Rebuild NorthBay Foundation

Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine.

aka Rebuild NorthBay   |   Sonoma, CA   |  http://rebuildnorthbay.org

Mission

We are committed to the long term rebuilding of our region better, safer, greener, and faster.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Jennifer Gray Thompson

Main address

595 5th St West

Sonoma, CA 95476 USA

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EIN

82-3266893

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During a disaster, the focus of the world is on the challenges of recovery, but soon after the event ends, cameras leave and donations cease at the exact moment where survivors need the most help. Recovering from a federally declared disaster is a long term process -- between 7-10 years if an area is very fortunate; 20-30 years if resources are scarce. Most people are familiar with the need for short term relief for survivors, however very few are aware the needs of survivors grow with time and there are very few nonprofits that work in long term recovery to meet that need. It can take 1-2 years before a survivor can even begin to think about rebuilding. Why? Trauma often accompanies disaster and rebuilding is a very stressful, complicated process. It is critical to have a dedicated organization who will listen and respond to the needs of fire survivors until every family is home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RiseUp Community Impact Grants Program

The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program was created to further our mission in support of the long-term rebuilding of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With our primary focus being fire survivors and/or organizations serving the fire affected communities of Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, the program makes grants to fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, we are committed to the long term disaster recovery for the north bay counties of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino. We are also determined to pay our lessons forward so no community must reinvent recovery.

Our vision is to rebuild the north bay better, safer, greener, and faster. We accomplish this mission through coordination, collaboration, and advocacy.

Our goal is to ensure rebuilders, businesses, and the pubic sector are supported through this entire long term process.

Our number one strategy is to ask, "What do you need and how can we help?" The answers are what guides our work plan.

Coordination, Collaborative and Strategic Partnerships:

Disaster recovery absolutely hinges on the ability to form partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to tackle big problems. No single sector can get as much done as when we work together. For example, when we found the funding to replace the Hopper Ave Walls for Coffey Park (a neighborhood that lost 1400 homes), we worked with the neighborhood group. The residents chose the material, design and contractor. We managed the funds; they managed the project. The rebuilders saved $650K and they got a fire rated wall surrounding their homes. Similarly, we replaced a mile of common fencing for two other neighborhoods, saving rebuilders $475K and they chose the design and materials. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity to oversee the fund and volunteers.

We coordinate and convene in order to fill gaps in communication, rebuilder needs, etc. We are the fiscal sponsor for several organizations that are helping rebuild or supporting rebuilders.

Our board of directors is comprised of the top leadership in our region from the business, nonprofit, healthcare, education, tribal, and agricultural sectors. The diversity of perspective combined with the depth of talent of our board allows us to access information and resources. We are innovative because we are a brand new model for collaborative recovery post-disaster.

We operate with a very small staff of three people, but we have networks that extend locally, regionally, and nationally. We leverage our relationships into collaborative partnerships focused on getting big projects done for our community in recovery. We believe every effort to coordinate with multiple stakeholders to achieve goals is worth the staff time required because our rebuilding community is working very hard to remain in the north bay and we must meet with energy and commitment.

We are extremely proud of the work we are doing at Rebuild NorthBay Foundation. After an unprecedented natural disaster, RBNF has stepped into a critical role to help rebuild the North Bay better, safer, greener, and faster. We believe we can leap forward as a region while addressing previous issues – including a dearth of workforce and affordable housing. We intend to be a model region for rebuilding and believe this is possible as we work in lockstep with our public officials, private sector, nonprofit community, and (most importantly) our friends and neighbors who have lost everything, but found a resilient community spirit.
Our work is driven by the central question: “What do you need and how can we help?” Everything we do is in direct response to what the community has identified as unmet needs. We do not decide the agenda of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation: we listen to the community and then we work to create the change they want to see. We are creating positive changes in the lives of our community and will continue to do so until every last family is home.
We are especially proud to have kept our promises to the community during our one year in existence.
1. Website with Resource Library was launched on October 8, 2018. The board made a significant investment because they understood that information is an incredibly vital aspect of our recovery and rebuild.
2. Advocacy: We do not set the agenda nor do we advocate on our behalf. Instead, we support our public officials and elected officials through supporting their asks. We are proud of our work here and the impact on the entire region. Advocacy is very impactful, but only uses between 2-4% of our resources.
3. Collaboration: Additionally, we worked with community groups in the Coffey Park, Larkfield and Mark West neighborhoods to replace their common perimeter fencing and walls destroyed along with more than 1500 homes. Without the collaborative efforts of the public, private and nonprofit sectors – including Rebuild NorthBay as the leading convener -- these immense unmet needs would fall on the financial backs of our most affected residents: those who have already lost everything.
4. Disaster Preparedness: We collaborated with Friedman’s Home Improvement, Kaiser, Comcast, PG&E, CalOES, FEMA, County of Sonoma, and the County of Napa to compile and distribute 5,000 GO Bags across all four counties. The bags were distributed according to the wishes of each community, from seniors to the homeless population, to fire affected neighborhood and nonprofit groups, to Latino orgs, and more.
5. Incubate Innovation: In 2019, our Board approved an allocation of $50K in 2020 to support Taking Action to Reduce Wildfire Hazards"
The Taking Action Initiative is a regional and collaborative public-private effort focused on advancing climate adaptation and forest health strategies to reduce wildfire risks and related life and property losses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, We collaborate and listen to community groups,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We serve the fire affected region of Napa, Lake, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. The needs of our community constantly changes as we move through our recovery. We always ask for updates to the questions, "What do you need and how can we help?" One area of concern from fire affected communities is reduction of fuel load on public and private property. Residents and public officials want to reduce the risk without sacrificing the view shed and natural beauty of our wildlands. In response, RNBF allocated 50K in funding to incubate a new program: Taking Action to Reduce Wildfire Hazards: a regional and collaborative public-private effort focused on advancing climate adaptationand forest health strategies to reduce wildfire risks and related life and property losses.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rebuild NorthBay Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judy Coffey, RN

Michael Mondavi

Folio Fine Wines

Henry Hansel

Hansel Auto Group

Lisa Carreno

United Way of Wine Country

Judy Coffey

Retired, CEO Sonoma Marin Kaiser Permanente

Larry Florin

Burbank Housing

Dr. Lisa Micheli

Pepperwood Preserve

Cynthia Murray

North Bay Leadership Council

Dr. Robert Eyler

Sonoma State University

Jack Buckhorn

North Bay Labor Council

Jesse Katz

Devil Proof Wines

Jake Kloberdanz

One Hope Wines

Brian Bottari

Comcast Universal

Michele Rahmn

Coffey Strong

Sonu Chandi

Chandi Hospitality Group

Reno Franklin

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians

Elizabeth Gore

Hello Alice

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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