4Paws Making a Difference in Our Schools

4Paws has had a lot of press lately and with good cause! It was a joy to read the extraordinary testimonials from teachers who have witnessed first-hand the transformation that takes place when a therapy dog joins the classroom reading program. I cannot emphasize enough how something so simple can create such a special time in class where children feel safe and love to do what they are learning. … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Coffee Hour Resumes

Impact100 Sonoma welcomed thirteen members to an informal coffee January 13, 2016, at the Community Café. Longtime members greeted three new members (see list below) and conversations ran the gamut of topics from the "ins and outs" of Impact100 to French lessons and activities around town – even fighting human trafficking here in Sonoma county! The consensus is that another Community Café … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Membership Continues to Rise

The numbers are in and once again, Impact100 Sonoma membership has passed the 250 mark! The organization is now 276 members strong – another record membership level. More importantly, this means that in May, the organization will award $276,000 to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley. This will bring the total amount of grants awarded since the organization’s inception in 2009 to $1,468,000. This … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Members Enjoy the Holiday Party

Smiles and laughter were two key ingredients at the 2015 Annual Holiday Party hosted by Impact100 Sonoma at the Vintage House on December 3rd.  Enjoy the following photos captured by Impact100 member, Bari Williams! With many thanks to our wonderful "bartenders:" David Deigan, Fred Gilberd, Bob Nicolas, Jack Nisson, Chad Overway, and Barry Reder. and to our sponsors: … [Read more...]

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...]