Past News & Events

Our Next Generation Grows!

Impact100 Sonoma 2017 NextGen members (from left to right) are Chelsie Runnings, Angela Ryan, Gail Chadwin, Chanel Ruiz-Bricco, and Lauren Jolly. We are proud to welcome the first participants of our NextGen Program, designed to inspire and empower younger women to become actively involved in serving our Sonoma Valley community through Impact100. Our five new NextGen members (pictured above) … [Read more...]

2017 Annual Members Meeting – Another Record Year!

We had a full house at the January 14 Annual Members Meeting where enthusiasm and appreciation ruled the day. Photo courtesy of Bari Williams Hugs, smiles and laughter were abundant as 150 Impact100 Sonoma members gathered to greet old friends and new and to discover that, once again, we have a record number of members – 290! That means that in May we will be able to award $290,000 in grants to … [Read more...]

2016 Community Grant Updates

Every year we ask our grantees to provide us with a progress report six months after receiving our grant funds. The reports from 2016 Community Grantees are available now to Impact100 Sonoma members in the Members’ Portal on our website. Here are just a few examples of what has been accomplished so far: FISH has already provided rental assistance to 44 households. 81 individuals have … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma = Sonoma County Community Champion

While Friday morning’s Sonoma Farmers Market was bustling with shoppers, Assemblyman Bill Dodd made an appearance to honor Impact100 Sonoma with his Annual Community Champion Award for our work in supporting nonprofits in Sonoma Valley. Wendy Hoffman was there to accept the award on behalf of the organization. Dodd awards nonprofits and businesses that are doing great work in the communities … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Shares Another Amazing Video

4Paws Learning and Wellness Center is dedicated to making the world a better place for animals and people of all ages by understanding the emotional bonds between them. Dog owners and their dogs are trained so they can bring comfort and love to students in Sonoma Valley schools as well as residential care homes and the elderly. Impact100 Sonoma awarded a 2015 Community Grant to 4Paws to increase … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Welcomes New Board Members

New board members of Impact100 Sonoma (from left to right): Claudia Sims, Impact Grant Chair; Susan Porth, Treasurer; Cam McKinley, Assistant Communications; Judith Walsh, Governance; and (not pictured) Margaret Grandy, Community Grants; and Mary Marcussen, Special Projects. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sonoma, CA—July 5, 2016—Impact100 Sonoma’s Board of Directors recently elected five new Board … [Read more...]

Another New Video for Impact100

The latest video produced by Russ Johnson and Pat Meier-Johnson captures the essence of Parent University -- the 2015 recipient of our $100,000 Impact Grant. This program of On The Move focuses on the idea that children are more successful in school when their parents are involved in their education. That’s why Parent University offers GED classes, exercise, nutrition, culture, childcare, and more … [Read more...]

Spotlight #2 – A Travel Talk Soiree

On April 14th, Jean Behse opened her home to members of Impact100 Sonoma to talk about travel. Karen Collins started off the conversation discussing walking/hiking tours – providing several helpful tips about rating hikes, terrain and trails, and the importance of checking out ground operators and inns. Reflecting on experiences with her own tour company, she said she has gotten more out of it … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma Announces the 2016 Grant Finalists

Impact100 Sonoma will award $276,000 in grants to a variety of Sonoma Valley nonprofit organizations at its May 21st Grant Awards Ceremony. We are excited to share with you the four finalists for our $100,000 Impact Grant and the 22 finalists for Community Grants. This year, the $100,000 Impact Grant will be awarded to one of the following four nonprofit organizations serving Sonoma Valley: … [Read more...]

Rave Reviews for First Spotlight

Impact100 Sonoma’s new Spotlight Series started Sunday, March 20, with a spectacular kick-off at Natasha Martin’s home. Natasha hosted the salon in her living room in front of a warm fire on a rainy afternoon. Members enjoyed learning of her experiences in Kenya helping orphans to be able to attend school. This was made possible through a nonprofit organization that Natasha initiated–the … [Read more...]