Our Next Generation Grows!

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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) represent Sonoma Valley nonprofits, businesses, and schools, and together will bring their unique experiences and community perspectives to the work that we do. The NextGen Program is made possible by the generous contributions of our members. If you would like to help sponsor the program, all levels of contribution are encouraged. Please contact NextGen Committee Co-Chairs Meghan Marsh King or Mary Marcussen for more information at: nextgenprogram@impact100sonoma.org.

In addition to the NextGen Program, several other young women from the Sonoma Valley community have joined our organization, and others have been sponsored by individual members or by their employer. This coming year we will actively encourage even more local nonprofits and businesses to support their staff in community giving and service by sponsoring Impact100 membership.

We also are pleased to announce that through the National Impact100 Council, the Morgridge Family Foundation is giving matching grants to all Impact100 chapters for the purpose of promoting philanthropy to young women. Recipients of this matching grant for our chapter are Susana Garcia, Family Engagement Director for Napa Valley Parent University, and Veronica Vences, Program Director at La Luz.

In 2017 we anticipate this groundswell of younger women to represent an increasing percentage of the Impact100 Sonoma community. These women are eager to contribute their talent and create positive change in Sonoma Valley through our collective giving circle and we are thrilled to have them on board.

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