Foundation Moves into a New Era

For the entirety of 2021, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation was undergoing a transformation as leaders “reimagined” how it could be successful in the pandemic and beyond.

Outwardly it might have seemed dormant, but much work was ongoing behind the scenes as a task force of four members of the Board of Directors – Chairman Dennis Landis, Scott Reynolds, Al Shaw and Bill Fell – convened with NorthBay President and CEO B. Konard Jones to set a new path for a newly constituted fundraising arm of the health system.

More than a year after the retirement of the former Foundation president, the group focused on several key components of an ambitious reorganization:

  • Rewriting and updating the bylaws;
  • Recruitment of a new Foundation leader with the tools and a vision for post-COVID philanthropy;
  • Reconstituting a smaller Board of Directors, reflective of the community and the health system, laser-focused on fundraising; and
  • Identifying how and when to resume the two keynote Foundation fundraising events, the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, Open That Bottle Night, and the NorthBay Golf Classic..
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In 2021, the Foundation continued to receive donations from employees, grateful patients, the general public and loyal benefactors. Susan Cianci, program coordinator, provided organizational stability by overseeing daily operations, donations and liaison work with the NorthBay Guild, which remained inactive due to the pandemic, but will return to service when it is safe.

As the year drew to a close, recruitment of a new Foundation president was nearing success with an announcement expected in early 2022.