Past News & Events

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Impact100 Sonoma Snags Third Place in 4th of July Parade!

Fourth of July on the Plaza celebrates our historic plaza and the people and organizations of Sonoma with a parade that has been called one of the ten best in the country. But this year, the celebration was made bigger and better so that the town could pay its respects to the Sonoma Community Center, which marks the 100th anniversary of its historic building and its 52 years of service to our … [Read more...]

Impact100 Sonoma debuts new video: The Impact of Giving

It is only fitting that the latest video produced by Pat and Russ Johnson would debut at the Sixth Annual Meeting of Impact100 Sonoma. While awaiting the results of the vote before awarding the 2015 grants, members were clearly moved by this extraordinary video that captures the very heart and soul of our organization. … [Read more...]