Press Release: Stronger together: nonprofit merger encourages collaboration, community-building for upcoming Human Race

February 10, 2020

Linda Jacobs
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Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley
Director of Marketing & Communications

Stronger together: nonprofit merger encourages collaboration, community-building for upcoming Human Race

SANTA ROSA, CA – In 2019, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County merged with Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) in order to better serve the growing needs of local nonprofits and volunteers. The Sonoma Human Race and the Bay Area Human Race will be combining efforts in 2020. With the tagline “stronger together,” the events have collectively raised more than $25M for nonprofits, schools, and community groups.

“This event is all about bringing the community together for collaborative fundraising,” said CEO Linda Jacobs. “Organizations that participated in CVNL’s Bay Area Human Race in the past are encouraged to sign up for the Sonoma County Human Race to fundraise and raise awareness for their causes.”

Nonprofits, schools, and community groups can raise much needed funds for their organizations. Businesses support nonprofits, schools, and community groups by sponsoring or participating in the Race. Individuals can choose to fundraise for a nonprofit, or nonprofits, that they care about. The new Human Race website is live and features a wide array of nonprofits:

Race day features a fun and energizing 10K or 3K run/walk/roll, including music, kids’ activities, a dog walk, a Community Village, and a pancake breakfast. The event is open to everyone — and the entire community is invited to participate.

Nonprofits and businesses can exhibit at the Community Village and share more about their work with the public. Visit to learn more and sign up.

“We’re super excited about the new website,” said Human Race Coordinator Dawn Bell. “Organizations will be able to set up their own pages, then recruit donors and participants to support their teams. We handle all of the logistics so organizations can focus 100% of their energy on fundraising.”

The event web page presents comprehensive information, tools, and resources for teams and participants. Visit to learn more and get involved.

About CVNL and VCSC: Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) joined forces on July 10, 2019 to better meet the growing needs of nonprofits in Northern California. For over 50 years, CVNL and VCSC have advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching and services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more.