Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Sonoma County Resilience Fund: Progress to Date

Updated 11/15/17

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!

Emergency Grants

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.

Resilient Together

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.

Our Process:

  • A convening at the end of November with over 175 nonprofits and philanthropic leaders to discuss funding opportunities and emerging needs
  • A survey of nonprofit organizations to collect detailed information about what organizational needs the nonprofits have to meet the demand for services
  • A survey of funders to map the landscape of funding and ensure there is no duplication of resources; this survey will be shared with all participating funders
  • Ongoing participation in key community initiatives to ensure that we are listening to the voices of those who need resources the most
  • Collaboration with a diverse range of leaders and agencies to ensure strong communication and share what we’re learning about community needs and opportunities
  • Vetting nonprofit agencies to ensure that our funds support the most effective organizations and evidence-based programs
  • Working with an evaluation consultant to ensure that our funds are strategically supporting an equitable recovery and rebuilding process with greatest possible impact

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.

You can quickly and easily support the nonproft Resilience Fund in the following ways:

  • Donate online to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.
  • Mail a check to Community Foundation Sonoma County, 120 Stony Point Rd., Suite 220, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Please indicate “Sonoma County Resilience Fund” in the memo line.
  • Transfer stock or securities; contact a Philanthropic Advisor to begin the process.