The 2021 Human Race has been cancelled



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2021 Sonoma County Human Race Cancelled

Difficult circumstances force the cancellation of the annual  nonprofit fundraising event 

12/18/20, Sonoma County, CA — Due to the continued concern for the health and safety of local nonprofits, employees, and the community at large, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has made the difficult decision not to hold the Sonoma County Human Race in 2021.

The Sonoma County Human Race was forced to cancel its in-person event last May and quickly pivoted to a virtual format due to overwhelming health concerns brought about by the global pandemic. Since that time, CVNL has been staying informed about changes in public events, virtual fundraising, and all forms of event programing in the hope that the 2021 event would be the biggest and best in its 40-year history.

CVNL’s goal is to relaunch the Sonoma County Human Race in 2022, and believes that our community of nonprofits, businesses, and individual fundraisers will once again come together to run, walk, or roll in this exciting and meaningful event.  

“Nonprofits that have raised funds over the course of the event’s history have had to learn new ways to meet their fundraising goals in 2020,” said Dawn Bell, Special Events Coordinator at CVNL. “To help support them, CVNL will continue to share resources and develop training around online fundraising and virtual event production. We appreciate everything that nonprofits are doing: together we can help our communities stay safe, informed, and connected.”

In addition to providing resources, training, and other services to support nonprofits in Sonoma County and beyond, CVNL is busy in the disaster recovery space. In Sonoma, Marin, Solano, and Napa Counties, CVNL operates Emergency Volunteer Centers, working with government and nonprofit agencies to gather and assess community needs on an ongoing basis when a disaster strikes. Their role is to oversee and manage spontaneous volunteers and physical and monetary donations, distributing them to nonprofit agencies helping individuals directly affected.

How you can help:

  • Volunteer: Please visit our website and register for urgent volunteer needs in your community:
  • Donate: Monetary donations are currently being accepted by CVNL and will be distributed to the community. Those wishing to make a monetary donation can do so online:

For nonprofits:

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About CVNL
For over 50 years, CVNL 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 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.