OVER A DECADE
Everyone raised a glass in celebration of the season and another successful year of supporting our community.
Impact100 members and guests filled the large hall at Vintage House on December 6 to share the holiday spirit, catch up with old friends and welcome new ones. Every year it seems, the vision and commitment to a thriving Sonoma Valley that members share deepens everyone’s gratitude for our community and for our neighbors.
Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra played as members and guests arrived, then offered a special musical arrangement dedicated to Impact100 Sonoma.
One of the highlights of the event was a musical performance by 2018 Community Grant recipient Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra (ViVO), a nonprofit K – 12 program that offers intensive ensemble-based music lessons, fosters leadership and social-emotional skills, and community involvement. The $20,000 grant was made through the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation to support the expansion from 50+ to 100 students of the summer and after-school program that serves many at-risk socio-economically disadvantaged youth in Sonoma Valley.
ViVO Managing Director Klara Crean accepted appreciation and applause on behalf of the orchestra members.
At the close of 2018 there is much to be grateful for, including the nonprofit organizations that serve the inhabitants, environment and resources of Sonoma Valley. We also extend a big thank you to the volunteer bar tenders, super-chef Tracy Reynes, and all of the other members who worked so hard to make the annual Holiday Gathering such a joy to attend.
Impact100 members gathered at the Historic Maysonnave House on November 15 for an Introduction to Social Media Workshop led by member Ligeia Polidora who has 25+ years of experience in Public Relations and Marketing. The sold-out group was treated to an introduction to the basics of Facebook and Instagram. While most members were familiar with Facebook, Ligeia included important lessons on privacy settings, tagging, hashtags, and some of the more nuanced options on that platform. The discussion of Instagram was captivating to the attendees as only a handful had experience with that app. Attendees were polled as to their interest in follow-up workshops. Based on their enthusiasm, stay tuned for a follow-up lesson that will include Twitter in 2019!
Guest Chris Villalovoz, Sarah Carroll, guest Clare Yeakel and Melissa Parker
Impact100 members and their guests were dazzled by the welcome extended to them on November 7 by The Panel owners Dar and Charlie Rhodes and their daughter Zoë, manager of the wine, beer and espresso lounge.
Lisa Gonsier, Kim Schuh and Patricia Akay
Conversation was easy and intimate as guests mingled throughout the charming cottage, then everyone gathered to hear Diana Rhoten of the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation share touching stories and successful outcomes which resulted from the $20,000 2018 Community Grant her organization received to fund 83 scholarships for Latino youth of low-income families to attend Sebastiani’s after-school and summer performing arts camps.
Impact100 Sonoma is pleased to announce five new participants in the NextGen Program, designed to inspire and empower young women to become actively involved in serving our Sonoma Valley community. The new members, pictured above from L to R, are Dayane Mendoza Solis, Sarah Gaschler, Allison Wiley-Weekes, Vianette Contreras and Betzy Chavez.
The NextGen Program provides the next generation of women an opportunity to become full Impact100 members and participate in community nonprofit engagement and the grant-making process. Participants are encouraged to join a grants committee and participate in leadership development workshops, professional networking, and other opportunities offered by the two-year program. Donations from our members and a grant from the Vera C Hendry Foundation make the program possible.
Click here to learn more about the NextGen Program. Donations in any amount are welcomed online or by mail.
The North Bay Business Journal is awarding its 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Award to Impact100 Sonoma. Each year the Journal selects individual leaders as well as a nonprofit organization to receive the honor. The award presentation and a luncheon will be held Thursday, October 25, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa.
Impact100 Sonoma is a women’s collective grant-making organization. Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 has granted $2,062,000 to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley, making it one of the valley’s largest funders. The concept of Impact100 is simple: one woman + $1,000 = one vote. One hundred percent of every membership donation is used to fund grants each year. Membership scholarship programs are available for interested women with financial need.
In June of each year, Impact100 awards one $100,000 Impact Grant along with $10,000 Impact Finalist Grants; and approximately eight Community Grants from $5,000 – $20,000. In 2019 a one-time 10th Anniversary Grant of $50,000 will be awarded to celebrate the organization’s milestone.
The diversity of grants Impact100 Sonoma has awarded over ten years touches every age and aspect of life. Service grants have supported those who are experiencing homelessness; disabilities; bullying, abuse and harassment; grief; financial, food and housing crisis; lack of job and language skills; pre-school to college financial and education needs; family and personal issues. Program grants have supported projects as diverse as gang prevention; health and environmental issues; wildlife and land protection; animal companions, adoptions and neutering; arts, science and literacy education; and end of life care.
A complete list of Impact100 Sonoma grant recipients can be found at:
Impact100 Sonoma current and former presidents:
Impact100 Sonoma presidents past and present celebrate the kick-off of the organization’s tenth anniversary. From left: Gera Vaz, Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Randazzo, Celia Canfield, founders Christine Dohrmann and Annette Lamont, Wendy Hoffman and Judith Walsh.
It took fewer than 36 hours to fill every spot for the members-only Cultural Understanding gathering on July 12 at the home of Cam McKinley. Betzy Chavez, Impact100 member and Director of School Programs and Education at La Luz Center, led a conversation and participatory exercises on topics that included religion, politics, judgments, cultural assumptions, socio-economics, empathy and engagement.
Betzy, born in Mexico and raised in Sonoma County, with a Masters Degree in Counseling and years of working locally, has a comprehensive understanding of the pulse of our Latino neighbors. She, along with member Vianette Contreras, generously offered their perspectives on the dynamics at play in Sonoma Valley. They, and everyone present, shared and expressed the vision of Impact100 Sonoma – a thriving Sonoma Valley (for all!).
Member Betzy Chavez sharing her professional and personal experiences as a Latina raised and working in Sonoma Valley
Impact100 Administrative Assistant Chelsea Gregory, Mary Marcussen, Lynne Lancaster, Betsy Chavez, Vianette Contreras, Sarah Carroll
Under the welcoming shade of a weeping willow and surrounded by vineyards and flower beds, members honored Impact100 Sonoma founders Annette Lamont and Christine Dohrmann for their vision and tenacity in forming our organization that – ten years later – has become one of Sonoma Valley’s largest funders. In addition, every past President of Impact100 was able to attend (except for BJ Bischoff who was out of town) and be acknowledged for her contributions to growing and shaping the organization.
Impact100 presidents past and present: Gera Vaz, Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Randazzo, Celia Canfield, founders Christine Dohrmann and Annette Lamont, Wendy Hoffman, Judith Walsh
Penny D’Allaird once again hosted this favorite summertime event and, this year, as the kick-off celebration of “Ten Years of Impact”, there were a few surprises – live piano music provided by Impact member Paula Szoka, a gorgeously decorated 10th Anniversary cake that was cut by the founders, a special “All about Me” drawing of products and services won by guest Joei Malpass, sumptuous food prepared by member and former-professional chef Tracy Reynes, and of course wines from top local vineyards.
Claudia Sims, Skye Halberg and guest Gayle Jenkins
Ten years worth of thanks go to many people for the success of the lovely afternoon - All of the members who purchased tickets to attend and who bought raffle tickets that raised $3210 to support our growing organization’s operating expenses; host Penny D’Allaird; members Barbara Chatham, Jerica Tercero and Joanne Warren for donating the items in the drawing; Don Sebastiani & Sons and Landmark Vineyards for wine; and all of the Event Committee volunteers.
The Impact100 Sonoma NextGen Program gives the next generation of women—particularly those who may not have the financial resources—an opportunity to become Impact100 Sonoma members through two-year scholarships. If you are between the ages of 25 and 39 and are looking to further your professional career or have an interest in joining a thriving network of community-minded women in Sonoma Valley, the NextGen Program may be of interest. NextGen members serve on grant review committees, gain leadership skills and experience, and expand their professional and personal networks. We are delighted that NextGen members Angela Ryan, Sarah Carroll, and Chelsie Running serve on the Impact100 Board of Directors. For more information and to apply online, go to https://www.impact100sonoma.org/join-participate/nextgen. For questions please contact NextGen.
New board members of Impact100 Sonoma (from left to right): Sarah Carroll, Assistant Membership Chair; Dana Simpson-Stokes, Co-Community Grants Chair; and Marney Malik, Co-Treasurer.
The Board of Directors of Impact100 Sonoma recently elected three new members to its now sixteen-member board:
Sarah Carroll will serve as Assistant Membership Chair. Sarah joined Impact100 Sonoma in 2017 as a NextGen member. With a background in travel and hospitality, she spent many years traveling through work, and she is now learning the wine industry from within the marketing team at a family-owned wine company in Sonoma.
Marney Malik will serve as Co-Treasurer. Marney is a retired corporate executive. She was formerly the VP Administration and Controller for the Greenbriar Companies, a NYSE-traded company. For 13 years she served as the Treasurer and was a Board member for Easter Seals Oregon. She has experience in finance, accounting, management, resource development, policy development, program evaluation, personnel / HR matters and nonprofits.
Dana Simpson-Stokes will serve as Co-Community Grants Chair. Dana moved to Sonoma after living in three other states and three European countries. She worked in retail buying and interior design before “retiring” to raise two children. She has served as an officer for many school and community organizations, is a docent with the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and serves on the board of Sonoma Plein Air.
A complete list of Impact100 Sonoma board members can be found at: https://www.impact100sonoma.org/about-us/board-of-directors/ .
Impact100 Sonoma 2018 board of directors.
Impact100 Sonoma is a collective grant-making organization started in August 2009 that brings together at least 100 women with a common purpose: to award an Impact Grant of $100,000 every year to a Sonoma Valley nonprofit organization that would otherwise not have access to that level of funding. To date, its members have granted a total of $2,062,000.
In 2019, in celebration of its tenth Anniversary, Impact100 Sonoma will offer a one-time $50,000 10th Anniversary Grant, in addition to the annual Impact Grant and Community Grants of up to $20,000.
The mission of Impact100 Sonoma is to empower women of Sonoma Valley to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship. Impact100 Sonoma invites all women who want to make a difference in Sonoma Valley to become a member. Information about joining can be found at www.impact100sonoma.org or by calling 707-939-5007.
At its 9th Annual Awards Celebration, Impact100 Sonoma gave its $100,000 Impact Grant to La Luz Center to fund its program, Computer Literacy and Employment Services. Since the founding of Impact100 Sonoma in 2009 the organization has awarded $2,062,000 dollars to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley, making it one of the community’s largest funders.
La Luz Center receives the Impact100 Sonoma 2018 $100,000 Impact Grant award to fund its Computer Literacy and Employment Services program. From left to right: Claudia Sims, Grants Oversight Chair, Judith Walsh, Co-President, Marcelo Defreitas, Board Chair of La Luz, Gera Vaz, Co-President, Juan Hernandez, La Luz Executive Director, Mary Jane Stolte, Impact Grant Chair, Lynne Lancaster, Co-President.
Upon receiving the Impact Grant, Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz, expressed his gratitude to Impact100 Sonoma saying, “La Luz and Impact100 Sonoma are linked as partners in support of our community and I want to thank everyone for this great honor.”
As finalists for the $100,000 Impact Grant, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Sustainable Sonoma each received unrestricted grants of $10,000.
Impact100 Sonoma awarded its $100,000 Impact Grant to La Luz Center and two $10,000 Impact Grant Finalist awards to Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Sustainable Sonoma. From left to right: Mary Jane Stolte, Impact Grant Chair, Lee Morgan Brown, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Juan Hernandez, La Luz Center, Caitlin Cornwall, Sustainable Sonoma, Claudia Sims, Grants Oversight Chair.
Next year, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Impact100 Sonoma, a special one-time unrestricted 10th Anniversary Grant of $50,000 will be awarded, in addition to the annual $100,000 Impact Grant and Community Grants of up to $20,000.
To enthusiastic applause, ten Community Grants were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:
• 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 to receive low-fee beneficial complementary therapies that are rarely covered by insurance.
• Jack London Park Partners - $15,970 to expand 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 - $20,000 to fund KID’s (Kenwood Investing in Dynamic Students) student enrichment programs for the 2018-19 school year after the fires prematurely ended the annual KIDS fundraising campaign and all existing funds were, instead, given to fire victims in the community.
• Redwood Empire Food Bank - $20,000 to provide more than 133,300 pounds of fresh produce to food insecure neighbors in Sonoma Valley.
• Sebastiani Theatre Foundation - $20,000 to fund 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-old building.
• Sonoma Overnight Support - $20,000 to expand 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 to support the expansion, 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 to fund 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.
Recipients of Community Grants of up to $20,000 celebrate their awards. Back row left to right: Debra Garber, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Cindy Vrooman, Sonoma Overnight Support, Diana Rhoten, Sebastiani Theatre Foundation, Terri Miller, Cancer Support Sonoma, Bob Bales, Kenwood Education Foundation, Kristina Ellis, Jack London Park Partners. Front row left to right: John Gurney, Sonoma Community Center, Priscilla Essert, Vintage house, Josh Kraft, Becoming Independent.
Reflecting on the awards ceremony, Co-President Gera Vaz said, “With this grant season we have provided the nonprofits in our community over $2,000,000 in nine short years. We are so proud that we’re seeing the results of our efforts make a difference in our community. Impact100 Sonoma has tremendous momentum going into our tenth anniversary year.”
The Annual Awards Celebration was sponsored by Union Bank with other financial and in-kind contributions from Hanna Boys Center.
Impact100 Sonoma is a collective grant-making organization that brings together at least 100 women in a common purpose: to award an Impact Grant of $100,000 every year to a nonprofit organization serving Sonoma Valley. The organization’s mission is to empower women of Sonoma Valley to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship.
Impact100 Sonoma welcomes all women to join the organization. Information about Impact100 Sonoma can be found at www.impact100sonoma.org or by calling 707-939-5007.
Photographs by Bari Williams
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