GivingTuesday for Sonoma County
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 10 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) celebrates GivingTuesday for Sonoma County each year and is looking forward to mobilizing our vintner and donor community on November 28, 2023.
We were thrilled to attend the opening of the Caritas Center, the largest homeless services hub in Sonoma County. Our generous vintner members and donors made it possible for SCVF to gift $1 million to the construction of the 48,000-square-foot facility, with in-house services provided by numerous dedicated nonprofits – some of which also receive funding from SCVF. This is a triumph for how effective community collaboration can be.
An accredited 501c(3) nonprofit organization, funds raised by SCVF are used for our annual Community Grants and Emergency Relief Fund, offering sustainable support for long-term programs and short-term needs. Our latest distribution funded 54 grants for education & literacy, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture.
Caritas Center Opens
“It’s an excellent example of the community collaboration required to bring a project of this scale to fruition,” said Kelli Kuykendall, Santa Rosa’s homeless services manager. “The design and programming will provide a new level of dignity and care for our homeless community members, as well as enhance the City’s efforts to address homelessness.” Read the full story in The Press Democrat.
Community Collaboration Works
Thanks to The Press Democrat editorial board for their recognition of the fantastic new Caritas Center and “a testament to what this community can accomplish through collaboration and well-coordinated public and private partnerships.” SCVF, along with our vintners and donors, were proud to contribute $1 million to this initiative, alongside other community-minded organizations. Read the full editorial.
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Community Grants are broadly accessible, responsive grants that address pressing needs in Sonoma County. In the past six years grants have been distributed to over 430 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.