Impact100 Sonoma at the SVMA

On Saturday, November 7, nineteen Impact100 Sonoma members attended a special program featuring Jane Baldwin: Kara Women Speak – the current exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA). This wonderful exhibit was produced by Jane Baldwin following ten years of travel in Ethiopia's Omo River Valley photographing and recording the stories of the indigenous women who live there. Lucy Hamlin, … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Board Governance

“Impact100 certainly does have an impact on this community.”  These were the opening remarks by presenter Deborah Levy as she addressed a much-larger-than-expected crowd that gathered at Vintage House on November 12th for Impact100’s second educational symposium for nonprofits – “The Ins and Outs of Board Governance.” The audience was immediately engaged in an interactive and informative … [Read more...]

Impact100 Video #11 Salutes La Luz

Founded in 1985, today La Luz is expanding its reach to offer housing, legal, educational, medical, and financial aid to the working poor of Sonoma Valley. Our latest Profiles of Impact video captures the spirit and essence of the services offered at La Luz Center. Once again, our thanks to Impact100 Sonoma member, Pat Meier-Johnson and her husband, Russ Johnson, for producing yet another … [Read more...]

Impact Presents Video #9 and #10!

This month we have the good fortune to share two new videos with you - thanks again to Impact100 member Pat Meier-Johnson and her husband, Russ Johnson. The first video highlights the efforts of the Ceres Community Project through which Sonoma teens learn about healthy organic cooking, the power of diet, and the ability to make a difference in the lives of people in need. The second shares … [Read more...]

The Impact of Impact100 Sonoma

One expects an elementary school to be abuzz with energy, but at El Verano and Sassarini Schools that energy extends well beyond normal school hours thanks to a series of new classes offered by Sonoma Valley Parent University. Members of Impact100 Sonoma were recently given the opportunity to learn more about the history of Parent University and its progress in Sonoma Valley since receiving the … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Hosts Nonprofits at October Workshop

  IMPACT100 SONOMA’S 2016 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS October 15, 2015 On a warm Indian summer day, representatives of local nonprofit organizations and members of Impact100 Sonoma attended a workshop about the Impact100 grant application process for 2016.  Grace Meeks (Impact Grant Chair) and Diana Sanson (Community Grants Chair) welcomed the attendees and gave a shout-out to … [Read more...]

Sonoma Overnight Support Story in the Press Democrat

Congratulations to Sonoma Overnight Support for a wonderful article in the Press Democrat. The article shares several personal stories about those who have found shelter at The Haven, "where  nonresident homeless can take showers, do laundry, use a computer or telephone, eat a meal, find counseling and … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Members See Another Side of Jack

Most people probably think of John Griffith "Jack" London as an American writer whose world-famous fiction made him a wealthy man and gained him worldwide celebrity.  But there is more to the story.  In 1905, London purchased a 1,000 acre ranch in Glen Ellen and became part of the Valley of the Moon community.  His writing actually became a means to an end ― to expand and operate Beauty Ranch and … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma presents video #8!

Small changes make big differences... See why in our latest video about Impact100 Sonoma grant recipient, Child Parent Institute. … [Read more...]

A Summer Celebration for Impact100 Sonoma

Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 Sonoma Valley has sought to bring together women in our communities to create a “giving circle” ― at least 100 women, each giving $1,000 annually, each having one vote, resulting in one gift of $100,000 to a nonprofit organization in Sonoma Valley that has a big idea and great potential.  This has worked so well that we now have more than 250 women in the … [Read more...]