2019-2020 Annual Report single





Our mission is to offer

people effective ways to

engage in advancing the

well-being of our



We envision a thriving

Mendocino County, with

communities that appreciate

their special sense of place

and the unique beauty of

their natural environment,

and that provide growing

opportunities for people of

all ages to lead healthy lives

and to work, learn, create,

contribute, and prosper.

lone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

These words by Helen Keller ring true when reflecting

on the incredible amount of work accomplished by

the Community Foundation this year. As we were

rebuilding the final homes of our 3-year fire recovery

effort, the COVID-19 pandemic launched us into

another year of dedicated collaboration with our

community of donors, non-profit organizations,

and volunteers. We are celebrating these essential

partnerships more than ever this year.

With our donors, such as those who launched the

COVID-19 Relief Fund (page 3), we are serving our

community as it manages another crisis. With the

Keffeler family who came together to honor their loved

ones (page 5), we are supporting the next generation of

students pursuing careers in the medical field. With an

individual who believes in the value of the arts and created the

Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts (page 9), we are inspiring

artists countywide. And, with our Partners in Philanthropy (page 15), we are

continuing all of this important work into the future with planned giving.

Our leadership projects (page 13) are also intensive collaborations with many community partners. In addition

to our disaster relief work for wildfires and now COVID-19, we have also been working hard to secure an accurate

count for Mendocino County in the Census 2020 and strengthening the leadership of local non-profits

through our Executive Director Leadership Institute.

The pandemic has forced us each to work from the solitude and chaos of home, but the partnerships we have

built over the past 26 years continue to carry us into a strong future. This annual report reflects our gratitude to

the many people and organizations who partner with us to do wonderful things for Mendocino County.

Board Chair Win Bowen

President/CEO Megan Barber Allende

On March 18, 2020 the County of Mendocino issued a shelter-in-place order in response to the

COVID-19 pandemic which grew into something larger than most of us predicted. Gratefully in

those first few days of working remotely our phones rang with the generosity of donors who

anticipated the need that would come. Sonoma Clean Power and the Savings Bank of Mendocino

County asked if we would establish a fund to help those impacted by the crisis. Their lead gifts

began our journey.

Food and housing insecurity were among our immediate concerns, so we made grants to nearly

30 food-relief organizations countywide to ensure no one would go hungry during the crisis.

Grants to community partners to help people with rent and utilities soon followed.

As the pandemic continued, our relief efforts grew from a single fund to a multi-sector program

supporting residents throughout Mendocino County. The COVID-19 Relief Program is now comprised of:

• COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide basic needs to individuals and families countywide.

• COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Fund to mitigate the difficulties faced by the non-profit sector

in Mendocino County and enable them to continue to serve the community.

• Business Innovation and Resiliency Fund to provide small grants through West Business

Development Center to enable micro-businesses to adapt to the restrictions of the pandemic


We are all impacted; no one is exempt from this pandemic. Together we can support our

neighbors and friends to ensure our communities not only survive the crisis but continue

to flourish.

Many thanks to our lead and significant donors who have made this work possible: George and Ruth Bradford

Foundation, The Candelaria Fund, The Cleo Foundation, DeLucia Family Fund, Otto and Jean Graham, Harvest Market,

Harold and Vivienne Henderson Family Fund, J-Olivanti Fund, Jantzen and Romelli Donor-Advised Fund, Robert Wood

Johnson Foundation, Diana Coryat and Ashok Khosla, Kevin & Bree Klotter Charitable Trust,



Funds Raised: $1,912,533

• COVID-19 Relief Fund and Response


• CalFresh/FEMA Food Relief


• Business Innovation and Resiliency Fund


• Non-Profit Relief Fund and Programs


Funds Granted: $682,846

Jim and Babbie Mayfield Fund, John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund, Eileen Mitro and Joel

Levine, MLH Fund, Jim and Arlene Moorehead, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the Poseley and Allende families, Rebuild

NorthBay Foundation, Rotary Club of Ukiah, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Sonoma Clean Power, South Ukiah

Rotary Foundation, Tarbell Family Foundation, Ted and Wilma Westman Fund, and anonymous donors.


Keffeler Family Medical Scholarship Fund

“Over the past six years our mother interacted with a lot of medical professionals,” says Tim Keffeler. “From the

paramedics to the nurses and doctors who cared for her, she was so grateful for them.” This is why it was important

to the Keffeler children to include a broad range of medical professions in the criteria for the scholarship they

established as a way to remember their parents.

Medical careers come in many forms. For Larry Keffeler, it comprised of the countless prescriptions he and his wife

Joyce, a pharmacy technician, filled over 29 years at the family-owned-and-operated Harris Pharmacy. Joyce’s love

and dedication to her family and friends was also a balm of its own, nurturing her three children and seven

grandchildren with a special joy that radiates still. Now Larry and Joyce will be forever remembered through the

generosity of the many friends and family who have donated to the Keffeler Family Medical Scholarship Fund.

With each contribution to the fund this legacy grows, and the annual scholarship guarantees generations of future

Ukiah High graduates will carry on their dedication to care for others. “We hope this scholarship will encourage

young people in our community to pursue a degree in medicine, and hopefully return to Ukiah to support the local

community,” says Missy Keffeler Schat. This legacy of caring is perhaps the best medicine of all.


Gabe Madrigal

Keffeler Family Medical Scholarship recipient

Ukiah High senior Gabe Madrigal knows the medical

system first-hand. “My sister was diagnosed with

lupus at twelve,” Gabe said. “We lived and went to

school through the Ronald McDonald house for a

year so my sister could get the right care at Stanford.”

The financial strain became too much for the family

to remain in the Bay Area and they moved to Willits.

This experience locked in Gabe’s desire to practice

medicine. He completed EMT courses in high school,

and begins at Mendocino College this fall to prepare

for a career in nursing.

His sense of purpose is what spoke to the Keffeler

family. By providing financial support and the

encouragement to pursue their dreams, Gabe and

the next generation can reach their goals rather than

opting out of college when it seems out of reach.

Like the Keffeler family, Gabe is driven by a desire to

give. “Becoming a nurse will fulfill my passion to

help others live their lives to the fullest,” he said.

Through the generosity of many people, Gabe’s

journey will begin right when the world most needs

more nurses.



in scholarships



student recipients


778 students

have received scholarships


in scholarships awarded


scholarship funds


Our Funds

The Community Endowment is a collection of gifts of all sizes, as well as

named endowment funds, that support discretionary grant programs and

technical assistance. Grants respond to current needs and opportunities

as they change over time.

Named funds within the Community Endowment include:

• Cantus Foundation Fund

• Fraeda Dubin Trust

• Claire Ellis and Chuck Greenberg Fund

• The Gardiner Family Endowment Fund

• Jonathan Gibbs Memorial Fund

• Charles and Olivia Hasty Fund

• The Leavens Foundation Fund

• Mathey Fund

• CC and Tomek Ulatowski Fund

Designated and Agency Funds support specific organizations through a

perpetual endowment. This category also includes agency endowment

funds opened by non-profit organizations.

• Anderson Valley Health Center Endowment Fund

• Jack T. and Chatter C. Bishoff Funds

• Board Endowment Fund for the Community Foundation

• William H. Carter Trust

• Huldie Schoener Clark Fund of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

• Erma C. Conant Endowment Fund

• Eva Dunnebeck Memorial Fund

• Delbert E. and Maradyl T. Facklam Endowment Fund

• Maradyl T. Facklam Memorial Endowment Fund

• Don Farrell Fund

• Friends of Drug Court Fund

• Lloyd W. Hamlin and Gladys Hamlin 1991 Trust Fund

• Hospice of Ukiah Fund

• Frederick T. Johnson Endowment Fund

• Mae Lauer Endowment Fund for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

• Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Agency Fund

• Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference Endowment Fund

• Mendocino County Museum Endowment Fund

• Mendocino Unified Schools Enrichment, Inc. (MUSE) Fund

• Beverly Morby Fund

• Harold and Mary Selim Memorial Campership Fund

• SPACE Designated Fund

• Ukiah Senior Center Endowment Fund


Donor-Advised Funds enable donors to contribute assets to their funds

at any time and then to make recommendations to the Community

Foundation regarding grants from their funds. Donor-advised funds are a

flexible and personal way to support non-profit groups in Mendocino

County and beyond.

• Elmer Albertson Fund

• Mabel Albertson Fund

• Patricia and Albert Beltrami Family Fund

• Becky and Winston Bowen Donor-Advised Fund

• The Bowman Family Fund

• Matthew Coleman Fund for Environmental Education and Conservation

• The Community Assistance Fund

• Frank and Maxine Crane Memorial Fund

• Meredythe G. and Clayton C. Daley, Jr. Family Fund

• DeLucia Family Fund

• Guilford and Gudrun Dye Family Fund

• Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County Fund

• Full Circle Family Fund

• Harold and Vivienne Henderson Family Fund

• Hudson Family Fund

• Jantzen-Romelli Donor-Advised Fund

• J-Olivanti Fund

• Klein Family Fund for South Coast Opportunities

• Lowery Family Fund

• Sandy Mailliard Donor-Advised Fund

• Mathey Charitable Fund

• Jim and Babbie Mayfield Fund

• MLH Fund

• Pacific Redwood Medical Group Charitable Fund

• John Pack and Linda Francis Family Fund

• Pearson Family Fund

• Rodrigue Family Fund

• Rotary Club of Ukiah Fund

• Paul and Linda Shimmin Fund

• Ted and Wilma Westman Fund (Sandy Mayfield)

Field-of-Interest Funds make grants in a specified area of interest, or a

specified geographical area, or both.

• A.D. Abramson Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts (North Coast)

• Jane Anderson Developmental Disability Fund

• The Anderson Valley Fund

• The Sandy Mailliard Endowment Fund

• Angel Endowment Fund

photo: AlessandraRC

• Animal Welfare Fund for Inland Mendocino County

• Arts in the Schools Endowment Fund

• Donna Baxter Memorial Fund for STEM Education

• Blood Bank of the Redwoods Legacy Fund

• Broadband Development Fund

• Business Innovation and Resiliency Fund

• County of Mendocino CalFresh/FEMA Fund

• Community Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness Fund

• COVID-19 Relief Fund

• COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Fund

• Pat Denny Endowment Fund

• Disaster Fund for Mendocino County

• Fraeda Dubin Endowment Fund

• Economic Development Fund

• Environmental Education and Conservation Fund

• Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry

• Foster Fund

• The Fund for Animal Welfare

• The Fund for Homeless Services

• The Fund for Round Valley

• The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture {pending}

• The Fund for Trails and Open Space

• The Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts

• Haigh-Scatena Youth Leadership, Empowerment & Advocacy Fund

• Beverly Hudson Fund for the Developmentally Disabled

• Hunger Express Poverty Fund

• Jim Levine Youth Endowment Fund

• Vivian Martin Fund

• John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund

• Mendocino Coast Healthcare Fund

• Mendocino Coast Youth Mentorship Fund

• Mendocino County Endowment for Community Health Projects

• Moorehead Endowment Fund for Seniors

• Poverty Program Fund

• Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund

• Releaf Tree Planting Fund

• Evelyn G. Smith Science Fund

• Textile and Fiber Arts Endowment Fund

• Ukiah Saturday Afternoon Club Endowment Fund

• Women’s Legacy Fund

• Deborah E. Barber Fund

• Workers’ Memorial Fund

Scholarship Funds are created by donors who want to help students

pursue university, college, or vocational educations, using criteria of the

donors’ choosing.

• “Ain’t Noth’n Ever Been Got That Ain’t Been Went Out After” Jack

and Ruby Terwilliger Scholarship Fund

• The Viola L. Allen and Oscar A. Allen Scholarship Fund

• Nash Bartolomie Industrial Arts Scholarship Fund

• Warren “Ed” Brown Math/Engineering Scholarship Fund

• California Retired Teachers’ Association (CRTA) Division 55 Bessie

Scott Scholarship Fund

• California Retired Teachers’ Association (CRTA) Division 55 Hilmer

Finne Music Scholarship Fund

• Walter Camp STEM Scholarship Fund

• Jean Cannon Scholarship Fund

• Randy Clark Memorial Vocational Scholarship Fund

• Community Foundation of Mendocino County Scholarship Fund

• M. Cecil and Alice M. Gowan Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Hammond Trust Emergency Services Scholarship Fund

• John Haschak Public Service Scholarship Fund

• Todd Hudson Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fund

• The Jonathan Family Scholarship Fund

• Jerry Juhl Fund for the Arts

• The Keffeler Family Medical Scholarship Fund

• Chris P. Lo Pinto Memorial Scholarship Fund

• McCarthy and Whitcomb Inland Performing Arts Scholarship Fund

• MCHC Health Centers: Linnea Hunter Scholarship Fund

• Mendocino Agricultural Families’ Scholarship Fund

• The Alma and August Mendosa Scholarship Fund

• Marge Pardini Philanthropy Scholarship Fund

• The Bill Pavioni Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Penserra Founder’s Scholarship Fund

• Fionna and Richard Perkins Scholarship Fund

• Ryan and Collin Petitte Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Jesse Pittman Scholarship Fund

• Paul and Linda Shimmin Scholarship Fund

• Skye Scholarship Fund

• Dr. Charles O. and Harriett C. Smith Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award

Scholarship Fund

• David Joseph Talamo Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund

• Ukiah High School Alumni Association: Warren "Ed" Brown

Scholarship Fund

• Ukiah High School Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund

• Ted and Wilma Westman Vocational Scholarship Fund

• Woman’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund

For full fund descriptions visit www.communityfound.org.


Our Donors

The Fund for the Visual and

Performing Arts

Getting to know our donor partners and helping

them realize their philanthropic goals is one of

the joys of our work. Patricia Scott was born two

months before the stock market crash of 1929, just

a decade after the Spanish Flu.

Now in her nineties, Pat’s life has been filled with

social work, music, sculpture, and community.

While working at UCSF Children’s Services, Pat

befriended supervisor Shirley Reece, sharing a

passion for classical music.

When Shirley passed away recently, Pat desired a

way to remember her friend and the music they

loved. Pat called the Community Foundation to

discuss her planned giving and discovered there

wasn’t a visual and performing arts fund for the

entire county. She knew it was meant to be that

she create the Fund for the Visual and Performing

Arts as a memorial for her friend.

“I went to the Foundation because Mendocino has

really been my family since I moved here in 1972,”

she says. “I’m not married and don’t have a family. I

give to the community and they give to me. That is

what I value. But the whole county needs art. I

want this to be open and wide enough for everyone,

amateur and professional artists alike.” By

supporting and honoring what she most treasures,

Pat is able to create a meaningful philanthropic



Our Grantees

Photo: Mathew Caine

Willits Community Theatre

The non-profit organizations that sustain our communities are essential partners, allowing

us to realize our mission of a thriving Mendocino County. Willits Community Theatre (WCT)

is in its 43rd year creating art for Northern California. This year WCT was awarded a

Community Enrichment grant to support a youth performance arts summer camp. “The arts

are essential to the well-rounded development of children,” says executive director Chrystina

Patterson. “Our Youth Camp program provides the opportunity for our youth to experience

the variety, inspiration, and fun of dramatic arts. It helps children empower themselves as

they find confidence in materializing their creativity.”

As a “community treasure chest” the Foundation has always believed in supporting many

areas of interest, including arts and humanities, youth and education, environment,

economics, sense of place, healthy communities, animals, and disaster relief. Supporting

WCT is just one way in which the Foundation helps local communities thrive.




grants made





total granted

Our Grants

The Community Endowment Fund Grant Total: $144,511

Community Enrichment: $115,500

• Action Network

• Alex Rorabaugh Recreation Center

• Anderson Valley Community Services District

• Arena Theater Association

• Children's Garden Preschool

• Coastal Seniors

• Covelo Fire Department Auxiliary

• Fort Bragg Band Boosters

• Laytonville Skate Park (Harwood Memorial Park)

• Mendocino Area Parks Association

• Mendocino Ballet

• Mendocino County Historical Society

• Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program-Fort Bragg

Food Bank

• Mendocino High School

• Mendocino Spartan 4-H

• Reef Check Foundation

• Round Valley County Water District

• Round Valley Indian Health Center, Inc.

• School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education


• South Valley High School

• Willits Community Theatre

• Willits Elementary Charter School

• Yoga Mendocino

Save-the Day Grants: $23,405

Strategic Grants: $5,606

Field-of-Interest Funds Grant Total: $1,917,034

A.D. Abramson Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts

• Big Picture Learning Native American Initiative

Blood Bank of the Redwoods Legacy Fund

• Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County

• South Valley High School

• Ukiah High School

Freda Dubin Endowment Fund / Pat Denny

Endowment Fund

• Safe Passage

Environmental Education & Conservation Fund

• Mendocino County Public Broadcasting

• Sanhedrin Chapter, California Native Plant Society

Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for

Sustainable Forestry

• Mendocino Land Trust

Haigh-Scatena Youth Leadership, Empowerment

and Advocacy Fund

• Jughandle Creek Farm and Nature Center

The Fund for Homeless Services

• MCOE Foster and Homeless Youth Services Program

• Plowshares Peace and Justice Center

Hunger Express Poverty Fund

• Ford Street Project – Ukiah Food Bank

• Laytonville Healthy Start (Harwood Memorial Park)

• MCOE Foster and Homeless Youth Services Program

• Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center

• Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program – Fort

Bragg Food Bank

• Plowshares Peace and Justice Center

• Potter Valley Youth & Community Center

• Round Valley Indian Health Center, Inc.

• Sueño Latino

• Willits Daily Bread

John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic

Development Fund

• Leadership Mendocino (North Coast Opportunities)

• West Business Development Center

Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund

• Arts Council of Mendocino County

• Kelley House Museum

ReLeaf Tree Planting Fund

• The Oak Granary (North Coast Opportunities)

Textile and Fiber Arts Fund

• Art Center Ukiah

• Mendocino-Lake Community College District


Community Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness

Fund (with financial support from the California Fire


• Action Network

• Anderson Valley Community Services District

• Anderson Valley Health Center

• Coastal Seniors

• Comptche Volunteer Fire Department

• Friends of the Round Valley Public Library

• Laytonville Healthy Start (Harwood Memorial Park)

• Leggett Fire Protection District

• Long Valley Health Center

• Mendocino Coast Healthcare District

• Mendocino County Fire Safe Council

• Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (KZYX)

• Mendocino-Lake Community College District

• Plowshares Peace and Justice Center

• Redwood Community Services

• Renewable Energy Development Institute

• Ukiah Valley Association for Habilitation

• Westport Volunteer Fire Department

Disaster Fund for Mendocino County

• Hope Crisis Response Network/Hope City

• Mennonite Disaster Services

• North Coast Opportunities

• Rebuilding Now (Rebuild NorthBay Foundation)

COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Fund

• Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah

• Planned Parenthood Northern California

• Project Sanctuary

• West Business Development Center

• 51 micro-grants for Zoom license fees

Business Innovation and Resiliency Fund

• West Business Development Center

COVID-19 Relief Fund

(with financial support from the County of Mendocino)

• Action Network

• Anderson Valley Senior Center

• Caring Kitchen (North Coast Opportunities)

• Coastal Seniors

• Ford Street Project- Ukiah Food Bank

• Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

• Indian Senior Center Inc.

• Laytonville Healthy Start (Harwood Memorial Park)

• Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund

• Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center

• Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program– Fort

Bragg Food Bank

• Mendocino Food Pantry (Mendocino

Presbyterian Church)

• MendoLake Food Hub (North Coast Opportunities)

• Mendonoma Health Alliance

• North Coast Opportunities

• Nuestra Alianza de Willits

• Pearl Family Resource Center (Raise & Shine)

• Pinoleville Pomo Nation

• Plowshares Peace and Justice Center

• Potter Valley Youth & Community Center

• Redwood Coast Regional Center

• Redwood Coast Seniors, Inc.

• Round Valley Indian Health Center, Inc.

• Round Valley Indian Tribes Senior Center

• Sueño Latino

• The Arbor Youth Resource Center (Redwood

Community Services)

• Ukiah Senior Center

• Willits Community Services, Inc. – Food Bank

• Willits Daily Bread

• Willits Seniors, Inc.

photo Matt Tilghman

Designated/Agency Funds Grant Total: $396,945

Donor-Advised Funds Grant Total: $343,079

Scholarship Funds Grant Total: $385,950

Total Grants and Scholarships: $3,187,519


Our Community Leadership

COVID-19 Relief

The strength of our partnerships is what make us

effective community leaders. When the pandemic

struck, our donors called to ask if we could establish a

COVID-19 Relief Fund. We knew building the program

went far beyond accepting donations. Informed by our

fire recovery efforts, we contacted our community

partners to create a program that would make an

impact in the recovery of our communities from the

pandemic. The County of Mendocino joined us with

CalFresh and FEMA grants to support hunger-relief

efforts. North Coast Opportunities (NCO), the Coast

Children’s Fund, and Mendonoma Health Alliance joined

to provide individual relief to families in need. West

Business Development Center joined to support small

businesses struggling during the pandemic. With these

partners, our donors, and a network of non-profits

doing critical “boots on the ground” work, we have

created the COVID-19 Relief Program and are actively

engaged in providing multi-sector support. We are

holding a long-term vision for COVID-19 relief and hope

to continue to provide critical funding and innovative

support throughout the recovery.


Fire Recovery

Coordinating a collaborative recovery effort has

been the greatest success of Mendocino-Rebuilding

Our Community (M-ROC), the long-term fire recovery

team for the 2017 Redwood Complex and 2018

Mendocino Complex Fires. M-ROC began with

community partners envisioning how to get fire

survivors back home. Now three years later, we are

pleased to share this goal is nearly complete. With

support from our funding partners, including United

Way of the Wine Country and Red Cross, and our

volunteer construction partners, Mennonite Disaster

Services (MDS), Hope City, and Rebuilding

Now/Rebuild Northbay Foundation we have rebuilt

12 homes and contributed to the construction costs

of an additional 124. Collaboratively we have moved

our community from relief, to recovery, to rebuilding.

With financial support from the California Fire

Foundation and our Community Resiliency and

Disaster Preparedness Fund, we are now focusing

on a more prepared and resilient community in the

face of future disasters.

photo: AlessandraRC

Census 2020

By forming the Mendocino County Complete Count

Committee (MCCCC), we convened representatives

from education, local government, tribal leaders,

health care, the LatinX community, and many

non-profits in a county-wide collaborative effort to get

a complete count of local residents in the 2020

Census. Because census-derived funding is essential

for projects and programs in our communities, it made

perfect sense for the Community Foundation to

spearhead the work of engaging our communities on

a grassroots level.

Federal funding allocations are based on census

numbers. Census-derived funds support school

lunches, mental health services, fire management,

children’s health insurance, education, veteran care,

wildlife restoration, business grants, highway construction,

poverty abatement, water pollution control, and

housing for the elderly. By using our community

connections to ensure all of our “hard-to-count”

neighbors were engaged in this important effort, we

worked together to provide essential funding that will

strengthen our county for the decade to come.

Executive Director Leadership Institute

The Executive Director Leadership Institute celebrated its

inaugural year, with 19 executive directors participating.

Led by the Community Foundation, the Institute brings

together skilled leaders from throughout the county to

help non-profit directors learn and grow.

Non-profits in Mendocino County have unique struggles

and new executives need a wide array of skills to succeed.

The Institute offers the opportunity to learn new leadership

skills, engage with a network of organizations, develop

deep relationships between participants, and explore ways

we can grow together as a community.

While excited to continue the momentum generated in the

first year of the Institute, due to the pandemic, we are

shifting to an interactive online webinar series for the

foreseeable future. By filling this critical need, especially

with the number of organizations experiencing leadership

turnover due to founding or long-time directors retiring,

the Institute will help to transition the leadership that will

determine the nature of Mendocino County’s non-profit

landscape in the future.


Hunger Express Poverty Fund

It has been a long-held dream of Carrie Brigham to

have her own fund at the Community Foundation, one

that is now realized. “When the Community Foundation

started 25 years ago, I remember telling (founder)

Bob Armanino, ‘One day I’ll have my own fund there

to help people in need,’” says Carrie. Food insecurity

has always been close to her heart, and it was a natural

fit for her to establish the Hunger Express Poverty Fund

to provide immediate and emergency hunger relief

for the homeless, hungry, food-insecure, and those

affected by natural disasters in Mendocino County.

“I’ve prepared meals for over 50,000 people since 2013,”

she says. “On Christmas day I walk the rails and hand

out sandwiches. As a result, I know almost every person

experiencing homelessness in our community. Because I

talk to them and feed them, I let them know they are

important and someone cares.” Carrie embraces

generosity and kindness every day, and her heartfelt

acts of giving not only impact people now but will

ripple decades into the future.

“Even if I only make an inch of difference, I want to

leave my community a better place and want to

continue to grow my fund,” she says. For this

reason, Carrie became a Partner in Philanthropy

(PIP) and has named the fund as a beneficiary of

her life insurance policy, ensuring it will grow

significantly upon her death. PIPs encourage

others to look toward the future and think about

ways they can create an enduring impact on the

causes they care about, and we are thrilled to

have Carrie among them.


Partners in Philanthropy are people who have arranged for a future gift to the Community Foundation through

their estate plans. Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) exists to acknowledge these individuals and to encourage others to do the

same. To become a PIP, you do not need to let us know what you are leaving to the Community Foundation, but we

encourage you to discuss the gift with us to make sure we have the information we need to comply with your wishes.

Thomas C. Adams and Donald W. Toppenberg

John Andreani

Judy Andreani

K. Andarin Arvola

Judith Bailey

Carole Wolff Barnes

Dan Baxter

Maureen Bowman

Carrie L. Brigham

Nick and Valerie Brownrigg

Renee Comte

Diane Daubeneck

Guilford and Gudrun Dye

Claire S. Ellis and Charles Greenberg

Roger Foote and Holly Brackmann

Katie Gibbs

Tony and Mary Anne Graham

Jill Hannum

Kenneth J. Hoek, MD and Brenda Zelda Hoek, RN

Terri D. Hudson and Jay Hudson

Tina and Jeremy Isenberg

Gwen and Bill Jacobson

E. Jantzen and R. Romelli

Ron and Millie Jensen

Lynne Frances Johnson

Valerie Johnson

John Knapp and Laura Levin

Ruth and Lee Lowery

Sandy Mailliard

Lorna Maslenikov

Judith and Robert Mathey

Jim and Babbie Mayfield

Sallie McConnell Costello

Dennis McCarthy and John Whitcomb

Amaryllis Verne McHenry

Melody Merriman

Jim and Arlene Moorehead

Charles "Mike" Morgan

Arthur Morley

Susanne and Richard Norgard

Thomas F. Parducci

Diane Pauli

Steve and Jan Pearson

J. Terry Pittman and Ida B. Pittman

Julie and Raven Price

Juanita-Joy and Michael Riddell

Ginny Rorby

Janet Rosen and Stuart Kremsky

Patricia Scott

Francine and Ron Selim

Paul R. and Linda M. Shimmin

Kendall Smith

Paul and Amy Soderman

Patrick Taylor

Benj Thomas and Susan Baird

Patti E. Williams

Former estate plan donors whose gifts in 2019-2020 are now leaving a lasting mark on Mendocino County:

Christopher Lo Pinto • Marcia Rautenstrauch • Donna Vaiano

Ways to Give

Retirement Plan Assets:

These assets are first-in-line for charitable consideration since they are

taxable to your heirs, but not to a charitable beneficiary such as

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (EIN 68-0330462). It is a simple

procedure to contact your plan administrator and add the Community Foundation as a beneficiary.

A Charitable Bequest from your Will or Living Trust:

Your attorney can add a provision to your will or trust naming the Community Foundation of Mendocino

County (EIN 68-0330462) for a specific dollar amount, a specific asset, or a percentage of your estate.

Life Insurance Policy:

You can name the Community Foundation as the primary or secondary beneficiary of the policy.


Our Board and Staff

2019-2020 Board Members (left to right):

Jim Taul, Zach Stephens, Tom Johnson, Monte Hill, Buck Ganter, Alan Falleri, Winston Bowen,

Judith Bailey, Kathy Wylie, Greg Nelson, Philip Thomas, Gayle Green, and Jim Mayfield

Not pictured: Paula Cohen and Dave Riemenschneider

Emeritus Board Members:

Robert Armanino, Hon. Conrad L. Cox, Sharon DiMauro, Guil Dye, Claire Ellis, James F. King,

John Knapp, Rudy Light, Jim Little, Lee Lowery, Ana Mahoney, Tom Montesonti,

Jim Moorehead, Thomas Parducci, Diane Pauli, Herb Pruett, Francine Selim, Santiago Simental,

Pearl Watts, and Dennis Wilson.


Megan Barber Allende, CEO

Carolyn Welch, Controller (outgoing)

John Hansen, Controller (incoming)

Allison Findley, Program Officer

Amy Lutz, Grants Administrator

Michelle Rich, Special Projects Manager

Neil DiBernardo, Administrative Manager

Rose Bell, Project Manager for Mendocino-ROC

and Communications Manager

Paloma Patterson, Census 2020 Consultant

Miranda Ramos, Census 2020 Consultant


photo: Peter Gordon

Condensed Statement of Financial Position

June 30, 2020

The following is a condensed presentation of the Statement of Financial Position.

The complete financial statements, as audited by JJACPA, Inc.

are available upon request and at www.communityfound.org.


Cash and cash equivalents $ 527,822

Other current assets 217,420

Investments 37,087,638

Property and equipment, net accumulated depreciation 586,922

Other assets 0

Total Assets 38,419,802


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 74,444

Other current liabilities 0

Other Liabilities 1,652,578

Liabilities to beneficiaries from split-interest agreements 378,987

Total Liabilities 2,106,009

Net Assets

Without donor restrictions 34,073,722

With donor restrictions 2,240,071

Total Net Assets 36,313,793

Total Liabilities and Net Assets $38,419,802

The Community Foundation is grateful for the partnerships which have offered operational support to underwrite this annual report.

Adventist Health • Anderson Valley Brewing Co. • Bailey’s • Café Beaujolais • Community First Credit Union • ComputAccount • Crane of Ukiah

FEG Investment Advisors • Susan Gordon, Artist • Scott R. Hodges, CLPF, RG • LPL Financial • Law Office of Mannon, King, Johnson & Wipf

MCHC Health Centers • Mendocino Forest Products • Jim Moorehead Photography • Nelson Family Vineyards • Penserra • Rainbow Ag

Savings Bank of Mendocino County • Seiler LLP • Selzer Loans and Investments • Sonoma Clean Power • and Valley Quail Vineyards.


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