It is our privilege to present a special section that includes full pages devoted to the incredible stories of some of the North Bay’s leading nonprofits along with profiles of the 19 recipients of the Journal’s third annual Community Philanthropy Awards.

The philanthropy awards recipients represent a range of organizations from small to the region’s largest. Each has a unique story to tell.

Clear Blue Commercial organized “Mulchstock” to save 2.6 million gallons of water a year by replacing water-hungry lawns with drought-loving landscaping.

On the United Way of the Wine Country Day of Caring, 400 employees of Keysight Technology volunteered — one third to the participants in this event — completing 26 projects for nonprofits.

Over the past decade, Russian River Brewing Co.’s Natalie and Vinne Cilurzo have raised $550,000 to support Sutter Health breast cancer services in Santa Rosa, including $143,000 in 2015 alone.

These are just a few of the incredible stories of generosity from our award recipients.

The true measure of a business community is how it shares its success with those in need, whether it is shelter, education or exposure to the arts. The 2016 Business Journal-Exchange Bank Community Philanthropy Awards recipients should inspire all of us to continue to raise up our communities to even greater heights.

Congratulations to all involved.

—Brad Bollinger, publisher

Community Philanthropy Award-winners this year:

  • Arrow Benefits Group
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Marin
  • Clear Blue Commercial
  • Dan Smith of Sonoma West Medical Center
  • Ghilotti Construction Company and The dg Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Jackson Family Wines
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Nelson Staffing
  • North Bay Association of Realtors
  • Petaluma Health Care District
  • Pisenti & Brinker LLP
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Russian River Brewing Company
  • Summit State Bank
  • Terra Firma Global Partners

List of North Bay charitable events, March 2016-March 2017