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2022 Impetus Grant Recipients 

Impact100 Sonoma continues their adopted new Impetus Grants Model for 2021 - awarding up to $25,000 to more than a dozen nonprofits rather than one large $100,000 grant.

  • 10,000 Degrees: $25,000 to fund a graduate-fellow advisor for low-income high-school students seeking college admission and financial aid
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley: $24,990 to establish on-site individual and group mental health services for youth facing unprecedented challenges and trauma
  • Career Technical Education Foundation: $23,000 to fund integrated Ag-Engineering for Environmental Sustainability course at Sonoma Valley High School
  • Ceres Community Project: $25,000 to support delivery of healthy, medically tailored meals and nutrition advice to Sonoma Valley clients with chronic illness
  • Kid Scoop News: $25,000 to continue support for a bilingual Parent Engagement Coordinator for facilitating family literacy and home reading activities
  • La Luz Center: $25,000 to develop "Adventura Artistica" creative arts and nature programming for Latinx youth
  • On the Move: $25,000 to bring LGBTQ supportive programming to middle-school youth
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank: $25,000 to continue essential food distribution at 13 Sonoma Valley sites
  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY): $25,000 to provide on-site grief services at Sonoma Valley schools
  • Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS): $25,000 to continue providing meals and human connection to the Valley's growing number of hungry and homeless
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: $25,000 to subsidize preschool for low-income students, including those with learning disabilities
  • Valley Vibes Orchestra (ViVO): $25,000 to bring a new intensive strings program to Dunbar Elementary School
  • Vintage House: $25,000 to support the MyRide program, providing free, door-to-door transportation for seniors unable to drive

Unrestricted Partial Grant Recipient

•   Ruthless Kindness: $12,510 to bring mobile veterinary services to Sonoma Valley for pets of domestic abuse victims. (This proposal received the next highest amount of votes once all grant funds were allotted.)

2021 Impetus Grants Model 

Impact100 Sonoma adopted a new Impetus Grants Model for 2021 - awarding up to $25,000 to more than a dozen nonprofits rather than one large $100,000 grant.

  • Boys and Girls Club Sonoma Valley: $20,000 to support their merger with Teen Services Sonoma to consolidate both organizations' successful teen programs under one roof.
  • Cancer Support Sonoma: $5,786.36 unrestricted partial grant to help them maintain their existing space.
  • Ceres Community Project: $25,000 to support delivery of healthy, medically-tailored meals to low-income Sonoma Valley clients with chronic illness.
  • Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH): $25,000 to augment the rental an utility fund of FISH in order to provide assistance to vulnerable families.
  • Kid Scoop News: $25,000 to support continued publication of monthly bilingual reading skills newsletter and a Parent Outreach and Engagement Coordinator to facilitate family interactions with young readers.
  • La Luz Center: $24,505.64 to provide a tech device lending library for clients taking online classes and to establish a digital lab at La Luz to increase much needed online access.
  • Social Advocates for Youth: $25,000 to increase the hours of SAY's homeless outreach and prevention team which engages with and obtains services for homeless and housing insecure youth in Sonoma Valley.
  • Sonoma Ecology Center: $25,000 to provide critical environmental learning through school classes, paid student leadership opportunities and summer programs.
  • Sonoma Overnight Support: $25,000 to provide meals and human connection for the hungry and homeless in Sonoma Valley.
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: $25,000 to partially support an expanded summer program for the most critical educational needs of elementary school children in Sonoma Valley.
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance: $25,000 to help cover costs of maintaining mentoring centers, programs and staff at SV schools so mentors can provide social and emotional support for our most vulnerable youth.
  • Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra: $24,708 to expand the successful ViVO Youth Orchestra into Sonoma Valley High School for the first time.
  • Vintage House: $25,000 to provide 350-450 nourishing meals per week for six months for seniors with limited means.

Sonoma Valley Organizations Receiving Unrestricted Trust-Based Grants in 2020

Important Information about Impact100 Sonoma's 2020 Grants

In early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down, our grants process had moved to the second phase (site visits). We were prevented by public health restrictions from conducting site visits, effectively ending the traditional grants process. In addition, we understood that the proposals we received in January may no longer be applicable or align with applicants’ current needs or priorities. 

At Impact100 Sonoma, we believe in trust-based philanthropy and the idea that the nonprofits would know the right things to do with our grant money.  Thus, based on the review of options and recommendation of the Grants committee members, committee chairs and the Grants Chairs, the board decided to make unrestricted grants to all of the distinct applicants that had reached the second stage of our process.

 On March 25, the Board granted $13,170 to each of the 23 organizations below:
  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Audubon Canyon Ranch
  • Becoming Independent
  • Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)
  • Jack London Park Partners
  • Kid Scoop News
  • La Luz
  • North Bay Children's Center
  • On the Move
  • Pets Lifeline
  • Social Advocates for Youth
  • Sonoma Ecology Center
  • Sonoma Land Trust
  • Soroptimists International Sonoma
  • Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS)
  • Square Peg
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring 
  • Sweetwater Spectrum
  • Teen Services Sonoma
  • Transcendence Theatre Company
  • Valley Vibes Orchestra
  • Vintage House

Note: There is no distinction between Impact and Community Grant Applicants in this list. Grantees are listed alphabetically.

$100,000 Impact Grant Recipients


Sonoma Valley Community Health Center - Vision Clinic

Finalist Grants, $10,000 each:

  • Pets Lifeline
  • Challenge Sonoma Adventures Ropes Course
10th Anniversary Grant--$50,000

Vintage House - Program Expansion


La Luz Center - Computer Literacy and Employment Services

Finalist Grants, $10,000 each:

  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
  • Sustainable Sonoma


Sonoma Land Trust – Sonoma Development Center Land Protection Project

Finalist Grants of $10,000 In Unrestricted Funds:

  • Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4C’s)
  • La Luz Center


10,000 Degrees – 10,000 Degrees Institute Sonoma Valley Expansion

Finalist Grants, $20,000 each:

  • Becoming Independent
  • Pets Lifeline
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance


On The Move – Sonoma Valley Parent University

Finalist Grants, $20,000 each:

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Audubon Canyon Ranch2014


Redwood Empire Food Bank – Diabetes Wellness Project of Sonoma Valley

Finalist Grants, $20,000 each:

  • Sonoma Land Trust
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation – Smart Start: Preschool for All in Sonoma Valley

Finalist Grants, $20,000 each:

  • Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation
  • WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center


La Luz Center – Strengthening Families & the Community

Finalist Grants, $13,375 each:

  • Sonoma Community Center
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance


Sonoma Valley Teen Services – Skills for Life Program


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley – College Bound Program

Finalist Grants, $2,500 each:

  • Sonoma Ecology Center
  • Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
  • WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center

Community Grant Recipients


Art Escape 

$20,000: expand their Teen Art Lounge to every summer Friday and two Fridays a month during the 2019/20 school year.

Ceres Community Project 

$20,000: prepare 5,500 organic medically-appropriate meals for 30 low-income families who have a seriously ill family member, and offer bi-lingual nutrition education and resources through the Community Health Center.

Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course, in collaboration with Sonoma Valley Youth and Family Services 

$14,500: relocate and rebuild the four low elements (under 2 feet high) of the Ropes Course, used primarily by younger, less experienced students from the now-closed Sonoma Developmental Center to Hanna Boys Center.

Community Matters 

$19,500: Safe Schools Ambassadors program to train up to 120 student leaders and 18 adults at three public schools to become adept at defusing incidents of mistreatment and improve school atmosphere, attendance and performance.

Flowery Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, in collaboration with Flowery Elementary School 

$20,000: installation of a new playground structure to replace the present damaged and rusty 30-year-old structure, giving students and the local community a safe up-to-date place to play and learn.

Legal Aid of Sonoma County

$20,000: provide on-site Sonoma Valley assistance to low-income families, seniors and immigrants threatened with eviction, price gouging and irresponsible landlords in order to keep them safely housed in our community.

North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council (NCRCDC)

$20,000: implement the Waste Wizard project at four local schools that have been on a waitlist. State law requires school districts to recycle organic wastes but does not provide funds to do so.

Teen Services Sonoma

$20,000: expand the proven Ready to Work (RTW) program to La Luz Center and Boys and Girls Clubs, increasing RTW courses from five to seven and providing services to 40 additional youth.


Becoming Independent
$20,000: To increase their per-client
dollar amount to $150/day and to help
fund/expand client-selected activities such as field trips, classes,
supplies and activities.

Cancer Support of Sonoma
$20,000: For the Patient Assistance Fund to help clients dealing with
cancer receive low-fee complementary therapies that are rarely covered by insurance.

Jack London Park Partners
$15,970: Expanding the successful pilot program that offers an in-depth investigation of ecosystem dynamics and bio-diversity to all Sonoma Valley 7th graders in fall 2018.

Kenwood Education Foundation
$10,030: To fund KIDS (Kenwood Investing in Dynamic Students) enrichment programs for the 2018-19 school year after the 2017 fires prematurely ended the annual KIDS fundraising campaign.

Redwood Empire Food Bank
$20,000: Providing more than 133,300 pounds of fresh produce to food-insecure neighbors in Sonoma Valley.

Sebastiani Theatre Foundation
$20,000: Funding 83 scholarships for Latino youth of low-income families to attend Sebastiani's after-school and summer performing arts camps.

Sonoma Community Center
$20,000: To upgrade aged and outdated safety features, and increase accessibility, in the historic 102-year building.

Sonoma Overnight Support
$20,000: Expanding its free Day Services program to meet increased demand, and prevent it from having to cut back its hours.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
$20,000: Expanding, from 50+ to 100 Kindergarten - 12th grade students, of ViVO, an after-school and summer professional music instruction and orchestra program that serves many at-risk socio-economically disadvantaged youth.

Vintage House
$20,000: Funding an external study of the Sonoma Valley senior population to determine their current and future needs in order to inform Vintage House's future programs and services.


10,000 Degrees
$20,000: College Awareness Initiative pilot program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their parents at Altimira Middle School.

On The Move
$19,990: Expanding Parent University program (currently at El Verano and Sassarini Elementary Schools) to Flowery Elementary School.

Redwood Empire Food Bank
$20,000: fresh produce and healthy staple foods for low-income residents of Sonoma Valley who might otherwise go without adequate food and nutrition.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
$20,000: Expanding no-cost services to grieving youth in Sonoma Valley and increase parent education and youth engagement.

Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards
$10,000: Repair damage from erosion and overuse on Sonoma's Overlook Trail.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
$20,000: Expanding the Jump Into Reading! summer intervention program to improve reading proficiency for students in grades K-3.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (SVMA)
$20,000: Continuation of Road Map to Your Future program, providing valuable career exploration opportunities to 240 of Sonoma Valley's most at-risk youth.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
$8048: Upgrades to eight Mentor Centers.

Teen Services Sonoma (TSS)
$19,845: Expanding Ready to Work program with Building Vocational Skills for Success program, offering construction-related skills development.

Teen Services Sonoma
$14,344: Equipment and supplies purchasing to upgrade hospitality programs at TSS's Lovin’ Oven and Sonoma Valley High School's No Name Cafe.


Ceres Community Project
$15,000: Continuation of Healing Meals for Healthy Communities program, serving families and individuals struggling with serious illness.

Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)
$15,000: Rental assistance to Sonoma Valley residents in need.

La Luz Center
$15,000: Providing low-income Latinos with free, bi-lingual employment counseling, computer classes and ongoing technology literacy assistance.

Pets Lifeline
$15,000: Expansion of spay/neuter capabilities so that all sterilization surgeries can be performed at the shelter.

Redwood Empire Food Bank

$15,000: Expanding weekly distribution of fresh produce to approximately 300 low-income seniors, families and individuals in Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma Community Center
$10,000: Replacing 30-year-old community gas kiln with a safer kiln to help expand their ceramics program.

Sonoma Ecology Center
$2,316: Funding for training teen EnviroLeaders in urban tree planting/care and community survey techniques to help enhance the Springs.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
$2,316: Funds to support overnight college field trips for students enrolled in their engineering and agriculture academies.

Teen Services Sonoma
$15,000: Launching a welding program in conjunction with Hanna Boys Center as the first in a series of programs to prepare youth for construction sector jobs.

$2,316: Continuation of Youth Empowerment and Support program, educating children and youth to identify, prevent and report sexual violence.

Vintage House
$15,000: Expansion of their senior transportation project (LIMO) that provides free, local rides for life-enhancing purposes.


Becoming Independent
$15,000: Purchasing a new vehicle to transport clients with developmental disabilities to work and volunteer sites.

Ceres Community Project
$15,000: Planning with Sonoma Valley organizations to address nutritional needs for patients after they have been released from a hospital stay.

La Luz Center
$15,000: Computer literacy workshops and employment counseling at El Verano Community School for low-income Latino adults.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
$15,000: Purchase of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning tools for their mentoring centers.

Jack London Park Partners
$15,000: Funds to organize volunteers in invasive species removal in the park and to involve at-risk youth in specific restoration projects.

Community Matters
$15,000: To institutionalize the Safe School Ambassador program (an early-intervention program focusing on communication and conflict resolution) at Adele Harrison and Altimira Middle Schools.

$15,000: Youth Empowerment and Support project at Sonoma Valley schools to aid students in preventing sexual violence.

4Paws Learning and Wellness Center
$2,200: Expansion of Sonoma Valley canine social therapy teams that provide comfort to healthcare patients and assist children struggling with reading.

Arts Guild
$15,000: To support a mobile arts education program at four elementary schools for 1,448 Sonoma Valley K-5 students.

Pets Lifeline
$800: Structural enhancements to their kennels and dog play area.


Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
$13,000: Equipment purchase for its dental clinic.

Sonoma Overnight Support
$15,000: Expansion of drop-in services for the growing number of homeless.

On the Move, in partnership with Sonoma Valley Unified School District and La Luz Center
$15,000: Developing a Parent University program designed for low-income, English-learning families.

Jack London State Park, in collaboration with Hanna Boys Center
$15,000: Pilot program to employ at-risk teens in an 8-week summer trail-restoration program.

Teen Services of Sonoma
$15,000: Walk-in refrigerator to expand the Lovin' Oven workspace.

Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH), in collaboration with Sonoma Overnight Support
$14,000: Severe weather shelter for the homeless of Sonoma Valley.

Ceres Community Project
$12,000: Expansion of Healing Meals for Healthy Communities program.


Becoming Independent
$5,000: Healthy Living class for those with developmental disabilities.

Bookmobile/Literary Arts Guild
$3,000: Steel carport vehicle shelter for Bookmobile.

Boys & Girls Club in collaboration with the City of Sonoma, La Luz Center and Social Advocates for Youth
$15,000: Action plan and coordinated effort focusing on gang prevention.

California Parenting
$15,000: Gang prevention parent support services and classes.

Ceres Community Project
$15,000: Healthy meals for seriously ill patients and families.

Hospice by the Bay
$8,500: Hospice suite within Sonoma Valley Hospital for end of life care.

On the Move/Voices
$15,000: Foster care transition support services for self-sufficiency.

Redwood Empire Food Bank
$15,000: Hub distribution for delivery of affordable food.


10,000 Degrees in collaboration with SV Education Foundation and SV Mentoring Alliance
$15,000: Collaboration to create a college-going culture from elementary to 12th grade.

Bookmobile/Literary Arts Guild
$3,250: Book supplies for the Bookmobile.

California Parenting
$15,000: Parent education classes for high risk families.

Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)
$15,000: Parking repaving, security camera and flooring.

Sonoma Overnight Support
$11,000: Replace linoleum and carpeting and upgrade bedroom storage.

Willmar Family Grief & Healing Center
$9,000: Supplies for on-the-go grief kits.


Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)
$15,000: Facility improvements.

Sonoma Ecology Center
$7,000: Electricity for Garden Park.

Sonoma Valley Health Care Center
$9,000: Equipment for two new exam rooms.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
$7,500: Girl's Empowerment Fund.

Women's Initiative for Self Employment (WISE)
$15,000: Microenterprise training.

Read more about the 2010 to 2013 grants.

Read more about the 2014 grants.

Read more about the 2015 grants.

Read more about the 2016 grants.


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