December 2011
Sonoma Valley Fund Partner Newsletter


In This Issue
Partner Support Committee Adds Three New Members
Endow Sonoma Valley Month
Successes in Legacy Giving Programs
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Welcome to the third edition of the Sonoma Valley Fund Partner Newsletter.  Periodically we will use this newsletter to communicate items of particular interest to our non-profit partners (that are not necessarily of interest to our general newsletter readers). 

Lookout for the next issue of our Partner Newsletter in early March, 2012.  If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, send your article to Joshua Rymer no later than February 15th, 2012.

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's Partner Support Committee Newest Members 


The Partner Support Committee of the Sonoma Valley Fund has recruited three new members who we think you will want to meet.  Last issue we profiled Terri Miller.  In this issue we introduce you to Kathe Hodgson 


Kathe Hodgson
Kathe Hodgson
Kathe Hodgson has been a part-time resident of the Sonoma Valley since 1993. Since retiring, she and her husband spend much of their time in Glen Ellen.
She served on the board of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art for eight years and was president from 2006-2007. Kathe is currently vice-president on the La Luz board and has worked on various committees.   She has recently joined the Partner Support Committee of the Sonoma Valley Fund as a liason to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the League for Historic Preservation.
Kathe has worked in the art world most of her career and recently retired from her position as Director of Exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor). She had previously been a curator at the museum for several years and also taught art history at San Francisco State University and City College. Kathe received a BA in art history from the University of Colorado and MA from San Francisco State University. She has served on several non-profit boards in the city over the years. Kathe is married to Fred, a retired United Airlines pilot, and they have two children and three grandsons

Look out for profiles of the third new committee member, Jerry Biers, in our March Newsletter.   


Announcing "Endow Sonoma Valley Month"  

Sonoma County and the City of Sonoma both Designate October 2012 for Legacy Giving  


The Sonoma Valley Fund was organized some five years ago with a goal of creating a sustainable source of funding for Valley non-profit organizations through legacy giving and charitable bequests. Significant progress has been made. Now, Sonoma Valley Fund announces the launch of an important new legacy gift informational program - Endow Sonoma Valley Month.

Endow Sonoma Valley Month is envisioned as a month-long series of public events, seminars, and expert panel discussions designed to build increased awareness within Sonoma Valley of the benefits and mechanics of legacy giving.

For staff and board members of Sonoma Valley Fund's non-profit partners and other interested local charitable organizations, experts will address issues dealing with the creation and effective promotion of legacy giving programs. Other events will bring together the Valley's non-profit organizations to share legacy giving experiences and best practices.


All educational events will be free of charge and will be held in a variety of locations across the Valley, including several hosted by SVF's non-profit partner organizations. The month will culminate in a celebration of legacy giving event open to all who attended or participated in any of the "Endow the Valley Month" activities.

For additional information and to volunteer to making this an important event, please contact Joshua Rymer
Successes in Legacy Giving Programs

Here is the second in our series of Legacy Giving success stories, from the perspective of our Non-Profit Partner organizations.   We'll try to include one or two success stories in each edition of this newsletter.  If you have a story you would like to share in our next edition, send it to Whitney Evans no later than February 15th.  

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Logo "Building an endowment is absolutely critical to securing a future for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Our Legacy Program is three years old and growing in many important ways. Long-time supporters of the Museum realize that the value of the Museum to the community they love must be preserved."


It sounds trivial, but it's important to ask members to make the Museum a part of their legacy and ensure that it will survive, in good times and bad. The Museum has held receptions at the home of one of the legacy members, inviting others to make a commitment during the event.  In addition, legacy donations are talked about at many, if not all Museum events. Persistence pays off, with 21 generous family legacy donors so far, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is continuing to work with its friends and supporters to ensure its future."
Kate Eilertsen - Executive Director


Should Philanthropies Operate Like Businesses?
Interesting Article from the Wall Street Jornal

It's your money, and you're willing to give some of it away to a worthy cause. But you want to see results. Measurable progress towarWall Street Journal Logod agreed-upon goals. Regular proof that your investment is achieving maximum impact. That's the way businesses operate, and charities should be no different.

Visit the WSJ Online to read the rest of this article 


As always, you can learn more about the Sonoma Valley Fund by visiting our website: Sonoma Valley Fund.




Whitney Evans

Past-President and Chair of Partner Support Committee

Sonoma Valley Fund

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