Nonprofits should take heed
EDITOR: Earlier this month, the Sonoma Valley Fund released a report coming out of a study they commissioned to better understand the issues and challenges facing the Valley’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors (“Report: Sonoma Philanthropy Must Change,” May 16). The two main findings revealed: 1.) a disconnect between the scale of the challenges facing Sonoma Valley and the current capacity and capabilities of our local nonprofit sector; and 2.) a need to challenge donors and nonprofits alike to work smarter and more collaboratively.
With the very real threat of draconian cuts to government funding to meet community needs, the nonprofit sector will increasingly be called on to solve local problems. Building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and increasing local support is therefor more important than ever before.
Having worked for three decades to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, I see the potential before us, but will we rise up, and what will it take?
Sonoma Valley must break down barriers in our community and come together to craft a common vision and re-imagine a more effective way for the sector to flourish and meet changing needs. Further, we need donors and funders to move away from restricting their donations and to investing instead in core support. People are the backbone of any successful business. If nonprofit organizations cannot attract and retain effective leaders or invest in building their own capacity, they will continue to struggle to meet local challenges.
Sonoma Valley can heed the call of the Sonoma Valley Fund report if a broad cross-section of us comes together. I look forward to partnering with the SVF and others to advance this discussion and to developing a long-range plan that will excite a broad base to invest in not just the needs of today, but a vision for tomorrow.
Terri L. Miller
TLM Consulting, Sonoma
Alehouse of not-so-happy walls
EDITOR: I’m a little offended, just sayin.’
What’s with Cornerstone usurping the Jack London name to make a fey “London Taproom” (“Jack London Taproom Brewing at Cornerstone,” May 15)? The history of this legendary author does not belong to Sonoma. It doesn’t belong to Cornerstone. It belongs only to Glen Ellen and Oakland. London drank in Glen Ellen. He lived there, he wrote there, he watched the great fire of the ‘06 quake from Sonoma Mountain there. And for heck’s sake, he’s buried in Glen Ellen, not out in the boondocks at Cornerstone.
As for the “taproom,” Kenwood Investments’ counterfeit will suggest that London actually drank there. London drank at the Rustic Inn, at the London Lodge and other places in Glen Ellen. He did not drink at the London taproom. And London memorabilia belongs in a museum not used to sell craft beer.
I’m not an expert on London by any means. But I know bogus when I see it.
Hotel Project Sonoma will create gridlock
EDITOR: The biggest reason I have for opposition to the Hotel Project Sonoma EIR is resulting traffic gridlock. I have a hard time getting through on my bike (especially east-bound on Napa Street or going west on Broadway). With cars, trucks and buses it will be much worse, and dangerous as well.
Another acute reason in my view is the complete lack of affordable housing on the property for its “proposed” workforce, that violates state law.