Our Purpose

To foster deep, collaborative relationships across people and organizations, cultivate professional and organizational excellence, and hold a shared vision for our sector


Our Story

In 2013, Wild Rivers Community Foundation launched its first “Brown Bag Lunch” gathering for nonprofits after hearing that many of them were not connected to each other nor in relationships with one another. The lunches continued for a couple years but lacked deep impact on the sector as a whole. However, the lunches did provide a strong foundation for nonprofits to move from being in trusted relationships with one another to actually working together to improve the health and well being of the entire nonprofit sector in Del Norte County.

Nonprofit leaders asked WRCF for support so they could better understand the current struggles and opportunities that Del Norte nonprofit organizations face. In the fall of 2016, Del Norte began a powerful journey toward change by listening deeply to the perspectives of local nonprofit executive directors, board chairs and community partners. The group found key insights that rang true for nonprofits across the sector and, together, they envisioned a brighter future for all nonprofits in Del Norte unified as the Del Norte Nonprofit Alliance.

With clear goals in mind to share resources and lift each other up, the Alliance applied for and received funding through BHC in 2017 to hire an official staff person to organize and lead the Alliance’s efforts from the WRCF office. The Alliance’s next step is to create a  “cafe” style back office support program in which members of nonprofit organizations can pick and choose the services they need, such as finance, human resources and grant seeking.



Nonprofit Alliance Steering Committee

Charlaine Mazzei, Del Norte Senior Center

Stephanie Wenning, Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness

Christine Slette, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Del Norte

Melodee Mitchell, Del Norte Child Care Council

Amira Long, Family Resource Center of the Redwoods

Wild Rivers Community Foundation Staff

Gina Zottola, Director

Keri Mosey, Nonprofit Alliance Coordinator

Jess Ortiz, Administrative Assistant

Member Directory


California Redwoods Art Association :  https://www.redwoodart.us/

CASA Del Norte:   https://www.casadn.org/

Community Assistance Network: https://www.shelterlistings.org/details/23242/

C-Scapes, Beach Drifts   - None

Del Norte Child Care Council   - https://www.dnccc.com/

Del Norte Community Health Center   - http://opendoorhealth.com/opendoor/

Del Norte County Library Foundation   - http://www.delnortecountylibrary.org/

Del Norte Economic Development Corporation

Del Norte Reads   - http://www.delnortecountylibrary.org/del-norte-reads

Del Norte Senior Center   - http://www.delnorteseniorcenter.org/

Del Norte Workforce Center   - http://www.dnwfc.org/

DNACA    - http://dnaca.net/

Downtown Divas   - https://www.downtowndivas.org/

Family Resource Center of the Redwoods   - http://www.delnorte.org/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

First 5 Del Norte   - http://www.delnortekids.org/about.html

Friends of Crescent City Harbor   - https://www.ccharbor.com/friends-of-the-harbor

Humane Society Del Norte   - http://www.humanesocietyofdelnorte.org/

Lighthouse Repertory Theatre   - https://lighthouserepertorytheatre.org/

Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings   - https://www.lynnshopehouseofnewbeginnings.com/contact

Marine Mammal Center   - http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Our Daily Bread Ministries   - None

Redwood Parks Conservancy   - https://redwoodparksconservancy.org/