Impact100 Sonoma Membership Tops 200 for 2014

 Sonoma, CA – January 13, 2014

As Impact100 Sonoma members gathered at their January 11 Annual Education Forum, applause erupted as president Sydney Randazzo announced, “We have done it again – We beat the 200 mark two years in a row! This year, 231 women have joined Impact100 Sonoma, which means that on June 21, 2014, our organization will be able to award $231,000 in grants to nonprofits in the Sonoma Valley.”

This membership number represents a 76% retention rate for returning members, includes 51 new members, and in June, will bring the total amount of grants awarded to Sonoma Valley nonprofits by Impact100 Sonoma to $921,000.  Randazzo added: “Impact100 Sonoma’s continuing momentum and growth means that in 2015 we will achieve the milestone of having awarded grants in excess of $1,000,000!  This is a tremendous accomplishment for our members and an incredible benefit and impact to our community.”

From left to right are Sydney Randazzo, President of Impact100 Sonoma; Pam Larson, AVP/Branch Service Manager; Ulku Barrett, VP/Senior Priority Bank Relationship Manager; Molly Fedorchak, VP/Senior Community Relationship Manager; Robin Gold, VP/Branch Manager; and Mirja Muncy, Chair of Development, Impact100 Sonoma.

From left to right are Sydney Randazzo, President of Impact100 Sonoma; Pam Larson, AVP/Branch Service Manager; Ulku Barrett, VP/Senior Priority Bank Relationship Manager; Molly Fedorchak, VP/Senior Community Relationship Manager; Robin Gold, VP/Branch Manager; and Mirja Muncy, Chair of Development, Impact100 Sonoma.

The good news continued as she welcomed Union Bank as Impact100’s major underwriter for a second year. “Union Bank is proud to support Impact100 Sonoma and its mission to help make a difference in our community through collective philanthropy,” said Union Bank Vice President and Community Relations Officer Molly Fedorchak. “Through its grants to nonprofit organizations, Impact100 Sonoma is positively impacting individuals and families, which will help to build healthy and sustainable communities.”

Randazzo reminded the attendees that all of the $1,000 donated by each Impact100 member goes directly to grants, so support from community partners such as Union Bank helps to defray the administrative costs of Impact100 Sonoma.  In expressing her thanks, Randazzo stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have the continued support from Union Bank – a partner who recognizes the impact we are making and who helps us to do so.”

These announcements initiated a high level of optimistic energy that seems to typify Impact100 meetings.  Attendees then had the opportunity to reflect on what the organization has accomplished in its short four-year history and what they would like to see as Impact100 Sonoma begins its fifth year. The organization’s mission is to increase participation among women in local philanthropy, raise awareness of the unmet needs of nonprofits in the Sonoma Valley, inspire members to become more involved with local charities, and make a substantial and lasting impact on the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit community. Listening to the voices of its members is key to Impact100’s continued success and its continued impact.

Impact100 Sonoma is accepting Letters of Inquiry for grant funding from Sonoma Valley nonprofits for its 2014 grant cycle through midnight, January 31. Grant forms and instructions and additional information about Impact100 Sonoma may be found on website or by calling 707-939-5007.

 

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