released by Sonoma Valley Fund. The report shows that nonprofits are challenged to serve a population that is growing, graying, diversifying and becoming less equal. To read the full article, click here.

Rymer Steps Down as Co-President of Sonoma Valley Fund (January 2017, Sonoma Sun) Joshua Rymer has stepped down as co-president of the Sonoma Valley Fund. Since it founding in 2007, Sonoma Valley Fund and its parent Community Foundation Sonoma County have distributed over $3 million in grants to Sonoma Valley nonprofits. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Star Volunteers (October 2016, Sonoma Sun) Sonoma Valley Fund honored outstanding volunteers from the fund’s partner organizations on Sunday with its annual Star Awards. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors 23 Valley Volunteers (October 2016, Sonoma Index Tribune)
More than 200 guests are expected to gather at Cornerstone on Sunday, Oct. 2, to celebrate Sonoma Valley’s most dedicated volunteers. The event, organized and sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, is held annually to honor exceptional volunteer service in the Valley. To read the full article, click here.

Nonprofits Earn ‘Capacity Building’ Grants (December 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Six Sonoma Valley nonprofits are expanding their capacities to work with other nonprofits, while increasing their own effectiveness – and are being rewarded much-needed grant support for those efforts. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Announces 2015 Capacity Building Grant Awards (November 2015, Sonoma Sun)
Sonoma Valley Fund, in conjunction with its parent, Community Foundation Sonoma County is proud to announce the six recipients of its 2015 Capacity Building Grant awards. The capacity-building grant program provides funding and technical assistance to organizations interested in committing time, energy and innovative thinking to increasing their organizational effectiveness. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Valley Volunteers (October 2015, Sonoma Sun)
More than 250 guests helped to celebrate 26 of the Valley’s top volunteers at Sonoma Valley Fun’s seventh annual event on Sunday.  The large and enthusiastic audience cheered as each of the volunteers came up to the stage to receive a beautiful star-shaped award and a Certificate of Appreciation from County Supervisor Susan Gorin. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Honors Volunteers of the Year (October 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
More than 250 guests gathered in Sonoma Ecology Center’s Garden Park on Sunday, Oct. 4 to celebrate Sonoma Valley’s most dedicated volunteers. The event, organized and sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, is held annually to honor exceptional volunteer service in the Valley. To read the full article, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Valley Volunteers (October 2015, Sonoma Sun)
More than 250 guests helped to celebrate 26 of the Valley’s top volunteers at Sonoma Valley Fund Annual Event on Sunday. This is the seventh year that Sonoma Valley Fund has hosted this event.  The large and enthusiastic audience cheered as each of the volunteers came up to the stage to receive a beautiful star-shaped award and a Certificate of Appreciation from County Supervisor Susan Gorin. To read more, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Valley Volunteers (September 2015)
More than 250 guests are expected to come the Sonoma Ecology Center’s Garden Park on Sunday, October 4th from 3 to 5pm to celebrate Sonoma Valley’s most precious volunteers. The event, organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, is to honor volunteer service in the Valley. To read more, click here.

Survey says: Sonomans name their priorities (June 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sustainable water, opportunities for youth, affordable housing, relations with the Latino community and the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center are the five issues that Sonoma residents care most about, according to a survey conducted this spring by the Sonoma Valley Fund. To read more, click here.

Water Tops the List of Critical Issues in Community Conversations Series Survey (June 2015)

In late April over 150 people crowded Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at the invitation of Sonoma Valley Fund to discuss an array of issues concerning the future of the Valley and it’s roughly 40,000 residents. Based on the input received at the meeting, the Fund designed a survey to gather additional input and to begin to shape and prioritize next steps. Those survey results are in, and while they do not constitute a fully representative view of Valley residents, they are valuable nevertheless and helpful in understanding the concerns and interests of our community. Perhaps not surprisingly, the issue rated as the most important by the vast majority of survey respondents was “Creating a Sustainable Water Resource” for the Valley. To read more, click here.

What is Sonoma Valley’s future? Survey says… (May 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
If you think Sonoma Valley is some kind of paradise, think again. It’s an increasingly divided community, with extremes in income, education, quality of living and even life expectancy, sometimes within a few miles of one another. Such were the findings of “A Portrait of Sonoma County,” a study issued last year by the county’s Department of Health Services.  To read more, click here.

Sustainability…. What does it mean? (April 2015, Sonoma Sun)
Several Sonoma residents share their concepts of ‘sustainability’ including Joshua Rymer, Sonoma Valley Fund President.  To read more, click here.

What Price Paradise? (April 2015, Sonoma Sun)
The Sonoma Valley Fund launches its “Community Conversations” series April 27 with “Shaping Sonoma Valley 2030: Confronting the Myth of Paradise,” a dialogue with journalist David Bolling, Katherine Fulton, the head of Deloitte Consulting’s social sector practice, and Oscar Chavez, assistant director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. To read more, click here.

Sonoma Gets Gabbing at New Speaker Series (April 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Everyone likes good company and lively conversation – so how about an evening of those for the entire community?  That’s what the Sonoma Valley Fund is offering with its new Community Conversations – an ongoing series of events meant to spark a dialogue among Sonoma residents. To read more, click here.

Every Day is Earth Day as SEC Celebrates 25th Year (April 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune)
The winter of 1989 was a particularly memorable time for Sonoma resident Richard Dale. The Bay Area had just been rattled by the Loma Prieta earthquake, the full impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill was only just coming to light and leading environmentalists were starting to whisper concerns over a strange phenomenon they called “global warming.” To read more, click here.

Sonoma Valley Fund Welcomes Six Community Leaders to its Board (January 2015, Sonoma Index Tribune) Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, has elected six new community leaders to its board: Ted Eliot, Katherine Fulton, Arthur Grandy, Maite Iturri, Peg Van Camp and Judy Young.  “This is an incredibly impressive group of people who are well versed in philanthropy and deeply involved in our community.  Each of these new board members will be invaluable resources for Sonoma Valley Fund and all of our nonprofit partners”, says Joshua Rymer, Sonoma Valley Fund’s President. To read more, click here.

$100K Grant Supports Mental Health Services for Sonoma Valley (December 2014, Sonoma Sun, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, in conjunction with its parent, Community Foundation Sonoma County are proud to announce a $100K grant to the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center for the purpose of growing and sustaining behavioral and mental health treatment services for the Springs community.  This grant was made possible based on the generosity of Roland and Hazel Todd who left a significant bequest to the Sonoma Valley community.

How to Give When You Go (November 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune Editorial)
We can leave a gift to our community in our estate plans to be administered by the Sonoma Valley Fund, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to putting those legacy gifts to use for the preservation of all those things we love about Sonoma Valley. The fund supports more than 20 Sonoma Valley nonprofits so they can continue their good work here.

October is Endow Sonoma Valley Month (October 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Banners are up around the Plaza again this year reminding everyone that October is Endow Sonoma Valley Month.  This is the third year that Sonoma Valley Fund, in conjunction with the City of Sonoma, has proclaimed October as the month when we remind residents to include Sonoma Valley nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries of their estate.

County Report Paints Portrait of Valley (September 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
In recent years, Sonoma has been recognized by one or another reviewing entity as the nation’s first Citta Slow city, one of America’s friendliest cities, one of its most romantic cities, a best Fourth of July city, and on and on.

Behind the Valley ‘portrait’ Editorial (September 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
If the Sonoma Valley were a person under psychiatric care, the diagnosis might well be some form of dissociative identity disorder, a personality split between dramatic extremes.

Report Offers Snapshot of Valley (September 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Policymakers and others interested in comparing the well being of Sonoma Valley residents neighborhood-by-neighborhood, now have an easy tool to do so: “A Portrait of Sonoma County.”

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Volunteers (September 2014, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sonoma Index Tribune)
More than 200 guests gathered at the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Sunday, September 14th to honor and salute the top volunteers in the Valley. Read More

Sonoma Valley Fund Grants $128K to Valley Nonprofits (June 2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, granted $128,000 to three Valley nonprofits. These grants are made possible by the generosity of Roland and Hazel Todd, who left a generous bequest to the Foundation. Read More

Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation Honors SVF Board Member Kimberly Blattner (May  2014, Sonoma Index Tribune)
The annual Pulse Award, given each year by the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, honors outstanding Sonoma Valley women who have made significant contributions to the community through their volunteerism, community involvement and philanthropy. Read More

Sonoma Valley Fund and Nonprofit Partners Benefit From This Year’s Gran Fondo: “Ride to Revel”
(April  2014, Sonoma Valley SunSonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, and its twenty-two nonprofit partners have been named the charitable beneficiaries of this year’s Sonoma Gran Fondo bicycling event, Ride to Revel.  This year’s event will be held on April 26th and starts in Sonoma Plaza.  Expect riders from around the Bay Area to participate and 16 volunteers from Sonoma Valley Fund and our nonprofit partners will assist as volunteers. Read More

Sonoma Valley Fund Names Five New Directors
(January 2014, Sonoma Index TribuneSonoma Valley Sun)
The Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, has named five community leaders to its board of directors: Barbara Hughes, Penney Magrane, Valerie Pistole, Mandy Bolling and Richard Dale. Read more

Todd Trust feted for dental van donation (January 2014Sonoma Index Tribune)
In celebration of a $100,000 challenge grant that helped St. Joseph Health sustain and expand mobile dental care in Sonoma Valley and other areas in Sonoma County, representatives of St. Joseph Health, Wednesday, hosted a gathering at Burbank Housing’s Springs Village apartments to thank representatives of the Hazel and Roland Todd Trust for helping to fund St. Joseph’s new, upgraded mobile dental clinic.

Volunteer Stars of our Valley
(October 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune Editorial)
There is clearly something peculiar, abnormal, perhaps even mysterious about the behavior of otherwise rational people in this Valley.  To an extent that exceeds simple generosity and transcends everyday acts of kindness, we appear to be a community determined to take ownership of the social, educational, cultural and recreational needs of our residents, especially those in need.

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Star Volunteers from 22 Non-Profits
More than 200 guests gathered in the courtyard of Sonoma Valley Hospital on Sunday, October 6th to honor and salute 25 amazing volunteers in the Valley.  The event was organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County.  Read more

$100K Todd Trust Grant Helps Make Sonoma Valley Community Health Center a Reality
(August 2013)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, are pleased to announce a $100,000 grant from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust to the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center. The grant will help the Health Center close escrow on its new, planned facility on Highway 12.  Read more

Enlighted Philanthropy
(August 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
The recent gift of $100,000 from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust to the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center reflects not only a generous, timely and wise investment in the Valley’s health care future, but also an important insight into an inspiring model of philanthropy.

Todd Trust Grant Awarded to Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
(July 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, are pleased to announce a $31,300 grant from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust to the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.  Read more

Latest Todd Trust Grants Awarded
(May 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
In 2011, Community Foundation Sonoma County, and its affiliate Sonoma Valley Fund, began awarding grants from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust, a large bequest gifted to the Community Foundation to support the health and well-being of residents in Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County.  Read more

Patients, health center strike deal
(March 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Citizen power was put to the test – and succeeded – after dissatisfied patients were able to enact change at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center following a series of often emotional meetings that surfaced serious consumer dissatisfaction.  The two sides found common ground once they took the time to hear each other.  Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Endow Sonoma Valley Month Increases Legacy Gift Commitments Across the Valley
(March 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund’s campaign in 2012 to endow Sonoma Valley’s nonprofit charitable organizations achieved a 95% increase in legacy gift commitments to Sonoma Valley nonprofits.  Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Announces Record Grantmaking During 2012
(January 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, announced today that more than $400,000 was granted to Valley non-profits from the Community Foundation in 2012. Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names Four Community Leaders to its Board
(January 2013, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, has elected Kimberly Blattner, Suzanne Brangham, Dennis Collins, and Bill Lynch to its Board of Directors.  Read more

Community Foundation Sonoma County, Parent Organization of the Sonoma Valley Fund, Announces New President and CEO
(November 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County, parent organization of the local Sonoma Valley Fund, is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth (Beth) Brown as its new President and CEO. Beth Brown, a former executive at the Marin Community Foundation, was chosen following a nationwide search and succeeds Barbara Hughes, who announced in March that she would retire at year’s end. Brown will join Community Foundation Sonoma County in January. Read more

Leaving a Lasting Legacy
(October 2012Sonoma Valley Sun)
BJ Bischoff writes: By now, you have likely seen the banners all around the Plaza and read the announcements in the paper. You may have even received an email or a personal invitation from your favorite nonprofit organization to attend an event to introduce you to philanthropic legacy giving. This publicity is all about the first-ever Endow Sonoma Valley Month, the Sonoma Valley Fund’s month-long campaign to encourage all Valley residents to make a legacy gift commitment to one or more local nonprofits. Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names Long-time Educator and Foundation Executive as its Newest Board Member
(October 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley resident Dennis Collins has joined the Board of Sonoma Valley Fund.  Mr. Collins has earned an international reputation as an educator, development professional and foundation executive.  “Dennis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board,” says Barbara Young, Sonoma Valley Fund President.  “He has a deep understanding of current issues facing our community and will be an invaluable resource to the Sonoma Valley Fund and all of our nonprofit partners.”  Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund to Host Legacy Giving Workshop for Valley Nonprofits
(September 2012 Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, announced today that as a part of its Endow Sonoma Valley Fund activities, a workshop will be held for all Valley nonprofits interested in developing a legacy giving program for their organizations.  The workshop will be held at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Tuesday evening, October 16th at 5pm.  All Valley nonprofit board members, directors, staff and volunteers are invited to attend.  Read more

Ben Stone to Keynote Endow Sonoma Valley Opening Event
(September 2012, Sonoma Index TribuneSonoma Valley SunKenwood Press)
Sonoma Valley Fund announced today that the month of October has been designated “Endow Sonoma Valley Month.”  Endorsed by both Sonoma County and the City of Sonoma, the initiative seeks to increase awareness and participation of Valley residents in planned giving, an increasingly important component of the overall funding picture for Sonoma Valley’s frontline charities.  Read more

Schools of Hope Program Offers Early Reading Help
(August 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
The Community Foundation of Sonoma County, in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Fund, has awarded United Way of the Wine Country with a grant to bring Schools of Hope, an acclaimed early-reading intervention program, to five schools in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Schools of Hope connects local volunteers with first-graders who need extra reading support. It will launch this fall in partnership with the school district and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Read more

Second Round of Todd Trust Grants Awarded
(July 2012, Sonoma SunSonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, are pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust.  The Todds entrusted the Community Foundation to steward their legacy, to improve the quality of life and well-being of those who live in Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County, more generally.  Read more

2012 Ellman Grants Announced
(July 2012, Sonoma Sun)
Sonoma Valley Fund announced today that this year’s George and Phyllis Ellman grants, totaling $29,000, will be awarded to five Sonoma Valley non-profit organizations in support of projects fostering environmental awareness and specific environmental improvements.  A sixth grant will be made to the Sonoma Classical Music Society to support classical music performances in Sonoma Valley, a particular interest of Mr. and Mrs. Ellman. Read more

Jump-Start for Sonoma Students
(June 2012, Press Democrat)
When Valerie Garcia was first encouraged to attend Transitions summer school program for kids about to enter middle school in the Sonoma Valley School District, she thought she was in trouble. Garcia was among the 80 students hand-selected by teachers as having struggled in elementary school and encouraged to attend the voluntary Transitions summer school program geared toward giving incoming sixth-graders a boost before middle school.  Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Legacy Donors
(June 2012Sonoma Sun, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, will host a special reception on June 29th to honor more than 150 Sonoma residents who have committed to leaving a portion of their estates to designated non-profit organizations serving the broad Sonoma Valley community. Read more

First Todd Trust Grants Awarded
(May 2012, Sonoma Sun)
The first of a series of grants from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust have been awarded according to Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund.  The Todds were devoted to Sonoma County, and Sonoma Valley more specifically, so the organizations that were awarded these grants help to honor their legacy while providing critical support to the people that they serve. Read more

Todd Trust Supports Health, Open Space
(May 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Valley residents Roland and Hazel Todd are ensuring their generous legacy lives on with the $8.5 million Todd Trust, intended to support health care, open spaces and under-funded government services, particularly in Boyes Hot Springs. The first round of grants, authorized by the Sonoma Valley Fund, under the auspices of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, were announced last week. Read more

Pair to Aid Springs with Health, Human Services
(March 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its local Affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, announce the selection of Susan Shaw and Davin Cardenas to undertake community development work in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley to increase access to health and human services for residents. Their engagement in the Springs will help the Community Foundation move forward with its current work there, which began with a bequest from Roland and Hazel Todd in 2010. Read more

Sonoma….We Have a Problem
(March 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune, Sonoma Valley Sun)
Sonoma Valley Fund Board Member, Steve Pease, wrote this Op Ed piece describing the desparate need for enrichment programs in Sonoma Valley Schools and what Sonoma Valley Fund and others have done about it over the past years with the Youth Initiative.  Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative Finds a New Home
(January 2012, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Fund’s highly successful Summer Youth Initiative, launched two years ago in the wake of the tragic, violent death of a teenage boy at Maxwell Park, has found a new home within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names New Officers
(January 2012, Sonoma Valley Sun)
Barbara Young has been elected President of Sonoma Valley Fund.  Joining her, as newly elected executive officers are Joshua Rymer as Vice President and Tom Haeuser as Secretary and Treasurer… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names New Board Members
(December 2011, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Two Sonoma Valley residents with extensive national and international business experience have joined the Board of Sonoma Valley Fund.  They are Manuel R. Merjil and Susan Hoeffel… Read more

Whitney Evans Named Sonoma Alcalde
(December 2011, Sonoma Index Tribune)
Longtime Sonoma Valley volunteer leader (and Sonoma Valley Fund Founder, Past President and President Emeritus) Whitney Evans was named the 2012 Sonoma alcalde after being nominated by Mayor Joanne Sanders during Monday night’s City Council meeting… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Volunteers
(October 2011, Sonoma Index Tribune)
More than 250 guests attended Sonoma Valley Fund’s third annual Star Volunteer Awards on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Hanna Boys Center to recognize 23 individuals and teams for their community service. Sonoma Valley Fund’s 21 nonprofit partners selected their recipients… Read more

Legacy Giving Op-Ed
(September 2011, Sonoma Index Tribune)
There was a time when only the very wealthy went beyond their immediate family and perhaps an alma mater, to include gifts to local charities in their wills.  Well, times are changing. Legacy giving has been democratized and what was once the exclusive domain of the Rockefellers and DuPonts now includes the Smiths, the Joneses and millions of other proud American families… Read more

Building Strength Through Strong Donor Relationships
(September 2011, Sonoma Valley Sun)
Sonoma Valley Fund President Harriet Derwingson is quoted in this article which discusses best practices for non-profit donor relationships. “It is far better for members of a nonprofit organization’s leadership team to spend time planning ways to build a strong relationship with a donor than it is for them to plan how to get a donor or prospective donor to give money to their organization.” Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative Summer Program is a Winner
(August 2011)
Members of the Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, are thrilled with results from this year’s Youth Initiative Summer Program, designed to help smooth the transition into middle and high school for local students and to provide healthy summer experiences for youths from low-income families. Read more

Rabobank Underwrites Sonoma Valley Fund’s Annual Community Celebration
(August 2011Sonoma Valley Sun)
Cathy Gorham, vice president and manager of Rabobank’s Sonoma branch, presented a check to Whitney Evans (Past President) and Harriet Derwingson (President), both of Sonoma Valley Fund to underwrite the Fund’s Annual Community Celebration… Read more

Springs Area is Focus for Todd Trust Grants
(August 2011 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Community Foundation Sonoma County and its affiliate, the Sonoma Valley Fund, have announced that the health and well-being of residents in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley will be the initial focus of upcoming grants from the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative Contributes to “Making Summer School Relevant”
(July 2011 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Summer school is no longer the dreaded bore it once was for many Sonoma Valley students, thanks to Lyndsey Munn and Andrew Ryan, both teachers at local middle schools. Educating and entertaining 81 eighth graders and 93 fifth graders was no easy task, but it was accomplished this summer through a mixture of field trips and relatable classroom lessons… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Announces 2011 Ellman Grants
(June 2011 – Sonoma Index Tribune and July 2011 – Kenwood Press)
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… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative Announces Grants
(June 2011 – Sonoma Sun and Sonoma Index Tribune)
The Sonoma Valley Fund announced today that its Youth Initiative Council would provide grants totaling $36,500 to two important summer programs for Sonoma youth… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names 3 New Board Memebers
(April 2011 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Joe Aaron and Scott Smith of Sonoma, and Joshua Rymer of Glen Ellen, three Sonoma Valley residents with extensive national and international business experience, have joined the board of the Sonoma Valley Fund this week…Read more

After School Enrichment Coordinator Selected for Sonoma Program
(December 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Lyndsey Munn has been hired by the Sonoma Valley Unified School District to serve as the Coordinator for the After School Enrichment Program for Adele Harrison Middle School (AHMS)… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Recognizes Volunteer “Stars” For the Second Year
(July 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
More than two hundred guests attended the Sonoma Valley Fund’s second annual volunteer recognition awards, held this year at the Bouverie Preserve of the Audubon Canyon Ranch. Sonoma Valley Fund (SVF) hosted sixteen Sonoma Valley nonprofit partners… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Announces 2010 Ellman Grants
(July 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
The third round of grants from the George and Phyllis Ellman Fund, under the auspices of the Sonoma Valley Fund, was awarded this year to… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Clarifies Funding of Summer Program
(June 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
I was delighted to see the article “Summer School with a twist” by Bill Hoban on June 22nd.  As the article mentioned, the school district is getting $26,000 from the Sonoma Valley Fund to pay for eight curriculum-based study trips, bring in expert coach teachers for science and art, and hire high school mentors… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative Announces $32,000 in Summer Grants
(June 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
This spring, the Coordinating Council for Youth Development in Sonoma (CCYDS), responsible for overseeing and implementing the Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative, launched two programs to support the youth of Sonoma Valley… Read more

Council Members, Council Executive Named for Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative
(April 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Dick Drew, Sonoma Valley Fund’s Chair of the Coordinating Council for Youth Development in Sonoma (CCYDS, pronounced KIDS) announced that the following education and community leaders committed to Valley youth efforts will join him as Council members… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Names New Officers
(January 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Founding Board President Whitney Evans has announced a new leadership team for the Sonoma Valley Fund (SVF), effective January 1, 2010. Stepping into the role of President is Harriet Derwingson. Dave Stollmeyer will serve as Vice President and Tom Haeuser as Secretary/Treasurer… Read more

Dick Drew to Head Sonoma Valley Fund’s Youth Initiative
(January 2010 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
Richard (Dick) Drew, long-time educator and school administrator, has been tapped by the Sonoma Valley Fund as Chair of its new Coordinating Council for Youth Development in Sonoma (CCYDS, pronounced KIDS)… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Recognizes Volunteer “Stars”
(July 2009 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
It was a perfect summer afternoon, the cooling breeze arriving just in time to lift the heat of the day, when for the first time, special stars appeared against the Valley sky. The Sonoma Valley Fund launched its new volunteer recognition awards, Sonoma Valley Stars, on Sunday, at its annual celebration… Read more

2009 Ellman Fund Grants Announced
(July 2009 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
The second round of grants from the George and Phyllis Ellman Fund, under the auspices of the Sonoma Valley Fund, were awarded this year… Read more

Sonoma Valley Fund Underwrites Gang Prevention Forums
(December 2007 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
The Sonoma Valley Fund, responding to the critical issue of gang violence, has stepped forward to help underwrite the continuation of forums on gang prevention…  Read more

New Sonoma Valley Fund Awards First Grants
(July 2007 -Sonoma Index Tribune)
The Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, has awarded seven new grants to local Valley organizations totaling $22,000…  Read more

New Fund Seeks Sonoma Valley Charitable Groups to Apply for New Grant $
(April 2007 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
The Sonoma Valley Fund, a newly established affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, invites local Sonoma Valley charitable organizations to apply for one of their two new grants… Read more

Sonoma Valley Citizens Open New Local Endowment Fund
(December 2006 – Sonoma Index Tribune)
To help ensure a permanent source of funds for Sonoma Valley charitable organizations, Community Foundation Sonoma County is pleased to announce the establishment of its newest affiliate, The Sonoma Valley Fund… Read more