May 2015
Nonprofit Newsletter
In This Issue
Sonoma Valley Fund Re-Launches Grants Programs
Did You Miss Last Week's Community Conversations Launch?
Kimberly Blattner Chairs SVF's Outreach Committee
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Welcome to the Sonoma Valley Fund Nonprofit Newsletter.  Periodically we will use this newsletter to communicate items of particular interest to our Executive Directors and Board Members of Nonprofit in Sonoma Valley. 

If you would like to contribute to future newsletters, send your article to Joshua Rymer.

We'd appreciate any feedback you have on both the content and the form of these types of communications.  Also, if you would like us to add any of the other people on your staff or on your Board to the mailing list, please just let us know.

Sonoma Valley Fund Re-Launches Grants Programs


Sonoma Valley Fund, in conjunction with our parent, Community Foundation Sonoma County, has re-launched its grants program.  Over the course of three years, the Sonoma Valley Grants Committee has plans to recommend a total of over $1M in grants  thanks to the generosity of our donors, Roland and Hazel Todd. Note: Grants programs are open to all nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley that meet the specified criteria for each grants program.


Sonoma Valley Fund is launching two grants programs:

Health and Human Services Grants Program

Sonoma Valley Fund will launch a three-year Health and Human Services grants program in 2015 which will support non-profits in the Valley whose mission is to provide services for the sick, needy, and elderly. This will be a competitive grants program with all nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley invited to participate.  Detailed criteria for this competitive grants program will be posted in early August on Sonoma Valley Fund's website.  

Application Timeline

  • August 3rd, 2015: Grants information will be posted to Sonoma Valley Fund's website
  • August 28, 2015: Grants workshop (location TBD)
  • September 7, 2015: Grant application opens
  • October 12, 2015: Grant application closes
  • November 18, 2015: Applicants informed of grant awards

How to Apply

A link for submitting online grant applications will be available on both Sonoma Valley Fund and Community Foundation Sonoma County websites. The application will be available here on September 7, 2015.


Over the course of three years, we expect to make grants in excess of $375K based on this program.


Open Space Grants Program 

Sonoma Valley Fund will launch a second grant making program in 2016 specifically geared toward open space, land and trail acquisition.  Stay tuned for more information about this funding area which will be posted on Sonoma Valley Fund's website in late 2015. 


Addition Information/Questions?

Please visit our website if you have additional questions about Sonoma Valley Fund Grant Programs.  If the question you have isn't answered above or on our website, please email Karin Demarest at email.

Did You Miss Last Week's Community Conversations Launch? 


Sonoma Valley Fund launched a new series of Community Conversations on April 27th at the Sonoma Community Center, Andrews Hall to a full house.  The evening featured David Bolling and Oscar Chavez in conversation  with Katherine Fulton.  This first event drew on data and audience participation to create a common understanding of the current situation in Sonoma Valley, while challenging our imaginations about how the community could evolve for good or ill in the years ahead.  Over 150 Sonoma residents crowded Andrews Hall to listen and participate.

If you missed this wonderful evening, KSVY recorded the proceedings and will broadcast them on the following dates and times.  
  • Tuesday, May 12, 10am
  • Friday, May 15, 4pm
In addition, a link to a streaming version of the event can be found on Sonoma Valley Fund's website, click here.
Kimberly Blattner Chairs SVF's Outreach Committee

Kimberly Blattner, a resident of Sonoma since 1982, is the Chair of Sonoma Valley Fund's Community Outreach Committee.  

Many of you already know Kimberly based on her work in Kimberly Blattner the community.  She was Board Chair for La Luz Center for two years and founded the Sonoma Valley President's Council, as well as served as its chair for the first two years. 

Kimberly was raised in Oregon and came to California to attend Stanford University, where she earned a BA in Political Science and was captain of the women's varsity swimming team. She later received an MA and elementary and secondary teaching credentials from UC Davis and taught high school for 14 years, serving as chair of the English Department at Sonoma Valley High School from 1988-90.

She has served on the boards of Presidio Hill School, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, SFMOMA Docent Council, League of Women Voters of Sonoma County, Enterprise for High School Students, and La Luz Center, where she was Board Chair for two years. Kimberly is currently a member of Sonoma's Community Services and Environment Commission.

Please feel free to reach out to Kimberly if you have any questions or would like to arrange to have someone come and speak to your board about legacy giving at email.
As always, you can learn more about the Sonoma Valley Fund by visiting our website: Sonoma Valley Fund.




Joshua Rymer

Vice President - Sonoma Valley Fund

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