Since 1975, Petaluma Community Foundation has invested $4.5 million to change lives and strengthen our local community.
Petaluma Community Foundation began as an affiliate of the Petaluma Health Care District as the Petaluma Hospital District Foundation, and later, the Community Health Foundation of Greater Petaluma. In the 1970s and 80s, the foundation provided support for Petaluma Valley Hospital’s emergency room, mammography and cardiac equipment, paramedic programs, Hospice, and a variety of community health services. In the 1990s, the foundation shifted its focus from the hospital to the nonprofits of the greater Petaluma area, supporting parenting and nutrition programs, child abuse and domestic violence prevention, and core services for the elderly. In the 2000s, the number one priority became the affordability and accessibility of basic health care, with over $1.2 million granted to the Petaluma Health Center - our community's award-winning Federally Qualified Health Center.
In 2009, for the first time, PCF hired its own dedicated staff, Executive Director Marilyn Segal, who streamlined our grant making program, cultivated close relationships with local nonprofit leaders, provided capacity building consultations to strengthen nonprofit performance, and launched PCF's first fundraising efforts. In 2012, PCF became an independent nonprofit organization. From 2009 through 2016, PCF prioritized funding for core nonprofit programs and services to improve the lives of youth, families, and seniors in our community, including through the Youth-At Risk Collaboration.
In 2016, PCF transitioned back into a volunteer board-led organization. After a thoughtful strategic planning process, the board envisioned building PCF to serve Petaluma in perpetuity through making grants to serve youth, families, and seniors; building nonprofit capacity; and mobilizing volunteers.