Sonoma Foundation Awards Over $175,000 to Local Nonprofits

Sonoma Ecology Center, La Luz and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation among recipients


Community Foundation Sonoma County along with the Sonoma Valley Fund awarded four grants through the Roland and Hazel Todd Trust totaling over $175,000 to Sonoma Valley organizations focusing on key health and safety needs.

The grants were awarded to organizations which provide critical services to residents of the Springs – in line with the Hazel and Roland Todd's goals of philanthropic giving.

“We understood that if access to critical services such as health care, adult education, and safety net services could be made more easily available to residents in this area, the impact would be significant,” said Harriet Derwingson, Community Foundation Sonoma County board member and chair of the Todd Trust Committee.

Last year, Community Foundation Sonoma County determined that the initial focus of grants would be in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley.

The grant recipients are:

  • St. Joseph Health System of Sonoma County received a challenge grant of $100,000 from the Community Foundation Sonoma County to continue dental services to low income residents in the Springs area through purchasing a replacement mobile dental van.
  • received $35,300 for assistance in creating a community garden for Spring's residents at the County's Larson Park in Agua Caliente. 
  • The received $25,000 for the 2012 Sonoma Valley Youth Initiative
  • was given $12,000 to provide emergency rental assistance for low income Sonoma Valley residents in crisis.

“Hazel and Roland Todd cared deeply about the health and well-being of residents in their community, and we are honored to steward their gift by supporting such vital services,” said Barbara Hughes, president and CEO of Community Foundation Sonoma County.       

Read more about the Todd Trust at www.sonomacf.org or www.sonomavalleyfund.org.

Rena B May 20, 2012 at 03:06 AM
How wonderful that the Todd Trust supported these important organizations.


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