We recognize that community-wide commitment is critical to sustaining early childhood services.
As a trusted, county-wide leader in early childhood issues, we maximize our impact, by prioritizing grantmaking with the potential for matching state funds, inspiring other funders to support key initiatives, and helping organizations build the capacity they need to secure future funding.
We have engaged dozens of funding partners who have invested millions of dollars in First 5-funded programs and priority efforts.
We have formed strategic partnerships with a long list of local funders, including:
United Way, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Catholic Charities, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Healdsburg Education Foundation, and the John Jordan Foundation
Each year, we work with other funders and grantees to leverage First 5 dollars to further support our programs and priorities. In 2012-13, we leveraged $1.9 million.
Beginning in 2014, we have engaged the Sonoma County Funder’s Circle, convening ten funding organizations to generate financial support and collective commitment to early childhood programs.
We promote policies and interventions that are prevention-focused and evidence-based. We closely partner with the County Board of Supervisors on the Upstream Investments Policy. We assist all of our funded programs in applying to the Upstream portfolio, increasing their visibility in the community and ability to communicate the effectiveness of their program to attract further funding.