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2018 Nonprofit Partners

The Nonprofit Partner Program is an outreach program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.  Each year since 2004 twelve nonprofit partners have been selected from nominations submitted byindividuals in our Spiritual Communitywho are either associated with a nonprofit or have benefited from the services of a nonprofit.  Nonprofits may not nominate themselves.  Nominations are received in the fall of each year.  

A committee meets to review the nominations, vet them to make sure they have a nonprofit tax ID number, and to ensure that the mission of the nonprofit is harmonious with the values and teachings of the Center for Spiritual Living.  From the nominations, twelve are selected, and each nonprofit is assigned a month of the year. During their assigned month, representatives of the nonprofit are invited to make a 2-minute presentation during all three of our Sunday morning services, and also to staff a table in our Social Hall with information about their work and volunteer opportunities.  

Each month, the Center for Spiritual Living sends a check to each of our 12 nonprofit partners. One-quarter of our annual 10% tithe money is set aside for ourNonprofit Partner Program.

The benefits of the program include connecting the individual givers of our community with programs in theworld that resonate with our Center’s teaching, as well as continuing education for our community about ongoing good work being done in the world, and the opportunities to volunteer for these organizations.  Rather than duplicate the workalready conducted by these organizations, we align ourselves with them and support their efforts in the world.

The Nonprofit Program selection process is not compelled by need, but by resonance with the teaching of our Center.  In other words, we do not select organizations because they are underfunded, but because they are doing work in the world that leads to individual empowerment, expressions of compassion,sharing of resources where needed,  the support of art and aesthetics, as well as other ideals expressed in the Global Vision of Centers for Spiritual Living.

Our nonprofit partners become a second family to us.  We are connected spiritually with others who are doing good work in the world.  We are truly living our principle of circulation and know this when our partners testify to the work they do as a result of our contributions.  We are deeply grateful to our wonderful community for supporting our center and these wonderful organizations.



10,000 Degrees The San Francisco North Bay’s leading college success nonprofit, 10,000 Degrees helps students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive personal support, academic counseling, and financial aid management, 86% of 10,000 Degrees 4-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31% nationally. Nominated by: Sue Carrell and Dianne Lloyd 

ArtStart (Start SoCo) ArtStart provides mentoring and job training to young artists (ages 15-21) while creating public art. Professional artists guide youth in presentation of designs for public art, and teach techniques such as mosaic, mural painting, and furniture decoration. Nominated by: Ambika Suzanne Saucy 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) CASA provides representation without charge to children between birth and age 21 who have been placed in custody of the court system. A CASA is assigned to a child by the judge and provides companionship and support during a time of turbulence and confusion. Nominated by: Cindy Collins 

Ceres Community Project Creating health for people, communities, and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation Nominated by: Erica Buonassisi 

Earle Baum Center Serves people with sight loss from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon Border. Nominated by: David Pearson 

Harold's Home; Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County CAP provides effective, evidence-based programs for the alleviation of the causes and conditions of poverty in Sonoma County. Their programs cover four major areas including Education Services, Community Engagement, Financial Stability, and Shelter & Housing Services. The agency is celebrating their 50th year of service and continues to provide services to over 9,000 individuals and children each year. Nominated by: Howard Daulton 

Hefferlin Foundation The Foundation was created and endowed through the generosity of John and Marian Hefferlin for the purpose of providing funds to promote the teaching of the Science of Mind philosophy, as formulated by Ernest Holmes, and to advance the growth and expansion of Science of Mind centers and churches. Nominated by: GIT 

Hands for Americas Hands for Americas works closely with U..S. based Hands for Global Health. They are dedicated to providing medical care and education (building schools) for impoverished indigenous communities in Panama and Honduras, working to strengthen these communities through sustainable practices. Nominated by: José Meza 

Kaleidoscope Child Foundation School development for children in Cambodia, Guatemala, India, and fresh water wells in remote villages. [Greatly expanded program since they were our nonprofit partner.] Nominated by: Jennifer Mann 

The Living Room Sonoma County’s only daytime drop-in center for homeless and at-risk of being homeless women and children Nominated by: Beverly Odell 

Transcendence Theater Kids Camp Led by Broadway Under the Stars cast and crewmembers, Transcendence Kids Camp helps build confidence, inspire creativity, and instill well-being in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. It’s an unforgettable experience that teachs lessons about theatre, and about life. Nominated by: GIT 

YWCA Sonoma County YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Sonoma County is ending domestic violence through awareness, education and empowerment. We engage in best practices around trauma informed services to ensure a model of upstream investments resulting in fewer incidents of Domestic Violence. The YWCA is the leading provider of domestic violence services in Sonoma County. Our role is to provide resources and support to victims and their families so they can heal, become self-sufficient, and create productive, healthy lives. Nominated by: Linda Lorentzen 





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