Supporting organizations that care for the health and wellness of our community
Everyone needs care provided by compassionate, skilled and dedicated professionals who have access to the tools needed to best serve their community.
The Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that those who care for the health and wellness of our community are supported in their missions. Whether it is the hospital needing diagnostic equipment, the fire department needing new pagers or a mass vaccination clinic needing volunteers, MCHFoundation provides real-world support to fulfill these very real needs.
The generous support of our local and global communities – along with the dedication and commitment of the MCHFoundation Board, Staff and Volunteers – has enabled MCHFoundation to provide over $10M in direct grants that improve the health of our community and its visitors.
Growing our Mission
MCHFoundation began in 1984 as a nonprofit, charitable organization that could receive gifts from individuals, and other entities, to benefit the coastal hospital.
The Foundation received its first large gift, a land parcel from Georgia-Pacific Corporation, valued at over $1M, a great start to a long history of successful fundraising!
A year after MCHFoundation was formed, the organization planned its first fundraising event, Winesong, a full day celebration in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Friends gathered to enjoy music, wine, food and participate in a live auction, with the proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Artists, vendors, volunteers and supporters made the first Winesong such a success, that beyond the $30,000 raised, a tradition was born. Winesong has been celebrated ever since, with increased success, while also building a community over time and distance.
In the years since its founding, the MCHFoundation has grown to embrace a wider range of entities to support through grants. In order to better provide for the essential healthcare needs of our coastal community, MCHFoundation currently funds grants for the hospital, clinics, medical support and resource centers, volunteer fire departments, and any organization or program that cares for the health and wellness of our community.
Each year MCHFoundation provides direct grants to support critical healthcare projects, equipment or needs, as requested by our healthcare partners, and approved by the Foundation Board. That work continues with infusions of funding from grants, family foundations, private individuals and local businesses.