We’re grateful for your support of our community as we begin to recover and rebuild from the devastating fires of October 2017. We’ll be updating this page frequently with our progress as we continue to fundraise and begin to develop our grantmaking strategy for the Resilience Fund.
If there is a bright spot in the midst of the devastation our community has suffered, it is the incredible outpouring of generosity of people from across the country. To date we’ve raised over $8 million for the Resilience Fund, and we continue to raise more every day. Our recent gifts include a $700,000 contribution from Genentech!
As the fires raged through our county last month, it became very clear that a number of nonprofits were very much on the front lines of the relief effort and needed immediate resources to provide shelter, food, and other basic needs to people displaced by the fires. In response we provided emergency grants of over $300,000 to help these nonprofits meet the demand for services. Recipients included 4C’s (Community Childcare Council), California Human Development, Catholic Charities, Ceres Community Project, Community Action Partnership, La Luz, Petaluma People Service Center, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma Humane Society, UndocuFund for Fire Relief, and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County.
With the support of the many donors who have generously contributed to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, the Community Foundation Sonoma County is currently in the beginning stages of designing our grant-making strategy. As funders with 34 years of grant-making experience in Sonoma County, we will conduct a strong due diligence process to identify and support the most effective organizations to address community needs.
Who We Will Support
Our nonprofits provide critical services across the county, from shelter and long-term housing, to economic and rental assistance, legal services, education, healthcare, and more. These nonprofits will be supporting fire victims directly and will need the capacity to grow their services to meet the need. Our funds will support these nonprofits who are providing direct services to those impacted by the fires. Through all of our grant-making we strive to also address issues of disparity in our community. Many low-income families and individuals were already struggling to make ends meet in Sonoma County before this disaster struck, and we are committed to supporting those who need our resources the most.