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The Petaluma Sunrise Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was incorporated in the state of California in 2010. The foundation is funded primarily by a fund raiser called the Sonoma County Backroad Challenge in partnership with the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise.

Since 2011 this event has netted close to $200,000. For info on Backroad Challenge The net proceeds of this event over the years has created funds to support the greater Petaluma community and its non-profits.

This includes but is not limited to the following local organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs, COTS, Petaluma People Services, and Mentor Me Funds have also been used to support local schools plus a community wide dictionary project in collaboration with all local Rotary Clubs that provides a new dictionary to all 3rd graders annually.

Lend a Hand is also a citywide Rotary project that provides mini grants to individual teachers and classrooms for special projects that normally could not be done otherwise. The foundation has also supported the Casa Grande High School called Outdoor Learning Environment Classroom. Over $30,000 has already been spent on this project alone.

Other local projects include Rebuilding Together, free family annual Easter Egg Hunt and food drives for families in need.

Some of these net proceeds have been used internationally as well. Helping build schools, ensure clean water and sanitation projects in the Dominican Republic. Some of these funds are also being using to assist Rotary International with shelters for victims of human trafficking.

The Petaluma Sunrise Foundation’s vision is to continually support the good work of the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise and to build a long term reserve fund that will grow to be large enough to support even larger more impactful projects both locally and internationally.

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