FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2022
Impact100 Sonoma Grants Record $335,500 to 14 Valley Nonprofits at Annual Celebration
SONOMA, Calif. — On Saturday afternoon, April 30, members of Impact100 Sonoma gathered at Vintage House to celebrate the awarding of grants to 14 valley nonprofits. Thirteen full Impetus Grants and one partial grant were awarded. For the first time since 2019, the annual ceremony for the women’s collective giving organization—one of the valley’s largest funders—was conducted in person.
The $335,500 in total funds allotted set a new annual giving record for Impact100 Sonoma, which now has more than 300 members. Grant recipients represented a broad range of nonprofit organizations serving residents of all ages and needs.
“We experienced an extraordinary level of interest this year, so we are thrilled to be able to award so many grants,” said Grants Oversight Chair Dana Simpson-Stokes. “We should all be proud to see the impact of our funding ripple through the community.”
Applicants submitted their grant proposals in January. Over the winter, Impact100 Grant Review Committees studied proposals, made site visits, and selected the finalists. Finalist organizations presented their proposals to the full Impact100 membership at a special in-person event on April 9, and online voting for grant recipients closed on April 22.
2022 Impetus Grant Recipients
• 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 the 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.)
“Valley nonprofits have an impressive history of adapting to meet the needs of the people they serve,” said Impact100 Sonoma Co-President Claudia Sims. “Similarly, our membership is growing to embrace the next generation of young philanthropic women who want to help our community thrive. We welcome women of all ages and life experience to join us.”
About Impact100 Sonoma: Women Giving As One
Founded in 2009 by Annette Lomont and Christine Dohrmann, Impact100 Sonoma is a women’s philanthropic organization that pools its funds to support nonprofits from Schellville to Kenwood. Its vision is to support a thriving Sonoma Valley by empowering women to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship while emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The first Impact100 chapter in California, Impact100 Sonoma is an affiliate of Impact100 Global and a member of the national Philanos network. The amount of funds it grants each year depends on the number of annual members, which now exceeds 300. One hundred percent of grant donations go directly toward the grants pool, maximizing the number of local funding opportunities. Each January, area nonprofits apply for grants. Impact100 member committees review proposals, make site visits, and select finalists. All members vote on recipients, and grants are awarded in the spring. In 2022, Impact100 Sonoma will grant a record $335,500 for a cumulative total since 2010 of $3,324,500, making it one of the valley’s largest funders. Impact100 Sonoma is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible. For more information, visit www.impact100sonoma.org or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 24, 2022
Impact100 Sonoma Announces 2022 Grants Cycle and Funding
Sonoma Valley nonprofit offers local women the opportunity to unite their voices and deepen impact in the community
January 24, 2022, Sonoma Valley, CA…… Impact100 Sonoma is a women’s collective giving organization that pools its funds to support nonprofits from Schellville to Kenwood. Impact100’s mission is to support a thriving Sonoma Valley as well as empower local women to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through giving and responsible stewardship, while emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion. On Saturday January 22, Impact100 members gathered virtually over Zoom for their Annual Meeting to hear presentations from the organization’s Co-Presidents, Treasurer, Grants Chair, and Membership Chair. The Membership Chair revealed Saturday that, with increased membership and additional donations, Impact100 Sonoma would be giving a total of $335,500 to local Sonoma Valley nonprofit organizations during the 2022 grants cycle.
“I am so proud to announce that our 2022 grant pool is the highest annual grants pool in our organizations’ history and the community needs it more than ever,” said Sarah Carroll, Impact100 Sonoma Membership Chair. “Our group of 311 members is growing every year, and now we can give more funding and support to our local nonprofits so they can attain their goals of serving Sonoma Valley.”
Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 has granted almost $3 million dollars to local nonprofits, making it one of the Valley’s largest funders. By the end of this calendar year, Impact100 will have distributed $3,324,500 of grant funds. The amount of funds that Impact100 can put toward grants depends on the number of members who join each year. 100% of grant donations go directly towards the grants pool in order to offer funding opportunities to the most nonprofit applicants as possible. For this new calendar year 2022, grant applications will be due January 27.
“For the second year in a row, Impact100 will be awarding Impetus Grants of up to $25,000 to each nonprofit selected,” said Dana Simpson-Stokes, Grants Committee Chair. “The Impetus Grants were originally conceived as a response to the additional obstacles local nonprofits faced as a result of the pandemic and allowed Impact100 to spread out grant funds more broadly. We are thrilled that we can award the grants earlier this year at the Awards Celebration on April 30 which is open to the public to celebrate the nonprofits and their work.”
Other key highlights of the Impact100 Annual Meeting included the introduction of twelve NextGen leaders. These women will work to increase membership with younger women and explore ways to innovate with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Impact100 members learn about and serve the nonprofits in the community by working on committees that focus on Grant applications and the study of the local nonprofits; membership engagement and recruiting; communications and marketing, and more. There is also the opportunity based on the proposals and presentations by the finalists to support the organization’s mission by simply voting on the nonprofit applicants. With additional members, Impact100 will be able to help more nonprofits address their current obstacles and challenges as well as work towards their goals of long-term sustainability.
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Impact100 Sonoma is a member of Philanos