Impact100 Sonoma Awards $195,000 to Nine Sonoma Valley Nonprofits

Impact100-and-La-Luz-with-check-3855-compressedSonoma, CA—June 25, 2012—Impact100 Sonoma awarded its third $100,000 grant at the June 23 annual meeting to La Luz to fund its Fortaleciendo las Familias y Nuestra Comunidad–Strengthening Families and our Community. Over 140 Impact100 Sonoma members and guests gathered at Hanna Boys Center to hear presentations from the three Impact100 Grant finalists, awaited the tallying of the membership votes, and shared in the excitement of the results at a celebratory reception.

During the La Luz presentation, Claudia Mendoza-Carruth, Chair of the Board, invited each Impact100 member to “help strengthen the families in Sonoma” and the members responded.  The awarding of the $100,000 Impact grant will make it possible for La Luz to hire additional personnel, which in turn will increase services to their growing clientele. They plan to launch a new series of bilingual support groups and provide free onsite childcare to facilitate participation.  In addition, they will be able to make a much needed investment in capital improvements that will allow them to provide clients with the confidentiality dignity, and respect they deserve.  As described by Yvonne Hall, Executive Director, “At La Luz, we create hope and promise.”

This year, 195 women joined Impact100 Sonoma, providing a total of $195,000 in grant funds for selected Sonoma Valley nonprofits. These funds enabled the organization to provide $13,375 to both the Sonoma Community Center and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance as finalists for the $100,000 grant and an additional $68,250 in Community Grants, ranging in size from $3,250 to $15,000. The following nonprofit organizations were the recipients of these Community Grants:

10,000 Degrees, in collaboration with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, will receive $15,000 to explore a collaborative partnership that would create a college-going culture from elementary through 12th grade in Sonoma Valley.

California Parenting Institute will receive $15,000 to provide community-based parent education for high-risk families, including classes and home visits.

Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) will receive $15,000 to enable completion of capital projects begun last year to improve their facility.

Literary Arts Guild-Bookmobile of Sonoma will receive $3,250 for book supplies to support the Bookmobile at local organizations throughout the valley.

Sonoma Overnight Support (S.O.S.) will receive $11,000 to improve their homeless shelter.

Willmar Family Grief & Healing Center will receive $9,000 in funds to create “on-the-go” grief counseling kits.

Over the past five months, VP of Grants & Greater Impact Constance Grizzell, Impact100 Grant Chair Patti England, and Community Grants Chair Lorraine Ashton led the process of narrowing 39 initial letters of inquiry down to 9 nonprofits which were invited to apply for the $100,000 Impact Grant and 17 organizations which were invited to apply for Community Grants. The 3 Impact Grant finalists and 9 Community Grants finalists were selected after careful review by more than 60 Impact100 Sonoma members who served on grant review committees, chaired by Elsa Nelson, Sydney Randazzo, Nancy Lilly, Grace Meeks, Celia Canfield, Melanie Hamburger, Jeane MacPherson, and Louise Massie. Financial Review Committee members Karen Roche, Arleen Curry, Cathy Gorman, Sharon Nevins, and Susan Skinner insured that grant finalists were all financially sound organizations.

The annual meeting was led by Impact100 Sonoma President B.J. Bischoff and sponsored by Chateau Sonoma, Rabobank, Vella Cheese, Hanna Boys Center, Walter & Pistole Attorneys at Law, and Debbie Drummond Information Technology Specialties. Qualia Wines contributed wine for the reception, and hors d’oeuvres were prepared and served by students from the Sonoma Valley Teen Services Skills for Life program, the 2011 recipient of the Impact100 Sonoma $100,000 grant.