August 2015
Sonoma Valley Fund Newsletter


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Sonoma Valley Fund Announces New Grants Program
Hanna Boys Center Events
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Sonoma Valley Fund Announces New Grants Program
Workshop Scheduled

Sonoma Valley Fund is pleased to announce the launch of a new capacity building grants program in August 2015. 

If you're involved with a nonprofit serving Sonoma Valley and interested in capacity building, you're invited to an informational workshop on this competitive grants program on Tuesday, August 26th at The Sonoma Valley Grange from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  To RSVP for the Grants Workshop contact Karin Demarest, 707-303-9621,

This multi-year grants program will provide funding and technical assistance to organizations interested in committing time, energy and innovative thinking to assess and plan for increased organizational effectiveness. Selected organizations will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated learning cohort, receive consultation in capacity-building and an organizational assessment, support in developing a capacity-building plan, and initial funding of $5,000 to be used at the grantee's discretion.
Sonoma Valley Fund recognizes and supports nonprofits currently addressing the unmet health needs of our most vulnerable populations as outlined in the Portrait of Sonoma County.   We define health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. A healthy community is one that is committed to equity through continuously creating and improving both its physical and social environments.  Organizations whose mission aligns with this definition and who value capacity building are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Karin Demarest ( to register. This workshop is designed for staff and board members of organizations serving Sonoma Valley as well as their fundraising advocates and champions.  It will help equip anyone interested in submitting a competitive application for a grant.
For more information about this grants program, visit our website  or contact Karin Demarest, 707-303-9621,

The Grange is located at 18627 Sonoma Highway in Sonoma.
Hanna Boys Center Events
There will be two important programs at the Hanna Boys Center later this month and in September that we wanted to share with you.  

On Wednesday, August 26th, Hanna will host a screening of the movie 'Paper Tigers' which chronicles a year in the life of a Lincoln High School in the struggling, rural community of Walla Walla, Washington.  After the principal of the school is exposed to research about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), he decides to radically change the school's approach to discipline.  To learn more, click on the image below.  

Then in September,  Hanna Boys Center will host, in collaboration with its local community partners,
a seminar with Robert Anda, MD, MS.  Dr. Anda is the Co-Principal Investigator in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.   

RSVP to either event by clicking here to send an email or calling by calling 707-933-2555
As always, you can learn more about the Sonoma Valley Fund by visiting our website: Sonoma Valley Fund.


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Joshua Rymer, President, Sonoma Valley Fund

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