SCVF Gives Back to Sonoma County
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is an accredited 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its purpose is to consistently support local nonprofit organizations to help those in our community who are most in need. SCVF elevates lives to cultivate a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County with proceeds from year-round philanthropic giving by its community of SCVF Changemakers and its annual Sonoma County Wine Auction. SCVF’s two main initiatives, Community Grants and the Emergency Relief Fund, impact needs ranging from the immediate to the long term.
Community Foundation Sonoma County aids SCVF in the grant application process and more, providing a valuable service to the community as a liaison for nonprofits.
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Community Grants are broadly accessible, responsive grants that address pressing needs in Sonoma County. In the past five years grants have been distributed to over 400 organizations dedicated to education & literacy, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture.
Emergency Relief Fund
The SCVF Emergency Relief Fund was established in 2017 to address the immediate needs of our local community impacted by a natural disaster and other emergencies in a timely manner. This fund adapts to the needs of the Sonoma County community as unfortunate situations arise.
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Through the support of community partners like the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, Fire Forward is building a skilled workforce of professional fire practitioners ready to fill fire management positions, creating a culture of land stewardship and increasing resilience against the threat of wildfire.
Dr. Sasha Berleman, Director
We are so proud to partner with SCVF and CFSC to support our local students. By building a leveled reader library, Valley Vista Elementary School teachers can take students through each step necessary to reach complete literacy. The funding from this grant purchased shared leveled-reading libraries with packs of six or eight books at each level of support in class and intervention reading groups, as well as providing books that students take home for practice. This partnership is creating opportunities for all students on campus to achieve their academic goals while developing a love of reading.
Maureen Highland, Executive Director
Critical funding from SCVF will allow Social Advocates for Youth to meet the mental health needs of the most vulnerable young people staying in our shelter. Trauma-responsive care is a vital component in the recovery process for youth experiencing homelessness.
Katrina Thurman, Chief Executive Officer
The continued support of Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is invaluable to CSN’s commitment to providing Evidence-Based Practice training to Sonoma County service providers. Your grant allows CSN, Catholic Charities and Sonoma County Community Development Commission to collaborate with 33 Sonoma County Service Providers to increase training access.
Danielle Hanson, Development & Training Manager
Thank you to Sonoma County Vintners Foundation for a generous grant to Cinnabar Theater supporting the Youth Programs in our Young Repertory division. The grant enabled us to offer 10 scholarships to deserving youth to attend our Musical Theater Summer Camp. Much gratitude!
Diane Dragone, Executive Director
We are thrilled to be a recipient of a grant from the Sonoma County Vintners Association and are so grateful for the heartfelt support they are providing to first responders and their families.
Susan Farren, Founder and Executive Director
Earle Baum Center is deeply grateful for the support of Sonoma County Vintners. Our nonprofit for people with sight loss provided 3,475 hours of service to 398 individuals in the past fiscal year. With the support of Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, we will be able to continue our mission and expand our impact to help transform the lives of people with sight loss.
Bob Sonnenberg, CEO
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation
The retaining walls funded by SCVF protected Upper Johnson Trail so that major trail reconstruction was not needed and the trail could reopen sooner. The retaining walls also preserved the environment by preventing erosion, which facilitated plant regrowth in the burn area. Park use in all 50+ Sonoma County Regional Parks has skyrocketed as a result of COVID. Now more than ever, it is critical for Regional Parks to be able to offer as many park and trail options as possible for Sonoma County residents. This grant facilitated the return of a key trail in the Regional Parks system.
Melissa Kelley, Executive Director
We’re extremely grateful for the contributions from organizations like SCVF that enable us to provide services. SCVF’s grants have been used for client needs such as one-time rental deposits, which are returned when a client moves; assistance with payment for necessary utilities like electricity, water and phone; and food purchases from the Redwood Empire Food Bank to ensure clients in Sonoma County have enough to eat.
Chris Kughn, CEO
On behalf of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, I would like to thank SCVF for their very generous grant of $10,000. This grant will be used to continue support for wildfire prevention work with the Sonoma County Ecology Corp. This combined effort will not only cover staff time and supplies needed for this project, but also help to defeat fire threat in areas we may not have been able to reach. Our goal in keeping Sonoma County great and getting us back on our feet after fire and flood is a continued goal I think we all share.
Michele Luna, Executive Director
Thank you for this grant and the opportunity to reduce impacts from the Walbridge Fire to keep our water clean. The Russian River is one of the most critical resources in our region, providing wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, recreational opportunities, and a place where people can connect with nature.
Don McEnhill, Executive Director
Thank you for the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation’s generous grant to Side by Side’s YouThrive and Community Counseling collaboration in Petaluma schools. By supporting our new three-tier mental health and early intervention project, you’ve helped us tighten the safety net for youth on the edge of or in crisis after over a year of COVID-19, distance learning, social isolation, and for many families, financial challenges.
Christine Isana Garcia, Chief Executive Officer
Ceres Community Project is deeply grateful for the partnership of Sonoma County Vintners Foundation as we continue to create positive change in our community through our core programs. In March, we served our one millionth meal…
Cathryn E. Couch, Founder and CEO
Thank you for your grant in support of our free after-school music training and social development program for underserved students, Simply Strings, in 2021-2022. As arts programs in the schools have declined, the Symphony has helped bridge the gap to reach 30,000 students a year…
Alan Silow, President and CEO
We would like to thank you for the grant to support our Home Delivered Meals program. It has been a year of change, hope, sadness, and trauma…When we needed to feed additional community members, there you were. When we needed to help the students in our community, there you were. When we needed to find ways to help keep residents in their homes, there you were.
Elece Hempel, Executive Director