Max Rossi became the first elected Chair of the SCF Board of Directors in February 1995. As one of the twelve founding members in 1994, Max was enthusiastic about strengthening his community and a key force in forming the Solano Community Foundation. In March of 1996, the Foundation received its 501(c)(3) I.R.S. determination letter and fundraising began in earnest.
According to his wife Nancy, “Max started the Foundation because he saw a real need for it in Solano County, he really stressed the importance of keeping the money local, and for the need to help each other." From a few funds totaling $20,000 in 1997, SCF now holds over $12 million in fund assets (at 2/15/21). More than eighty six percent (86%) of assets held by the Foundation are permanently endowed monies.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the Founding members who were themselves visionaries and instrumental in establishing the Solano Community Foundation.
We thank our Founders, and all of men and women who served as a Board member and had a hand in governing SCF during the past 25 years,
The founding donors listed below represent a local base of supporters who were committed to establishing a community foundation in Solano County. The Founders' Club members are individuals or organizations who made a $15,000 investment in the Solano Community Foundation to benefit our communities. Their support combined with a generous matching grant from The David and Lucille Packard Foundation provided the start-up capital.
"The Foundation will forever be grateful to those individuals and businesses that have become and will remain a part of our history. The Founders' Club is a special group who care about making Solano County a better place to live." - Mike Conner, Member & previous Chair, SCF Board of Directors